Bloodchild Discussion Questions

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Do you think that the Tlic's use of humans to incubate their eggs is moral? Find evidence from the story to support or criticize the morality of the arrangement described in "Bloodchild."

"Bloodchild" offers readers an imaginative scenario of male pregnancy set on another planet in the future. Here on earth, reproductive technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. Imagine that scientific advances made male pregnancy possible. How do you think that this would affect interactions between men and women? How would this change society? Do you think the changes would be positive or negative?

Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein can be interpreted, like "Bloodchild," as being a story about reproduction gone awry. Compare themes of responsibility, sacrifice, fear and monstrosity in the two works.

Until the 1970s, when women writers rose to prominence, science fiction was dominated by men. Do some research about one or...

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