and extremely thought-provoking science fiction
novel by J. Neil Schulman, recently back in print
as of this writing. It takes place in a future
world where drugs which will disable sperm
that would produce babies of a particular gender
have become widely available; due to the pressure of several long-term wars, the male
ratio of the population of the Earth
is now about seven to one.
This world, unsurprisingly, has many cultural and even governmental changes -- a draft of young women who spend three years giving guys their monthly governmental allotment of sex, a great increase in the status of homosexual men, an underclass of people called "Touchables" who have few to no legal rights, the rise of Wicca as a popular religion, the ability to keep a brain in cryogenic suspension while a new clone body is grown for it. The book mixes this world with an interesting plot of family power struggles, debates on ethics and theology, and the rise of the laser show as an art form separated from the music used in 20th century versions.