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Seven Sexes?

I first read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five at some point in college.  Published in 1969, Slaughterhouse-Five is commonly lauded as one of the top 100 literary works of the 20th century. Billy Pilgrim is a man who has come unstuck in time, bouncing through episodes of his past, the present, and even to his death in the future.  Abducted by aliens from Tralfamadore for a display in their zoo, Billy learns that while human beings experience time in a linear fashion, the Tralfamadorians perceive all of time at once.  This provides them with some interesting insights into the divisions of the sexes:

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