Google made a very cool interactive Doodle to celebrate Jules Verne’s birthday yesterday, you could move around in your own personal Google-shaped submarine. As a canonical science fiction author, Verne explored the highest reaches and deepest depths of the imagined world.
This got me to thinking about the science fiction genre, and what it has explored in terms of fertility. It called to mind novels that focus on sexuality and fertility like Anthony Burgess’ The Wanting Seed, Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale, and P.D. James’ The Children of Men, and similarities cropped up for me again and again in every such novel. They are all dystopian, failing future societies under strict control and usually lacking in food and shelter for the majority of its citizens. Why? Is it that when we think of fertility and man-made attempts to control or shape it, in our most celebrated and most cautionary imaginations, we foresee a bleak future?by