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Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi, August 19, , Tor Books edition, Hardcover in English. SHE WON'T GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHTIt's not every day you up sticks and move to another world. But then, Zoë Boutin-Perry's life has never been ordinary. Read online or Download Zoe's Tale Zoe's Tale, Old Man's War War Audience: General Format: ePUB Language: English Published: 1st.
I wrote Benefits to tell a story about how sexual politics impact on people. The characters include Lynn, a journalist and mother of a disabled daughter; Derek, Lynn's loyal but sometimes put-upon husband; Marsha, Lynn's friend and lover; and Judy who, like Cassandra in Greek myth, is cursed always to speak the truth, but never to be believed.
Another important character in the novel is a building: a crumbling inner-city tower block, squatted and colonised by dissident women. Benefits took two years to write, and was published in October by Virago. It featured in Time Out magazine's alternative bestsellers, was translated into Swedish, Danish, and German, and published as a mass-market paperback in the USA.
It was adapted into a stage play, and shortlisted for two literary awards the Hawthornden and the Philip K Dick. The Virago edition remained in print for nearly 20 years, after which the rights were acquired by Five Leaves. A quotation from the book became the text of an alternative Christmas card: "The birth of a man who thinks he's God isn't such a rare event.
Opinions varied from rapturous enthusiasm to bored distaste, from supercilious putdowns to cordial disagreement and reasoned debate. Women's Voice , the women's paper from what is now the Socialist Workers' Party, declared the book to be "feminist but not revolutionary", mainly because of its "dangerous assumption that we are involved in a gender struggle and not a class struggle.
The Women's Voice reviewer and I might not have seen eye-to-eye on the meanings of the words "feminist", "revolutionary" and "dangerous", but she had noticed what many other reviewers missed: that Benefits is a political novel in which all the serious struggles are about gender. Other issues class, party, race, international affairs are treated as peripheral, important only insofar as they reflect on how the sexes relate to each other.
This was not because I saw or see class, party, race or international affairs as side-issues. That would be absurd. Such matters, and the relationships between them, are too complex to arrange in simplistic pecking-orders of importance.
But the male-dominated Left in the 70s was notorious for doing just that: loftily informing feminists that our concerns were no more than bourgeois deviations from the real struggle, and that the problem of sexism could be left to solve itself, after the revolution.
I thought, what if it were the other problems - the ones which these men did acknowledge as important - that were left to solve themselves?
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And I wrote Benefits in that spirit. In spite of this, and in spite of the fact that the book was written before Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister, it was often seen, during the Thatcher years, as an attack on Thatcherite welfare policies.
When the stage version of Benefits was produced at the Albany Empire in south London in , Shelagh Stephenson played Isabel Travers leader of the fictional anti-feminist Family Party as a Thatcher clone - voice, handbag, the works.
Stephenson brought the house down, and I enjoyed her performance as much as anyone, but I couldn't help feeling that an important point had been missed. I don't worry about that any more. It is only right that a novel like this should take on a life of its own, and that the politics of the time when it was written should interact with those of the time when it is read.
That is my answer to those readers who, encountering the book for the first time, notice all the things I got wrong in my predictions about the early 21st century. What, no internet, no mobile phones? No AIDS, no politicisation of religion?
No Conservative Prime Minister advocating gay marriage? Such developments were unforeseeable, at least by me.
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And yes, it's embarrassing, or it would be if I had set out, in Benefits , to say, "Here's what will happen," instead of what I did set out to do, which was to put flesh on the bones of a debate by telling a story. I did get some things right: government by coalition, wealthy trading blocs putting pressure on their less prosperous neighbours to change their social policies, and, long before Diana Spencer was a twinkle in a paparazzo's eye, a charismatic princess who espouses the cause of the downtrodden.
But never would I have guessed that, more than 35 years on from the debacle, politicians would still be arguing about child benefit.
At the time of writing the plan seems to be to means-test it, taking all or part of it away from families with one high earner, but paying it in full to families with two moderately-high earners. Which doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's what you get when you start means-testing a universal benefit.
No doubt the debate will continue - in Parliament, on the streets, via social media and, for all I know, among gatherings of activists in damp basement rooms near mainline railway stations, from which the rhythmic thud and clunk of the Gestetner has long since faded away. All of you.
I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope.
Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes. It's a story you know.
But you don't know it all. She won't go down without a fight. It's not every day you up sticks and move to another world. She's the adopted teenage daughter of two former super-soldiers.
How I did what I did; how I did what I had to do; not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you.
I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes. It's a story you know.
But you don't know it all. Girl Online: Learn more.
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