Posted by : Wendy B Friday, 22 March 2013
I was thinking earlier today that it's kind of weird how I haven't really seen any major variances from the male/female paradigm in the sci-fi I've seen. Now, I'm not a sci-fi fan and am only recently starting to explore the genre, so it's possible I'm just haven't seen enough yet. But it seems like usually even if there's really no good reason for a species to fit those categories, they do anyway in some ways.
I also find it a little strange that I haven't come across a story where there is more than one dominant intelligent life form on a single planet.
So, I'm looking for books/films/games/whatever that include any of the following as a major concept rather than just a passing thought:
1. More than two sexes present in a species
2. Gender completely separate from sex. For example, no gender variation, more than two genders (or more/fewer genders than sexes in the species), the same number of gender categories but with characteristics completely unrelated to biological sex and having equal numbers of each sex in each category.
3. Only one sex in a species, with no pair-bonding present or at least not tied to reproduction. Maybe reproducing by splitting off a copy of oneself, or maybe some sort of self-fertilization (don't flowers do that?), or some other option I haven't considered.
4. Several sapient species that developed and co-exist on a single planet.
5. Sexes present in a species do not resemble the human ones. No breasts, maybe no sexual dimorphism or very different sexual dimorphism (like different colors or patterns - think birds), etc.
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