This is an amazing utopian novel offering intensely original (and sometimes even humorous) solutions to some of the most pressing problems we face: in particular, this book takes on capitalism, sexism, racism, homophobia, and urban planning, and imagines a future world in which we all choose our own names, have three self-aware and gender-varied "mothers," regularly communicate with animals (including our cranky cats), can take out the Mona Lisa on loan to hang in our room for a few weeks if we are willing to wait our turn, use a transit system based on bike-sharing, have grown up with a strong sense of our own self, and are socially mature, insightful, and self-directed in ways you never even thought about! Despite its imagining a future without New York City (!), I still love this Bible of What Might Be Possible If We Actually Fulfilled Our Human Potential. Not to mention its hero is a 37-year-old Chicana kick-ass mother and possible future science whiz, and that the book occasionally shifts into Spanish and back to English again. Ahead of its time in so many ways!
Hailed as a classic of speculative fiction, Marge Piercy's landmark novel is a transformative vision of two futures-and what it takes to will one or the other into reality. Harrowing and prescient, Woman on the Edge of Time speaks to a new generation on whom these choices weigh more heavily than ever before. Connie Ramos is a Mexican American woman living on the streets of New York. Once ambitious and proud, she has lost her child, her husband, her dignity-and now they want to take her sanity. After being unjustly committed to a mental institution, Connie is contacted by an envoy from the year 2137, who shows her a time of sexual and racial equality, environmental purity, and unprecedented self-actualization. But Connie also bears witness to another potential outcome: a society of grotesque exploitation in which the barrier between person and commodity has finally been eroded. One will become our world. And Connie herself may strike the decisive blow.