Solution Three
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NAOMI MITCHISON has written over seventy books for adults and children, including the well-known science fiction novel Memoirs of a Spacewoman.

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Solution Three

Naomi Mitchison

Afterword by Susan Squier

Like Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland, Solution Three presents a future society in which reproductive control and homosexuality shape a more equitable life for all, eradicating aggression and racism, curbing overpopulation, and providing a dependable food supply. But there are those who are rebelling in this peaceful world: Miryam, a geneticist, secretly married, is rearing her own children; Lilac, a surrogate mother chosen to carry a Clone baby, is delaying her son’s seizure for social conditioning; and even the carefully conditioned Clones are behaving unexpectedly. This novel asks the courageous question: What is the cost to women of new models of reproducing life, regardless of the intentions behind the goal?

"One of the great subversive thinkers and peaceable transgressors of the twentieth century, Naomi Mitchison combines scientific understanding with humane social conscience in a fascinating visionary novel. We are just catching up to this wise, complex, lucid mind that has for ninety-seven years been a generation or two ahead of her time. A thought-experiment in the psychology and ethics of tampering with gender and genetics, Solution Three could have been written yesterday, and will certainly be read tomorrow."

—Ursula K. Le Guin

"Spoofing, irreverent, subversive in every direction, Solution Three is a must read for all who are interested in compassionate spaces opened by provocative re-examination of sexualities."

—Jill Benton, associate professor of English, Pitzer College and author of Naomi Mitchison: A Biography