i don't have to strain too too hard to see how this is considered feminist, but it is also not obviously feminist in any way. i don't have a problem with that, but this is thought of as feminist sci-fi. i'm not against sci-fi, especially as she explains it in her truly awesome introduction (not predictive but thought-experiment and descriptive) but i really did not engage with this book. she has some interesting ideas that unfortunately felt too long (while staying vague) in explanation/exploration. i think this would have been a fantastic short story, but as a novel, it doesn't hit its mark. which is really unfortunate, because there are so many amazing things in here. i think i would have absolutely loved this if it were a short story or novella."'I will seek the answer of the question you ask, Herbor, and I will ask no price. But bethink you, there is always a price. The asker pays what he has to pay.'""'I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain plowland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? What is love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry? Then it's not a good thing.'""It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."