In 1996 Marge Piercy published what would become one of the most influential books in my life, Woman on the Edge of Time. It is a visionary presentation of an alternate world through the eyes of an underclass, institution ensnared, woman of color. In it, Piercy establishes herself on the forefront of issues ranging from mental illness, environmentalism, class, war, and gender/sexuality. It was obscure then, hiding in plain sight among the tidal wave of new and experimental science fiction of the time and is still obscure to mainstream audiences today, regardless of its status as a utopian classic. It’s a vision of the world that I think is worth revisiting, that seems more tangible and attainable than it did twenty years ago, as we transition into a new time.
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