Valentine’s Day was February 14, and I’m sure a lot of…er…erotic things went on. To salute one of the most romantic and erotic days of the year (in the United States, at least), I thought I’d do a sexy blog post. I’ve read quite a bit of science fiction in my day. Some of the stories can get pretty blue. I decided to round up a trio of erotic sci-fi novels. Let’s have a little nerdy fun post-Valentine’s Day.
So then, let’s get to it!
#1. Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler
You’re in for an erotic romp with Lilith’s Brood. Octavia Butler, one of the most celebrated female sci-fi writers living today, plays with the idea of colonization, slavery, and forced relocation. In Lilith’s Brood, humanity almost pushes itself to the brink of extinction with wars. Centuries later, an alien race, the Oankali, take over Earth, intending to breed with humanity and save the species. The story follows a human woman named Lilith, who was resurrected by the Oankali to breed with them. Oankali, similar to the asari from Mass Effect and numerous other alien races in erotic sci-fi, can communicate telepathically with humans and make their sexual experience mind-blowing physically and mentally. Oankali also have three sexes: male, female, and a third sex called ooloi that can shape-shift. The story deals with Lilith and other humans who have mated with Oankali facing the consequences of their actions: having to relate to their hybrid children.
Despite all the sexiness, Lilith’s Brood is the work of a masterful science fiction writer. Octavia Butler has multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards to her name. She’s worked hard to create a believable world with real characters and real problems (the hallmark of incredible sci-fi, in my opinion). You won’t be disappointed with Butler’s fully realized story. There’s something here for anyone who’s a fan of post-apocalyptic sci-fi.
SIMILAR STORY: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
#2. Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross
What’s a poor sex-bot to do when she’s been purpose-built to please her master and wakes up 300 years after humanity’s extinction (and only robots remain)? Freya, the main character of this story, must somehow figure out a new identity for herself that doesn’t revolve around satisfying the sexual whims of a human master.
Yes, as the reviews say, sex “oozes from every page” of this book…but it’s not just mindless erotica. Charles Stross, in case you haven’t heard of him before, is a world-renowned science fiction writer from Edinburgh (who also writes Lovecraftian horror and fantasy now and then). He is a talented writer, skilled at world-building, and able to masterfully invent and vivify brave new worlds. You’re in for some sexy times with Saturn’s Children, but prepare to be wowed by the technical skill in the writing and the engrossing nature of the world (the “Freyaverse”) that Stross has built for you.
SIMILAR STORY: Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
#3. Dinosaur Beach by Keith Laumer
I won’t lie to you: this book isn’t nearly up to the same standard as Butler’s and Stross’s. This is some cheap, tawdry sci-fi if ever I saw it. I remember reading this book (in high school, of all places!) and being shocked. I was a pretty puritanical kid, yes, but this was the first book I’d ever read that had such frank descriptions of human body parts, or such purple prose regarding the actual act of sex. The plot is incomprehensible, and has to do with some sort of time cop dude having to travel back in time (first to 1936, where he meets his female companion) and then to the time of the dinosaurs in order to undo some sort of damage to the time stream or something. The author vainly tries to make the sex in the book relevant to the plot by making the two slap-slap-kiss characters’ eventual romantic romp necessary for them to escape prehistory, but it doesn’t really work. All I remember was that book had sex. And dinosaurs. More of the former than the latter, to my disappointment.
SIMILAR STORY: ??????
So there you are, Internet! Three erotic sci-fi stories for late February. Now get the heck off the web and get writing.