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277 pages, Paperback
First published June 1, 1988
"They forced you to have kids?" the man asked.In this emerging world, some will have to find the strength Lilith mentions; to suffer will and desire to point in opposite directions...
"One of them surprised me," she said. "It made me pregnant, then told me about it. Said it was giving me what I wanted but would never come out and ask for."
"Yes." She shook her head from side to side. "Oh, yes. But if I had the strength not to ask, it should have had the strength to let me alone."
“They won’t survive.”Humans will be given Mars, modified sufficiently to (barely) support human existence, despite the Oankali certainty that the Mars colony will destroy itself eventually. Akin returns to tell the resisters and begin gathering them up to have their fertility restored before transport to their new world.
“There’s no perhaps. They won’t survive their Contradiction.”
“Then let them fail. Let them have the freedom to do that, at least.”