Glasshouse first post

I imagine there's going to be somewhat less on this document than there is on the Le Guin post, but while I'm doing masterposts I may as well do this one. This post contains my sources and citations for Glasshouse, by Charles Stross.

  • The actual book, Glasshouse, by Charles Stross.[1. Stross, Charles. Glasshouse. New York: Penguin, 2006. Print.]
  • Crib Sheet: Glasshouse, by Charles Stross.[2. Stross, Charles. "Crib Sheet: Glasshouse." Charlie's Diary. Charles Stross. 13 June 2013. Web. 21 Feb. 2014.]
  • Asimov's chat with Charles Stross,[3. DiLucchio, Patrizia. "Asimov's chat with Charles Stross." 2003. Web. 21 Feb. 2014.] which required the WayBack Machine to get to.  I saved a screencap, a copy of the text, and noted the WayBack URL, original URL, and citation in a separate document.
    • Significant quote; "And I got this crazy idea: what if you ran the Zimbardo prison study protocol in something not unlike Varley's Eight World's universe, with gender roles instead of prisoner/guard roles?"

The reason Glasshouse is a part of this project for me is because, when I came up with the idea, I originally could only think of two books that dealt strongly with gender: The Left Hand of Darkness, and this one.  It deals with characters from the distant future, who are able to change their bodies pretty much at will, and who are forced into a situation where they have to live in a fixed body of a fixed gender in an attempted reproduction of the Western world, circa 1950-2000.  The main character, who lives as a man at the start of the book, struggles with the extreme limitations of his assigned identity as a woman.

Glasshouse also makes an important link backwards in time in my project: Stross has said on multiple occasions that he wrote the book as his own "Eight Worlds" novel -- "Eight Worlds" being a setting conceived in the 1970s by John Varley, in which he "asked questions about the meaning of identity and gender in a future where biology was as mutable as clothing is today," as Stross wrote in Crib Sheet: Glasshouse.

I'm two chapters into The Ophiuchi Hotline, the first "Eight Worlds" book.  So far, gender hasn't come up much.  I'm not sure if this was the ideal book to pick for the topic of gender, but I figured the earlier the better when looking for ground-breaking SF.

[Above written 2014.02.21]