OSC Answers Questions
In the Homecoming series, What was your inspiration for Basilica, the
"City of Women"?
Was it simply an ideology that you explored whilst writing the series or is it based
on fact, either historical or contemporary?
-- Submitted by Chris Riding
OSC REPLIES: - September 4, 2000
I've never heard of any city or state organized like Basilica; it was
entirely of my invention. However, as is so often the case, Basilica's system is an
exaggeration of something that I think is very common -- that civilization exists
to serve the needs of women, and men are accommodated within it at the expense
of some of their dominance traits. Not that men don't benefit from civilization -
they do. But the strongest, most predatory men have to be contained for
civilization to work at all. Basilica simply exaggerates and emphasizes that aspect
As for the temporary marriage customs, that is simply an exaggeration of the way
America deals with marriage today.