Author: Lisa Tuttle
In: Alien Sex (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Science fiction
Dates read: 29th October 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: I’m sure I’ve got it right.
What are our husbands to us truly? Would we survive without males in our lives? This story finds a unique perspective on such perplexing questions.
One of the most alien thing to some people is the opposite sex. Actually, we all have moments some time that make us wonder if we’re cut from the same cloth. This story explores some of that, but also just what it is about our perceptions that can so heavily impacted upon gender ideals. What is it about gender which makes everything that little bit different and unique? Why do we find it all so confusing?
This short story is almost three independent stories which tie together. All deal with how we see gender, and all ask the question – how much of it is real and how much of it is just a part of our perceptions? It’s the first non-gross story in this collection. There are mentions and descriptions of the opposite gender and the ways in which we decide to divide our communities.
Personally, I loved two things the most about this story – firstly, the way in which the three husbands are described at the beginning of the story. It made me laugh, and wonder just what kind of animal my own husband would be. Then, towards the conclusion of the story there is a description of a second splitting of people. In a world that is only filled with women, they still manage to find their own divide and lines which can’t be crossed.