Alldera was a Fem, and she knew the horrors of the Holdfast, where labor fems and breeding fems were treated worse than beasts.
She knew the legends of the free fems who roamed the scorched plains beyond the Wild.
And she knew what she had to do.Ballantine - 1974
The Wasting had destroyed their world—only a few survived...
The men of the Holdfast had long treated with contempt the degenerated creatures known as "fems." To give themselves the drive to survive and reconquer the world, the men needed a common enemy. Superstitious belief had ascribed to the fems the guilt for the terrible Wasting that had destroyed the world. They were the ideal scapegoat. The truth was lost in death and decay and buried in history. It was going to be a long journey back...
A world where women are fems.
And Fems are not human.
DarkDreamer pushed her face against the wet earth.
"Eat," he said.
Alldera bit at the mud, coughed.
"What's the lesson?" he asked.
"The master is always the master, and he does as he pleases according to his will," she mumbled.
But in her heart she knew differently... she and the other rebel fems who were planning revenge!Ballantine - 1974
From the time of the Ancients, the enmity of fathers and sons was legendary. So the far-future society of the Holdfast took pains to sink the identities of individual fathers and sons into the anonymous divisions of Seniors and Juniors. But Eykar Bek knew his father's names; now he wants to track down and confront the man who gave him life. With a price on his head, Bek enlists the aid and comfort of Servan d Layo, the rebellious Dark Dreamer. Together, these comrades-in-arms embark on an arduous journey to fulfill their individual destinies and reclaim their world.
"A future that is at once believable and fascinating!" —William S. Burroughs
The terrifying science fantasy about a world ruled by men