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J Greely Comments: Nothing says alien sex like crosshairs targeting an eyeball filled with Saturn.

Published 1992

You might remember this from here. And maybe here.

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.50 out of 10)
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22 Responses to “Alien Sex”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Earthlings may not find this erotic, but for the space brothers this is basically hardcore porn.

  2. JuanPaul Says:

    “continued on back cover” is the writers’ version of “also appearing”.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    The other eye is staring at Uranus.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well, the alternative was probably just Harlan’s Hand.

  5. fred Says:

    The HBO ‘break glass in case of all the GOT prequels suck’ plan.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Which one’s the Fiend?

  7. Anna T. Says:

    The cover art is actually quite nice.

    The title is another story, especially as we have no idea how misleading it might be.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—That joke never fails 😉 GSS!

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Ellison’s agent pushed hard to get his name listed first. Closest he ever got to alien sex. RIP Harlan (with all due respect), you old fart.

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B.C. – It’s astronomy’s gift to comedy!

  11. Adzel Says:

    The original blurb read:

    “Alien Sex: 19 Tales by the Masters & Johnson of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy”

  12. Tom Noir Says:

    I’d rate this as slightly less naughty than this edition. And it’s positively restrained compared to the Italian version.

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    She’s the slattern of Saturn.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    GSS, all.

    Lewis Shiner had a pretty good agent, too, to get billing over some of the others — full list in @Tom Noir’s first link. Him instead of Tiptree, Willis, Farmer? Did his name just fit better?

  15. J Greely Says:

    Here’s the list of stories. Honestly, I had to Google some of these Masters; unless you went to a lot of Worldcons in the Eighties, it’s unlikely you’d have heard of them or seen their work.

    Foreword (William Gibson)
    Her Furry Face (Leigh Kennedy, 1983)
    War Bride (Rick Wilber, 1990)
    How’s The Night Life On Cissalda (Harlan Ellison, 1977)
    The Jamesburg Incubus (Scott Baker, 1990)
    Man Of Steel, Woman Of Kleenex (Larry Niven, 1971)
    The First Time (K.W. Jeter, 1990)
    The Jungle Rot Kid On The Nod (Philip José Farmer, 1968)
    Husbands (Lisa Tuttle, 1990)
    When The Fathers Go (Bruce McAllister, 1982)
    Dancing Chickens (Edward Bryant, 1984)
    Roadside Rescue (Pat Cadigan, 1985)
    Omnisexual (Geoff Ryman, 1990)
    All My Darling Daughters (Connie Willis, 1985)
    Arousal (Richard Christian Matheson, 1990)
    Scales (Lewis Shiner, 1990)
    Saving The World At The New Moon Motel (Roberta Lannes, 1990)
    And I Awoke And Found Me Here On The Cold Hill’s Side (James Tiptree, Jr, 1971)
    Picture Planes (Michaela Roessner, 1990)
    Love And Sex Among The Invertebrates (Pat Murphy, 1990)

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @J Greely: I did go to almost all the Worldcons/NASFiCs in the 80s, so while a couple of these are friends, and many are familiar, I never even heard of several. Friends of Ellen Datlow’s?

    The Niven story really is a classic, though.

  17. J Greely Says:

    @GSS: She was an editor for Omni Magazine, which I recall paying well above the typical short-story rates, so I suspect lots of writers at cons were eager to be her friends. My recognition count was 10 of 19, and after looking up the rest, Lewis Shiner was the only one I’d read anything by (he wrote the Fortunato stories in the Wild Cards shared-universe books).

    I only ever went to one Worldcon, myself (1996); bit too cliquish for my taste, although I enjoyed spending time with P.C. Hodgell, and Harlan Ellison’s reaction to learning C.J. Cherryh had written a Lois & Clark novel.

    -j

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    Maybe it’s a typo and ought to be one word, like Sussex, Middlesex, Essex, Wessex…

    So the eye with Saturn and crosshairs might be what their cricket team has on their shirts.

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Others had traveled to Saturn before her, but she was going to be the first to have sex with the planet.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @J Greely: Oh, I know who Datlow is — she’s still editing and writing, and has won a bazillion Hugos and many other awards, esp. for horror. Not for this.

    @Tat: Aliensex is a rural county of Saturn’s.

    @Bruce: after all, someone had put a ring on it.

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I guess it’s true what they say…Saturn is truly in the eye of the beholder.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The book release was met with furious protests from The Society of Saturnophilic Amateur Astronomers (SOSAA), whose hopes for hot man-on-Planet-Saturn action were dashed.

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