May i quickly offer a recommendation for an author who's sci-fi stories address issues of gender, sexuality, race and so on? Her name is Ursula le Guin, she recently turned 80 and she is amazing. In particular, i'm going to recommend The Left Hand of Darkness. It's a fantastic story about a race of people who are neither male nor female for most of the time, but can take on either gender. Inheritance passes to the children you gave birth to rather than those you sired and so forth. It was written in the 70's (i think) and caused quite a stir. Four Ways to Forgiveness is one of her more recent stories but the themes are as strong as ever.
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