#RainbowSnippets: A Symposium in Space

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Every Saturday or Sunday, those participating post and share six sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction on their blogs. It can be their own. It can be someone else’s. It just needs to be LGBTQIA+.

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For mine, Phaedra will continue where she left off last Saturday in A Symposium in Space…

Doctors learned ways to cultivate and clone sperm from existing samples which had been carried from Ancient Earth. A brilliant young scientist created something called sohm, a substitute for sperm which could be used to create a fetus.

Women could hand over their ova to a fetus creche, where it could be grown in warm fluid filled with all the essential nutrients needed to develop it. This was a much more comfortable way of having a child than going through pregnancy.

I wondered if we hadn’t lost something in abandoning the rite of childbirth. I’d never known my mother, not really.


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16 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets: A Symposium in Space

    1. Yes, as someone who’s very close to my own mother, I felt the loss hit me in the gut, even while I was considering the ease, comfort, lack of risk, or health problems women would gain by taking advantage of this technological advantage.

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  1. Not having had children, I cannot comment on the emotional impact this would have on both mothers and children, but….prengnancy and birth is pretty fundamental to us as a species. Replacing it is, maybe, liberating, but how would it change us? … Michael Szameit, a German sci-fi author, had a similar concept in one of his books, and the women came across as incredibly shallow, picking out genetic traits from the father that would create unusual looking children and such. Like a lab experiment. Now I wonder if we’re conditioned to think that way.

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    1. I wondered about these things, too, about how removing pregnancy would change a society. Add to this not having much contact with a child or a child not having much contact with her mother, well, let’s just say Phaedra is wondering about these things herself right now.


    1. Do members of the Intergalactic Democracy regard the children they’ve donated their genetic material towards as their babies, though? Their daughters, their successors, their heirs, their hopes for the future, but their babies? In this particular matriarchy which mirrors ancient Greece, life givers may well have a similar attitude fathers did to sons in patriarchal antiquity, sons whom were presented to them at birth, yet the fathers themselves had very little contact with. Mentors and live givers who actually spend time with girls growing up are likely to have a strong emotional bond with them, are more likely to see them as their babies, or their children, since they’re with the youngsters during that developmental stage. Phaedra is about to recall something of that in the next snippet…:)

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  2. Thank you! To be honest, it’s the sort of topic I can only approach from an individual perspective. In this case, it’s Phaedra’s. It would be very different if it were Pausania or Eryximachia. As for Sokrat, heh, spreading thought and discussion on this topic and many other topics is one of her goals. 🙂


    1. Thing is a lot of them might not realize it. (wry grin) If someone uses a teleport beam, it might seem convenient, saving time and trouble. No one might consider the beautiful countryside their ancestors once passed through, getting from one point to another.

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  3. Intriguing. There would be benefits to the technological development, I’m sure, allowing people to have babies who might not be able to carry a pregnancy to term otherwise, but yes, I can see how there are other implications with the way this society has used it.

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    1. Thank you! I had to think a lot about how this matriarchy would work. Describing it from Phaedra’s perspective brought it to life for me, along with how it would contrast with others’ perspectives who were involved in her life.


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