May 20

What is it with women flying around on objects in the midst of pleasure?Click for full image

Bookworm Bas Comments: A 1978 PAN edition. I like the play on words with the title submitting ‘sex’ for ‘things’ in reference to H.G.Wells. I also like the artwork. After all who doesn’t like naked women? No relation to any of the stories of course. At least I don’t recall any flying platform jetting away from a mountain range while a nude women, her decency protected only by her exceptionally long brunette hair, is overcome with emotion. Still I bet they sold a few and I reckon the hair extensions were painted in later (which is a shame I think).

Not bad short stories Anne McCaffrey and Hilary Bailey in there as well to represent women. But also John Sladek, A.K.Jorgensson, Thomas Disch and Douglas Hill in addition to those on the front cover.
Epic! Thanks to Bookworm Bas!
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: 7.40 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The Shape of Sex to Come”

  1. cutmanmike Says:

    She REALLY needs to sort out that bum hair if she wants any shape or form of sex

  2. SI Says:

    It’s probably just a few hairy moles.

    *shutters* I made myself sad.

  3. SophaLoaf Says:

    @ cutmanmike Well, it sure doesn’t look like she’ll be needing the sex to come.

  4. Simon Says:

    This comment thread could very easily get WAY out of hand . . .

  5. James Lovegrove Says:

    It’s called The Shape Of Sex To Come and there’s a story in it by Moorcock. A busty woman on the cover. Aldiss and Moorcock! The puns are just writing themselves today.

  6. DeadRobot Says:

    I thought Steve Jobs said no porn on the iPad?

  7. Sage Tyrtle Says:

    I shudder to think of the women who were encouraged to look to Anne McCaffrey in 1978 for their feminist sci-fi. “Technically it was rape, but she’d come to enjoy it in time!”

    (Note to Anne McCaffery: Should you happen across this site ala Harlan Ellison, please note that I am a woman, not your Old Mate, and have always found your portrayal of my gender really freaking disturbing.)

  8. CSA Says:

    I’m guessing she is a Furry, and that hair is her tail and although you can’t see it, she has pointy cat ears.

    The future of sex is Yiffing.

  9. Eloise Says:

    LOL! Moorcock…

  10. Hex Says:

    In the future, sex is a giant remote control.


  11. Phil Says:

    She seems to be riding on a USB hub or something similar. And no matter how much I zoom in, I can’t see how the lower region of hair connects to the hair on her head. She’s one untidy woman!

  12. Moggy Says:

    Thanks! Not only is the cover amusing, but it sounds like an interesting anthology. I’ve requested it via interlibrary loan.

  13. Nix Says:

    I’m not that disturbed by the cover; that’s just bad. I’m disturbed because Douglas Hill (later?) got a name for himself as a YA SF author (who got me started in SF before I discovered Le Guin and graduated to the adult stuff). Finding him editing a book like *this* is like taking an icon of my childhood and smashing it to flinders. Next you’ll be telling me my parents had sex or something.

  14. Mat T Says:

    In the future, waxing will be out of style.

  15. Beavis Says:

    Hee hee, “Come.” Hee hee.

  16. John T Says:

    That’s the retro “hippy merkin”. It’s the shape of sex accessories to come.

    Also, implants.

  17. Herm Says:

    If Ms McC ‘represents women’, I think the ladies may need to look into finding alternative representation.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    SPOILERS: in The Force Awakens, the Jawas take to the air.

  19. Anna T. Says:

    Lady Seaweed Hair flies the side of a skyscraper starkers. While aroused, seemingly.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    So in the future, peope having sex will try to make themselves as uncomfortable as possible.

  21. Ray P Says:


  22. GSS noob Says:

    The cover designer (text, not art) really had way too much fun with this. No mortal could resist listing Moorcock first in this anthology.

    Does the hair actually connect, or is she being driven to ecstasy by Cousin Itt?
    (that image occurred to me and I didn’t want to suffer alone. Sorry.)

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