Next Stop: Virgin Planet

Weird news about pollution and gender imbalance in an Arctic community. Fortunately, that’s a long way away and it could never happen here.

[The first report seen at’s Broadsheet.]

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James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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8 Responses to Next Stop: Virgin Planet

  1. al_zorra says:

    I used hear Living on Earth all the time, but the local, primary public station dropped it.

    Air America seems to have started running it just this week.

    But I’d heard about this before too.

    Love, C.

    • JE says:

      I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore. But I don’t like what I’m hearing about changes at NPR.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not a surprising occurrence. Many of the toxins that have made it into our water supply are suspected of being connected to the disruption of gender development w/in the womb. Unfortunately you live in a state that is so pro-corporation that they have yet to adopt federal guidelines for the environmental assesment of potential health hazards as a result of new projects/policies/emmissions. If this trend keeps up we may all be Gethen here along the North Coast.


    • JE says:

      The Gethenians at least had a sustainable reproductive system, so I guess we could do worse.

      There might be an interesting prequel for The Left Hand of Darkness in all this…

  3. peadarog says:

    My last story in Black Gate — where beauty lies in wait, was inspired by similar things happening amongst fish about 10 years ago. It’s scary stuff.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Having a received a couple of degrees in male-dominated fields and worked in a few male-dominated jobs, let me just say…it could be worse. 😉

    –Jeff Stehman

    • JE says:

      Yes I know what you mean, I think. I guess things could always be worse, even in this scenario…

      Bertram Chandler wrote a sort of response to Virgin Planet (not Anderson’s best, in my view) called Spartan Planet–which was one of Chandler’s best, in my view. (Of course, that’s a lower standard.)

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