1. List of 2 examples
a, the body as a material for art or utopian worldbuilding
-In the text there were multiple examples of body modification for art/utopian world building. In which Swan admitted
to having changes happen to her body such as putting parts of animals into her body so that she could whistle like a bird
or how she could purr like a cat to soothe her pain. In some instance she talked about damaging her body for art and how
she marked her body, allowing it to bleed for art.
b, the landscape as a material for art or worldbuilding
-The examples of landscape would be how she would build terrariums and how they made it seem that for space-walkers
this was no major deal as it was art and people would critique their work. Some plants were built differently for different
reasons, as a planet made for rice farming had an incredible amount of rain.
c, life as a project as a material for worldbuilding
-There was a part where they talked about how both the male and female could conceive a child as well and both parts
of doing so are as equally as difficult. Maybe they were talking about how both being a mother and father is an important
and difficult task, as Swan and her male companion both experienced giving birth and agreed on that.
d, community collective society as a material for utopian worldbuilding
-For this I saw how different planets had different living styles and they were being compared to Earth. And how Earth
is ungrateful for how great it is and how they don't need any modifications or tools to enjoy life on there and yet the
humans on there kidnapped Swan and were going to sell her as a "spacewalker"
2. While I agree with your viewpoint on it being partially about capitalism, what I saw was much more. There was
definitely a discussion to be had about climate change and also about artificial intelligence and how electronics
aren't completely trustworthy. Some don't trust the smartphones of this book called "qubes" as they are seen as
personality altering and many agreed that Swan had changed as a person. There is also a discussion to be had about
racism and war, how people from Earth are against spacewalkers and immediately wanted to take advantage of Swan.
There is a conflict to be had in which there might be a war against Earth and the sunwalkers.