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Alien Sex: 19 Tales by the Masters of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy (Roc Science Fiction) (English Edition)
 
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Alien Sex: 19 Tales by the Masters of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy (Roc Science Fiction) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Harlan Ellison , Pat Murphy , Larry Niven , more , Ellen Datlow , William Gibson

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Harlan Ellison, Richard Christian Matheson, Connie Willis, and many more contribute to a compelling psychological exploration of the many shades of love

An incubus disguised as a high school girl puts a disturbing spin on the teacher/student fantasy. An engineer creates a robot with unexpected consequences during the end of the world. A man becomes the pet of alien invaders. From stories of aliens in other worlds to those living among us, these tales will move you out of your comfort zone and open you up to experiencing something—or someone—completely different.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ellen Datlow, including rare photos from the editor’s personal collection.

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  • Editeur : Open Road Media (11 septembre 2012)
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Amazon.com: 2.8 étoiles sur 5  17 commentaires
22 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sex is pretty alien, right? This book proves it. 27 février 1999
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Ellen Datlow, long-time fiction editor of Omni, had quite a brainstorm when she edited this book full of alien sex stories in 1990. While 9 stories are reprinted, 10 are new to this book. All are worth reading, and a few fall into the good to very good range. None are classics, though, if the word even applies to material published since 1960. Of the reprints, the best material is Connie Willis's "All My Darling Daughters" (1985), which was too dangerous (in the Ellisonian sense) to appear in the genre magazines before being published in her first story collection, Firewatch. In it women discover that their boyfriends are keeping marsupial-like animals because the animal's reaction to sex is much like that of a woman being raped. It's a disturbing, effective story. Of the new material, I liked Richard Christian Matheson's "Arousal" a lot. It's a very brief tale of a woman who makes the mistake of wanting constant sexual arousal and gets it. A short tour de force. The remaining material, while interesting at times, does not quite come off (pun intended). Datlow's notion of horror veers towards the creepily disgusting, which doesn't bother me but doesn't appeal that much to me either. You might like that style better, and if so you should immediately turn to K. W. Jeter's "The First Time," with enough bloody disgustingness for several stories--a record of sorts, I suppose. I am not disrecommending the book, though. It's worth reading and having. Note: another writer with an alien take on sex is Lucy Taylor, whose book Unnatural Acts & Other Stories is more consistent than this one overall.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Five good stories, the rest do not measure up 24 mars 2006
Par Schtinky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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With a titillating title like Alien $ex, I was expecting stories a little more disturbing, perhaps something with a touch of the squishy to it, flavored with the tangy taste of repulsion. What I discovered was mostly mild, neither horrifying or $exual, and only vaguely imaginative.

Table of contents:

1) Her Furry Face by Leigh Kennedy

2) War Bride by Rick Wilber

3) How's The Night Life On Cissalda? By Harlan Ellison

4) The Jamesburg Incubus by Scott Baker

5) Man Of Steel, Woman Of Kleenex by Larry Niven

6) The First Time by K.W. Jeter

7) The Jungle Rot Kid On The Nod by Philip Jose Farmer

8) Husbands by Lisa Tuttle

9) When The Fathers Go by Bruce McAllister

10) Dancing Chickens by Edward Bryant

11) Roadside Rescue by Pat Cadigan

12) Omnisexual by Geoff Ryman

13) All My Darling Daughters by Connie Willis

14) Arousal by Richard Christian Matheson

15) Scales by Lewis Shiner

16) Saving The World At The New Moon Hotel by Roberta Lannes

17) And I Awoke And Found Me Here On The Cold Hill's Side by James Tiptree Jr.

18) Picture Planes by Michaela Roessner

19) Love And Sex Among The Invertebrates by Pat Murphy

The five good stories are 'Her Furry Face', dealing with an orangutan rather than an alien; 'Roadside Rescue', which really does display the strange $exuality of aliens; 'Scales', a story of infidelity with a Lamia; 'And I Awoke And Found Me Here On The Cold Hill's Side', a futuristic glimpse as to where mankind might head if copulation with aliens became a mainstream practice; and 'Love And Sex Among The Invertebrates', a post apocalyptic scientist tries to breathe life back into the world.

