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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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The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod by Philip Jose Farmer

Overview
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Title: No Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod
Author: Philip Jose Farmer
In: Alien Sex (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5:  3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Aliens, Lust
Dates read: 24th October 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: ROC
Year: 1990
5th sentence, 74th page: You got too much invested in the Mafia and General Motoers, I say you gotta kick the money habit too.

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Synopsis

If you like Tarzan, you probably won’t like this story… this is a far darker and more twisted version than what Disney led you to believe.

Thoughts

This short story kind of ruined Tarzan for me. It was disturbed, kind of disgusting and really, really weird. Not something that I plan to ever read again. Not the kind of story that I would allow my children to read. But also way more realistic than the Disney version I know (I haven’t got around to reading the classic yet). Which is probably why I found it so sickening – the realism made me go “huh” this is what probably happened, not the nice version with Jane.

One of my favourite things about this short story was the cadence with which it was written. There was a lilting sense to the words. Something that definitely surprised and thrilled me. And also kept me reading, when, in many other circumstances I would have decided to put this aside. After all, I don’t really want my childhood favourites to be destroyed by an incredibly weird story.

Actually, to be honest, this story is just weird. Uncomfortable, filled with bestiality and just downright weird. Which I’m starting to get very used to in this collection… they’re all weird, unusual and not quite what I want to read. But also something I can’t put aside and forget about…

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