False Fatherland Author:A. Bertram Chandler Sparta was a backwater planet in a forgotten corner of the galaxy. An isolated world where the majority of men had never seen a woman?and did not know what they were. Their history books and their literature made no mention of a second sex, and the custodians of the Birth Machine and of the laboratories where each new generation was created kept... more » the secret with fanatical zeal.
This was the situation when John Grimes, Master of the Interstellar Federation ship Seeker III, arrived on the planet. But when the Spartans saw the strangely shaped "men" among the ship's complement of officers, the results were catastrophic for their society.
Without any knowledge of women, these men were still attracted by them.
They did not understand why but they were determined to find out.« less