The rest of the stories all suffered from what I term "Abstracting and Distracting". Some SF tales, mostly the older pieces in the genre, tend to believe that the more abstract their prose is, the more "alien" it appears, when in reality it is simply too distracting to read. Chunky, clunky sentences strewn haphazardly across a page and using a form of "guess what I'm thinking" detachment does not make for a smooth story. I was particularly surprised at how awful Harlan Ellison's contribution to this anthology was, but even the masters must slip once in a while. Unfortunately, too many of the stories in this collection suffer this affliction, and there are too few good ones for me to recommend this book as a 'buy'. Grab it from the library, or find a used copy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Some strong stories, some weak 17 février 2000
Par John Peter O'connor - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As advertised, 19 tales on the theme of sex involving humans and aliens.
Sex is an important part of our lives. It is not so far fetched to believe that the same might be the case for at least some alien species. But, this area is not one that has featured widely in SF writings. Around half of the stories here are published for the first time in this collection.
This is not a collection of erotic writing, indeed it is more disturbing and sometimes funny than arousing.
Horror fiction has a much stronger tradition of covering sexual matters and some of the stories here wander along the boundary of the two genres. Particularly "The First Time" by K.W.Jeter. This gruesome story is not an easy read but it is also one of the strongest in the collection.
"All My Darling Daughters" by Connie Willis and Leigh Kennedy's "Her Furry Face" also dwell on aspects of the human condition that you wouldn't want to discuss with your mother. Nonetheless, they are good stories that use the "alien" setting to good effect.
The collection is not confined to such serious, or even disturbing material. There are some genuinely funny stories here too. Especially the classic "How's the Nightlife on Cissalda" by Harlan Ellison and "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" by Larry Niven.
Many of the stories deal with the theme of aliens as a sexual threat to humans. From lighthearted stories such as Pat Cadigan's "Roadside Rescue" to the macabre "Dancing Chickens" by Edward Bryant.
I'd rate about three quarters of the stories in here as being above agerage or better. A couple were rather weak and the book would have been better had they been left out but, overall, this is a good collection.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Some strong stories, some weak 28 février 2000
Par John Peter O'connor - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As advertised, 19 tales on the theme of sex involving humans and aliens.
Sex is an important part of our lives. It is not so far fetched to believe that the same might be the case for at least some alien species. But, this area is not one that has featured widely in SF writings. Around half of the stories here are published for the first time in this collection.
This is not a collection of erotic writing, indeed it is more disturbing and sometimes funny than arousing.
Horror fiction has a much stronger tradition of covering sexual matters and some of the stories here wander along the boundary of the two genres.
Particularly "The First Time" by K.W.Jeter. This gruesome story is not an easy read but it is also one of the strongest in the collection.
"All My Darling Daughters" by Connie Willis and Leigh Kennedy's "Her Furry Face" also dwell on aspects of the human condition that you wouldn't want to discuss with your mother. Nonetheless, they are good stories that use the "alien" setting to good effect.
The collection is not confined to such serious, or even disturbing material. There are some genuinely funny stories here too. Especially the classic "How's the Nightlife on Cissalda" by Harlan Ellison and "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" by Larry Niven.
Many of the stories deal with the theme of aliens as a sexual threat to humans. From lighthearted stories such as Pat Cadigan's "Roadside Rescue" to the macabre "Dancing Chickens" by Edward Bryant.
I'd rate about three quarters of the stories in here as being above agerage or better. A couple were rather weak and the book would have been better had they been left out but, overall, this is a good collection.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Cheerless and Dated 11 septembre 2012
Par Pop Bop - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
It would appear from this collection that sex is a grim and humorless business, composed mostly of rape, incest, domination, degradation and manipulation. I suspected we were in trouble when the foreward noted that men and women sometimes regard each other as though they are two different alien species, and that does seem to be the dominant theme here, and the primary reason for the use of the word "alien" in the title. All of the stories in this anthology originally appeared in an anthology with the same title in 1990, and while it is possible that this was cutting edge then, which I doubt, it seems fair to say that time has not been kind and that almost everything here is now well behind the cultural curve. (For what it's worth, you might want to check out the reviews for the 1990 version - it was not particularly well received then, either.) On the other hand, at least this collection pre-dates, and so includes no examples of, soft-core vampire erotic romance.

There are a few classics from the 1970's and 80's, but they are mostly of historical interest, and in any event have been anthologized repeatedly. I'm sure that two or three or so of the stories will hold one's attention, and I'd bet that for different people the vote for "best" stories would be different. I guess that's the main appeal of a broadly collected anthology like this. Just don't expect a gem in each tale, and remember, "In space, apparently, no one can hear you enjoy sex".

Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
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