1. A. Body- A major example of this is how the people live at this time. People seem to be living much longer compared to before. For example, Alex, Swan's grandmother, passes away at the age of 191. In a time like right now, that would be insane and she would have been on her deathbed long before that. In this time however, they have have managed to push our age limit to parts unknown. Another example of the body in world building is Swan herself in many ways. She is the character who seems, in way, most out of place in this time. While she does use technology, she is in every sense of the word, an emotional artist. She sees the beauty often in self destruction. This time seems almost too perfect to her.
B. Landscape- The planets that are being lived on (Mercury, Venus, and Mars) ares ones that we already now wish we could inhabit but cannot. These seem so far away. This little nugget of fact that this time was able to inhabit not one but three planets (one extremely close to the sun and another once considered unlivable) is a major step in building this story. Another example of this are the Terrariums. These hollowed out asteroids are now filled with characteristics similar to the biomes on earth is something that steps into making the terrain artificial.
C. Life as a project- There was definitely a different focus on how sexuality affects the lives of these people. While we are at a time where some of these concepts are coming in. This is a well established and fully embraced aspect within the book. Even more so than this however is how some of the males and females have evolved to have both genitalia. This means both males and females can give birth.
D. Collective- As previously stated, technology as become predominate over most other forms that could progress our world and solar system. Almost everyone has some kind of technological modifications to themselves. Not only this, but Capitalism is also taking more of a forefront then ever before. Consumerism was always apart of our lives in some way, but with that advancement in technology, everyone wants it.
2. I agree what most people would call the capitalism idea in that it plays a major part in the book. However, I would not necessarily call it capitalism. Capitalism and Corporation control are two different ideas. Capitalism is based on the idea that the country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit. This however can only occur through a fair trade. If you give me a product I want, I will pay for it. Otherwise, I will take my money elsewhere. What this book is implying however is the idea of a powerful corporation that can manipulate people to buying what they sell. This can occur either in a capitalistic society or a socialistic society. This is more one the people to be able say "No, I don't need this product".