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Alien Sex edited by Ellen Datlow

Overview
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Title: Alien Sex
Author: Ellen Datlow, Leigh Kennedy, Rick Wilber, Harlan Ellison, Scott Baker, Larry Niven, K.W. Jeter, Philip Jose Farmer, Lisa Tuttle, Bruce McAllister, Edward Bryant, Pat Cadigan, Geoff Ryman, Connie Willis, Richard Christian Matheson, Lewis Shiner, Roberta Lannes, James Tiptree, Jr., Michaela Roessner & Pat Murphy
In: Alien Sex (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Aliens, Science fiction, Short story collections
Dates read: 27th August – 29th December 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: ROC
Year: 1990
5th sentence, 74th page: The front row of pews was reserved for the faculty.

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Synopsis

In these 19 evocative pieces of short fiction, best-selling and award-winning writers tackle such intriguing issues as sex by telepathy, the pick-up scene on other planets, and making love with Superman. Thought-provoking, often shocking, always entertaining, Alien Sex daringly explores those barriers between men and women that can make them seem so “alien” to one another. Probing the current and future state, shape, and complex problems of the human male/female relationship, this fantastic collection will make you think about sex in a whole new way.

Thoughts

This is the single most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever read. Like wow uncomfortable. And not in bits and pieces. But pretty much every single story in this was uncomfortable. Not that that’s bad. But it’s very hard to read a book quickly when you know that things aren’t going to be, well, pleasant. Which makes it incredibly WOW to read. I suggest this to everyone who loves their science fiction.

This collection seriously makes you think about the world around you and how we perceive it. More importantly, it repeatedly makes you question sex, our approaches to sexuality and even how we deal with the opposite gender. And sometimes even questions of gender. By using these insane, far out storylines, it makes you seriously consider this aspect of our lives.

Sex is really weird. I don’t know that anyone can argue that it isn’t. Using science fiction and aliens just helps to highlight that fact. And kind of act as enlightenment for a number of my own practices and beliefs. Definitely an interesting collection…

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When the Fathers Go by Bruce McAllister

Overview
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Title: When the Fathers Go
Author: Bruce McAllister
In: Alien Sex (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Aliens, Science fiction
Dates read: 31st October 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: ROC
Year: 1990
5th sentence, 74th page: The leaders of Business understand the risks, and in turn, the diplos of interstellar politics, the greeters and runners of interstellar R&D are all common men and women.

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Synopsis

What is lie? What is truth? Will she ever know how much truth Jory has shared with her and how much is a horrible, horrible lie?

Thoughts

This story is so incredibly confusing. Mostly because it is all about lies. Most stories, even if they feature lying are still filled with a hint as to what the truth is. This tale doesn’t have that hint of sanity about it. It’s just a mess of insanity and craziness. Something in which I just couldn’t figure out what was or wasn’t happening.

I really liked that it was difficult to figure the truths from the lies in this story. It emphasised not only just how harmful they can be, but how they can entirely change the way we view and live our lives. Especially when what starts out as a lie at the beginning of the story ends up being a truth… and vice versa.

In the little descriptor that the author wrote, there is an emphasis on the fact that lies mostly affect women. Which is why this short story has a heavy emphasis on the impacts which the husbands’ lies have on the woman. After all, she’s the one who eventually has to live with all of the fallacies built on one another.

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