Here is what the jury had to say:
Although we immediately loved this story, our initial reaction was that the centrality of a same-sex relationship in the place we might expect a heterosexual one wasn’t enough to persuade us that our understanding of gender was being explored and expanded. But the more we thought and talked about it, the more things we felt the story accomplished. Because a queer relationship does have a different connection to the reproduction of the species, to have a disturbing alien reproductivity routed through queer female bodies did feel radical and new. “Galapagos” made us think of the work of Octavia Butler. There can be no higher praise
Possible discussion questions:
Motherhood always suggests some form of cannibalization of the mother’s body. Does this story speak to that or is the act of reproduction here so alien as to say nothing about ordinary human reproduction?
What do we make of the title and references to Darwin?
There is a docility in the woman in the hospital and also, arguably, in her lover in the spaceship. What do you make of this passivity?
What is the role of science in the story? Of religion? Of love?