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Old Jun 23 2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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I'm rereading these books, and it's been a while, and I had forgotten how much I dislike a certain part of Freedom’s Challenge – the “Must Make Babies Now!” campaign. It’s really problematic. First of all, they’re still stranded on an alien planet wondering whether their original captors or their new landlords are going to attack them first; Second, they’ve been having trouble assimilating all the new adults that are being constantly dumped on the planet. But that implies that there would be a good time to start pressuring every available female to start having babies.

I don’t like them pushing Kris. I find her reaction – backing away, an outraged “WHAT?!” – to be perfectly reasonable. Then Zainal tries to talk to her about it and she doesn’t want to, and is outraged that he fully supports this campaign, and he holds her down when she wants to get up and leave the conversation. Then he gets up to get her some more soup, and by the time he returns, she’s given in, saying “I guess I overreacted a little.”

NO YOU DIDN”T!!!

This change of attitude happened over only a couple of pages, and less than a couple of hours. I would expect a lot more talking, thinking, looking at other women who are happy with the situation, before even considering the idea seriously.

Not to mention that this new policy gives every man on the planet an open invitation to proposition her.

The way she ends up getting her baby doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the way she’s told she has to start having some.
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Old Jun 24 2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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Gee, for once the men get it their way... and what do you get, a critical reader

Sorry, couldn't help myself Brenda. I agree with you!
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Old Jun 24 2013, 09:20 PM   #3
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It's just so wierd reading it and she's all of a sudden okay with it, or at least not mad about it, even though she then keeps having trouble with guys who keep asking.
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I have to agree. There were several times, including that one, when her reactions weren't what I would expect of such a strong, self-confident, independent woman like Kris.
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Old Jun 25 2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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I also don't get why they thought that was a good time to start a population surge in the first place!
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Because BABIES! All McCaffrey heroines need to pop out a sprog or three.

(You know what, I think this is one of the reasons why the Crystal Singer books and The Ship Who Sang have aged so well. No reproductive imperatives!)
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Except Lessa! She had to stop after the one and her hubby was even understanding somewhat...

Don't forget the plot of her very first story was about (Martian) babies... although she actually didn't like that one herself. And I think you can add the original Pern trilogy to the 'better with age' group too, I think.
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Old Jun 27 2013, 10:54 AM   #8
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Except Lessa! She had to stop after the one and her hubby was even understanding somewhat...

Don't forget the plot of her very first story was about (Martian) babies... although she actually didn't like that one herself. And I think you can add the original Pern trilogy to the 'better with age' group too, I think.
Ah, but Ramoth Super Breeder more than made up for Lessa!
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Old Jun 27 2013, 01:49 PM   #9
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I've been thinking - it could have been so much better, just have another bit of exposition about life on Botany, and how all the new people were settling in and it looked like there was going to be a baby boom... And Kris would be thinking about it, never having thought about having kids before, but then Zainal couldn't be the father... And maybe have her friends ask, and Zainal ask, but not pressure her! And then have the rest of it as written
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Ah, true. Very true. But then, the dragons outbreed all
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That's why there are so many of them today!
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I think Brenda, you have nailed one of the reasons I was never crazy about these books. Letting nature take it's course is one thing. When the future of your entire settlement is in doubt, pushing a baby boom seems .... irresponsible.
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