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CryoSleep as Backstory


So I’m working on a large scope sci-fi work. In the back-story, a sub-light ark ship was sent out into the stars to colonise new worlds (same old, same old, you’ve read it a million times). Been working on this for a while, but last night it occurred to me that gender balance might be a real issue. say you’ve got 20,000 slots, wouldn’t it make sense to have 80-90% of those reserved for fertile women? Yes, you take the intellectual cream, but most of those could still be women in their fields. Top up the ship with massive amounts of stored data and some frozen sperm, and you’ve got all the knowledge you need and you almost double the genetic variety available for your first generation of colonists. Also, the natural womb is pretty efficient when it comes to nutrient and power consumption. What then becomes of that first generation of colonists? What sort of culture shifts are we looking at?

Do the males rise to power through that testosterone-fuelled need to compete? Are they relegated to Inara style companion status due to their value as a commodity, while the women make all the important decisions?

Then the second question that comes to mind is what happens at the next generation? Does the gender balance reassert itself, or are male births artificially suppressed?


2 responses

  1. curled

    Assuming the purpose is to build a superior population as quickly as is feasible, for continued genetic diversity, suppressing the male births wouldn’t be viable. If anything, male births would need to be maximised to allow for winnowing (via sterilisation, etc) of the gene-pool as the number of women breeding will need to be maximised.
    But even if birth/breeding rates are left unchecked it will still take several generations to change the balance meaningfully.

    More interesting than the hackneyed reversal of gender preconceptions I think, is the society where the majority of citizens spend the majority of their time pregnant.
    Consider the needs and conveniences desired by a pregnant women and expand this to the society at large.
    Physical issues like door and seat dimensions, mobility aids, nutrition, etc.
    Men and infertile women by necessity specialise in the few physical jobs too delicate or unpredictable to be carried out by remote controlled drones/robots/etc. Most likely engineering and repair.

    Obviously in this system conventional families disappear. Lesbian relationships become the norm and breeding becomes a social duty, separate from relationships. People matched scientifically for their genetics most likely breeding via IVF.

    Children of course cannot be raised by both their parents who probably barely know each other. Not to mention, women make up the majority of the work force so cannot leave it to become full time mothers.
    This does open the interesting possibility of men as the primary caregiver. A creche system run by the men, potentially caring for their own children while mothers come to visit/take their children for the weekend.
    Psychological flow on effects from this lead to society considering men as the nurturers and authority figures and women as the doting, fun parent.
    A strong sense of community is also fostered as children are raised surrounded by a large amount of siblings.

    One question to ask is due to the low numbers of men, do they become seen as high value partners and have their pick of women or do they also turn towards homosexuality for intimate relationships? Most likely a mix of the two.

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    July 8, 2015 at 16:30

  2. A creche system run by the men is an excellent idea that hadn’t occurred to me. Definitely taking that on board (pardon the pun)


    July 8, 2015 at 17:44

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