SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT SOME OF THE EVENTS IN THE BOOK TO BE A SURPRISE! THESE QUESTIONS ARE TO HELP BOOK CLUBS AND READING GROUPS WITH DISCUSSIONS.
How is The Light Side of the Moon atypical of science fiction? Where was the author successful (or not successful) with genre tropes?
How does The Light Side of the Moon mix utopian ideas with dystopian ideas? How can it be a dystopian vision if racism and sexism has disappeared?
Right now we have public school, do you believe in a future where no public school exists? How do you think that will change a technological society?
What do you think about how the book explored marriage?
How did you feel about the appearance of a third gender and the openness of sexuality in a monogamous society?
How did you feel about the way the author choose to show devout characters and the changes in religions?
How do you feel the novel explores classism?
How did you feel about how The Light Side of the Moon deals with murder and capital punishment? Do you believe that murder is always wrong?
What do you think of the way androids such as Rosalind, Gaston and Vasili are portrayed as “people” with all the rights as humans, but “lesser” bots, such as the medi-bot, are considered tools though they have some intelligence in their programming?
During the course of The Light Side of the Moon, Ellie changes in many ways. What do you see as the most significant change she undergoes, and what kind of person do you think she will be two years after the story ends?
Why do you think a “good” character, such as Ian, has so many little problems through out the story? Do you believe he and his father are good doctors though they sterilize patients and killed a terminally-ill man?
Compare and contrast the decisions that Ian, Ivonne and Ellie make through the novel to ensure the colony’s success. Do you believe space colonization is a viable option for humanity?