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oursin

Yes, it's definitely partly about that specific historical moment, but I think that it's also part of Mitchison's ongoing explorations into the idea of utopia, the problems of creating the perfect society, &C, which cross over her historical, contemporary and sff fiction throughout her career (one of her last published books, written in her 90s, was about Diggers and Levellers in the English Civil War) and also her non-fiction (The Home in a Changing World is very much about the same issues she was dealing with in fiction around the same time). Blood of the Martyrs uses early Christianity under the Roman Empire in a similar fashion.

But her experiences of working in Labour politics and the birth control movement, and of going to the Soviet Union, etc, contributed a real-world knowledge of the processes.

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She wrote in her wartime diary somewhere that she wanted her tombstone to say simply, "N.M. Spring Queen".

I finished the book last night. I can't help but compare it to Mary Renault's books and their politics which never got to so grand a scope... Renault's Alexander is uncomplicated compared to Mitchison's Alexander and to Kleomenes or Erif/Tarriq.

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