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N existence of the Internet was also probably an obstacle to such an endeavour And the movement was scary to those in power as change always is Still Boyd grievously misrepresents the eminist platformThe most striking example comes toward the end of the book after the women have assumed comes toward the end of the book after the women have assumed and are making it ever harder or men to be men and small green War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today furry creaturesrom Alpha Centauri to be small green A Boy in Winter furry creaturesrom Alpha Centauri Boyd has the women led by the Mother Presiding Dr Carey hyper Frost at Midnight feminize America And in so doing those same women are behaving like noneminist women who just happen to have homicidal urges any time they see a man who isn t blindly docile to the New Logic of women Whereas Princess Baby, Night-Night feminism nowocuses on gender euality and eliminating difference Boyd s The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post feminists exhibit traits that moderneminism claims exist primarily because of male dominance in society ergo in a Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution female dominated or gender eual society those traits would be minimized or non existent As a result while Sex and the High Command probably stands as an interesting example of how reactionaries viewed theledgling On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock feminist movement of the 1960s it s hardly a valid critiue of that movementSo Sex and the High Command is neither an intellectually stimulating polemic nor a rousing adventure novel It has no interesting characters very little clever or even cogent dialogue and a distinct absence of plot or true resolution So already this book has managed to alienate the two largest non disjoint sets of SF readers those who seek profound themes and those who just want to relax and read a good story Only those interested in historical artifacts or people like me who will read something that they suspect is awful justor that suspicion will ind This Book Appealing But That book appealing But that be optimism on my partBecause repetition is key yes it s as bad as it sounds The book irst published in 1970 I love the back cover blurb Women s Lib Gone Wild and the author John Boyd dedicates the book to the Greek dramatist Aristophanes and the American comicsatarist Lenny Bruce an interesting choice Aristophanes of course wrote the play Lysistrata in which the women of ancient Athens and the rest of Greece withheld sex rom the men until they stopped the Peloponnesian WarHowever in Boyd s book the women want to do away with men entirely As the back page says It spelled war between the sexes I ound the book Disjointed In Parts At Times Is Was in parts At times is was right confusing There was a host of characters coming in and out of the book While I enjoyed the different personalities and their individual uirks I never really seemed to get to know them The ending of the book seemed rushed like Boyd had a deadline to meet One thing piled on another and another Again their were parts of the book that were interesting but on the whole it was a disappointment it could have been so much betterBUT the last page I did lik. Eam designed to do away with superfluous men It spelled WAR BETWEEN THE SEXES. G on absurdist Nini flavourediction I m a huge I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) fan of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy while I couldn t uite get through Catch 22 theirst time I was only in grade 6 so I igure I have an excuse I m going to try again soon But even absurdist literature might have A POINT THIS BOOK DOES NOT BOTH ITS CHARACTERS point this book does not Both its characters its plot are utterly superfluous excise both rom the book and the same story minus the anciful names remains in its uestionable gloryMost of Sex and the High Command is dialogue and most of that dialogue makes no sense whatsoever I spent all my time as bewildered as the main character Captain Hansen WHO ALSO HAS NO IDEA WHAT also has no idea what going on Normally this shared bewilderment creates a sense of empathy between reader and protagonist To some extent that s true here Hansen s probably the least worst character in the book but any hope of identifying with Hansen is scuttled in the very irst chapter by the way he arrives home after his tour of duty waltzing into his house and expecting his wife and daughter to be waiting or him ull of analogies about how he runs his home like a boat Right I m aware that this is probably just the novel showing its age combined with my inability to put myself in a 1970s male mindset but I was prejudiced against Hansen Camp Rex from the startThe trouble is Boyd s straw meneminists pun intended are so limsy that it s impossible to identify with them either The reader is left watching insane protagonists the de acto leader of whom is intent on nuking the continental United States and even insane antagonists The method by which the women gain power Touch of Enchantment forcing the incumbent government tolee to Greenland is specious at best I m not even going to talk about how the incumbent government was planning to stay in power by conspiring to get a redneck elected president In Return For Finding return When Dads Don't Grow Up forinding a virgin redneck girl to marry Only the FBI agent sent to Miles from Kara find said girl beds her before bringing her back and then the redneck and his new bride die when their yacht sinks while they have sex Oh and a grammarian literally dies of a heart attackrom hearing the redneck put Pee Wee Scouts treasury (Pee Wee Scouts, four prepositions at the end of a sentenceYes it s as bad as it soundsSince the dialogue is so confusing and the actions that dialogue seems to precipitate make no sense I spent the majority of the book turning the pages and remarking This book is FUBAR Ordinarily that s not a good thing and Sex and the High Command is not one of those rare it s so crazy it s brilliant exceptions It is FUBARThematically this book is a mess I will ignore theact of its anti eminism declaiming that would be utile and ocus only on the unrealistic portrayal of its eminist antagonists Yet another one of those pesky relativistic ualifications the High Heat feminist movement as we know it today was very young in that era and it s not like Boyd could go online and do a couple hours research on the subject the no. 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Practically an historical artifact to me Sex and the High Command was educational even though it was not entertaining It reminded me that there even though it was not entertaining It reminded me that there a sharp difference between books set in the Cold War written during the Cold War and books set in the Cold War written after the act Reading it while discussing Left Hand of Darkness in English class I was struck by the similarities in the two novels both are gender issues and both are a product of the 1960s But that s where the similarity ends Sex and the High Command definitely reads like the sort of pulp sci i novel that made it difficult or the mainstream audience to take science iction seriously the sort of novel against which Ursula K Le Guin was campaigning both thematically and structurally when she came out with The Left Hand of Darkness Now I haven t read much pulp sci i That was part of the reason I elected to read this awful book I also saw it eatured in an io9 triviagasm about parthenogenesis and decided to check it out I m aware there s probably much better pulp sci A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas fi stressing that better is an incredibly relative term The description is very sparse so I ll deviaterom my normal reviewer schema and give a brief plot summary It s contemporary 1970s America Captain Ben Hansen of the United States Navy is just returning home rom an eighteen month tour of duty off Antarctica While he s been away a scientist by the name of Dr Henrietta Carey has perfected an orgasm inducing parthenogenesis drug marketed under the name Vita Lerp and collouially called a V bomb As a result America s women are locking to the FEM Freedom Euality and Motherhood party to support Carey as a presidential candidate and literally eliminate men as superfluous uantities Hansen alls in with several high ranking military officers and key cabinet members to plot how to take the United and key cabinet members to plot how to take the United back rom these crazy manslaughtering womenYes it s as bad as it soundsLet me set the thematic elements aside or the moment and solely ocus on how badly written the book is To be Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss fair I have read worse John Boyd actually has a very good command of the English language both in vocabulary and syntax It s clear he loves describing naval operations in detail he doesn t just say the ship docked but spends entire pages showing us the operation Those interested in reading navaliction might get out of this book than I didAs a story however Sex and the High Command severely lacks anything resembling a sensible plot or realistic character development Again my context is a little vague here What resources I could turn up seem to indicate that this isn t satire but it belongs to a school of sci Don't Hex with Texas fi that s tongue in cheek in its approach bordering on absurdism but not uite philosophically adept enough to earn that label It reads like a Saturday Night Live sketch that s 212 pages long and has also ingested steroidsTo be clear I m not raggin. WOMEN'S LIB GONE WILDDr Henrietta Carey leader of the Fems was theirst woma.