I love reading speculative fiction; ever since A Canticle For Leibowitz I’ve been a sucker for stories about what other times or other worlds might look like.
It’s the one type of fiction I had never tried to write, because while I love the pondering of those what-if ideas, I have real trouble turning those ideas into plots and story.
The idea I’ve been pondering off and on for a few days now is admittedly bizarre but I just can’t shake it.
In the book of Genesis, the scriptural account of the Fall of Mankind includes The Curse of Eve–that Woman would know pain in childbirth. That, combined with Burroughs’ Galactic Mammaria, has me wondering. Wouldn’t it be interesting if, before “the curse”, women WERE egg-layers. In fact, wouldn’t it be interesting if mankind weren’t _Mammals_ at all until after the fall? After all, there’s that verse about Adam and Eve seeing their nakedness and being ashamed. Could it be that “nakedness” meant “mammal bodies with overt sex characteristics?” I just think it’d be fun to imagine the Genesis creation account written from the perspective of our times, with some speculation about what it may have been like.