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The Cage of Zeus - Haiksoru von Sayuri Ueda
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The Cage of Zeus - Haiksoru (2011. Auflage)

von Sayuri Ueda

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The future of sex and the future of terrorism collide. Reads L to R (Western Style), for audiences A The “rounds” are humans with the sex organs of both genders. Artificially created to test the limits of the human body in space, they are now a minority, despised and hunted by the terrorist group Vessel of Life. Aboard Zeus I, a space station orbiting the planet Jupiter, the “rounds” have created their own society with a radically different view of gender and of life itself. Security chief Shirosaki keeps the peace between the “rounds” and the typically gendered “mono,” but when a terrorist strike hits the station, the balance of power and tolerance is at risk, and an entire people is targeted for genocide.… (mehr)
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Titel:The Cage of Zeus - Haiksoru
Autoren:Sayuri Ueda
Info:VIZ Media (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 300 pages
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I hope this is a poor translation because the language in both dialog and description is clunky and unnatural. The hack job of plotting is all the author's though, who has clumsily injected a very poor terrorist plot into a potentially interesting situation. The characterization isn't good enough to make full use of the potential of a bigender community living within a standard heterosexual base, though it's a tad, but only a tad, better than 1960s era SF. ( )
  quondame | Apr 22, 2021 |
TL;DR: This book is a dumpster fire.

So let's have an author that doesn't understand sex, gender and sexuality write a story that involves ALL of those and fuck it up so spectacularly. Add to that a homophobic soldier in a world where being gay is supposedly OK or something? and wow.

So the Rounds are bigender, which shows the lack of understanding about what gender is. They love as male and are loved as female, thus the bigender. Yes women are passive and males are active. You have that pile of misogyny going on here. Next you have Rounds that want to be Unigender, who sabotage everything. Add to all this the fact that Rounds are supposedly "true hermaphrodites", both the author and translator do not use the word intersex, and that's what makes them so special. They also have an II chromosome because the X and Y chromosomes would never create a "true bigender". Mind you there's talk of trans people, but it's mostly passed off and "they aren't real like these Rounds here".

Now the story is about a paraste that gets released that fixes the "gender" of the Round it infects. Yes, it's some kind of bullshit thing where it renders the sexual organ unusable and thus FIXES the gender. Of course some rounds are like "I'm still bigender" but it goes against what is written in the book that "you are your sex" as Rounds start saying they are male or female after the infection.

Did I mention this book ends on a downer?

Now Harding's incident is that he wanted to love Veritas "as a woman" and Veritas wanted to love Harding "as a man" and does the whole gay stereotype of chasing Harding down to have sex with him, where in they get punched, laughed and and then want to take their own life. Harding here is severely "no homo" despite the whole world being open to that thing... but I guess NOT. Harding says he's no "bisexual" and thus doesn't want that relationship with Veritas.... which is the whole crux that the whole bigender thing is shit as the Rounds would be a different gender.

That's the whole limitation of this book is that there are ONLY two genders, male female. Which missed the whole point of the discourse on gender, sex and such and how gender and sex are social constructs and there are a ton more genders and sex and sexualities out there than the binary.

Also punishment against Calendula is sterilization to one sex.. yup... Like the way the Rounds are treated in this book as if they aren't human and thus they get punishments that are the types handed out to animals. ( )
  Maverynthia | Jul 29, 2017 |
Might have been forward-thinking forty years ago. Perhaps that's where Japan is on gender and sexuality issues, but I doubt it. Good use of shifting points of view among diverse characters. The dialogue and internal monologues are stilted - probably somewhat the translator's fault, but it often comes off as something like a Speed Racer cartoon. Responses and opinions on complex situations that in real life would take much time for consideration and discussion are relayed as succinct statements of the obvious.
Skip this and read The Left Hand of Darkness instead. ( )
  klh | Nov 17, 2011 |
kind of weird, but a good twist. I really liked this book! ( )
  jovemako | Oct 15, 2011 |
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The future of sex and the future of terrorism collide. Reads L to R (Western Style), for audiences A The “rounds” are humans with the sex organs of both genders. Artificially created to test the limits of the human body in space, they are now a minority, despised and hunted by the terrorist group Vessel of Life. Aboard Zeus I, a space station orbiting the planet Jupiter, the “rounds” have created their own society with a radically different view of gender and of life itself. Security chief Shirosaki keeps the peace between the “rounds” and the typically gendered “mono,” but when a terrorist strike hits the station, the balance of power and tolerance is at risk, and an entire people is targeted for genocide.

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