Category Archives: sex/reproduction/sterility

“Good Night, Sophie,” Lino Aldani, 1963

“Good Night, Sophie,” Lino Aldani, 1963 – (trans. from Italian)– In a future in which the superstar, Sophie, is a VR porn star, Sophie must decide if the Anti-Dream League’s claims that “nature and the soul” are being lost due … Continue reading

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“A Kind of Artistry,” Brian Aldiss, 1962

“A Kind of Artistry,” Brian Aldiss, 1962 – The story of adventurer Derek Ende who leaves his demanding Mistress to make contact with the Cliff, an exotic species born of an asteroid.  Life off-world gives him insight into his home … Continue reading

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“Dio,” Damon Knight, 1957

“Dio,” Damon Knight, 1957 — (Alternate title: “The Dying Man”)  The world is composed of two immortal classes–the pampered Players and the responsible Planners and their students.  Their lives of hedonism and leisurely scholarship, respectively, are progressing as planned until … Continue reading

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“The Blind Pilot,” Nathalie-Charles Henneberg, 1959

“The Blind Pilot,” Nathalie-Charles Henneberg, 1959 – (Originally Au pilote aveugle (1959))  A blind, now “useless” pilot returns home to take care of his mentally-disabled (?) brother.  All is well between them until a package containing a siren arrives. Comments: … Continue reading

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“–All You Zombies–,” Robert Heinlein, 1959

“–All You Zombies–,” Robert Heinlein, 1959 – A time traveler paradox in which an orphaned “intersexed” man (hermaphrodite) switches genders, travels back in time to impregnate a younger version of himself, and gives birth to himself.  He is thus his … Continue reading

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“Let’s Be Frank,” Brian W. Aldiss, 1957

“Let’s Be Frank,” Brian W. Aldiss, 1957 — “Four years after pretty little Anne Boleyn was executed in the Tower of London, a child was born into the Gladwebb family–an unusual child” to a young Sir Frank Gladwebb and unnamed … Continue reading

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“Vengeance for Nikolai,” Walter M. Miller, Jr, 1957

“Vengeance for Nikolai,” Walter M. Miller, Jr, 1957 — Marya, a young Russian woman, is asked by a Russian general to assassinate the brilliant American (Ami) leader who is routing their troops.  This leader also is responsible for the attack … Continue reading

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“Seat of Judgment,” Lester del Rey, 1957

“Seat of Judgment,” Lester del Rey, 1957 — Eli Judson, an official from Earth, visits Sáyon, a planet of “marsupial” aliens ruled by a religious matriarchy.  Judson is answering the distress call of the temple priestess, who is struggling to … Continue reading

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“The Education of Tigress Macardle,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1957

“The Education of Tigress Macardle,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1957 — Purvis (Elvis?) is elected president, and four years later establishes himself as King Purvis I.  / At the same time, Dr. Fu Manchu, “that veritable personification of the Yellow Peril, … Continue reading

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“You Were Right, Joe,” J. T. McIntosh, 1957

“You Were Right, Joe,” J. T. McIntosh, 1957 — An unidentified man is transported to the future, an idyllic place where the only rules are “don’t annoy anyone and try not to be easily annoyed.”  He finds himself in a … Continue reading

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“Pilgrimage to Earth” (original title, “Love, Inc.”), Robert Sheckley, 1956

“Pilgrimage to Earth” (original title, “Love, Inc.”), Robert Sheckley, 1956 – A country boy visits the city of our future.  He  finds that everything can be sold, he can shoot people for fun, and women can be programmed with false … Continue reading

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“Down Among the Dead Men,” William Tenn, 1954

“Down Among the Dead Men,” William Tenn, 1954 – Soldiers are grown or fitted together from human parts to feed the war machine of a desperate, reproduction-obsessed society.  A military commander must lead a troupe of new recruits, all replicated … Continue reading

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“Letters from Laura,” Mildred Clingerman, 1954

“Letters from Laura,” Mildred Clingerman, 1954 – Looking for a thrill, Laura purchases a trip to ancient Greece from a sleazy salesman.  Once there, she realizes that the salesman has made an arrangement with the Minotaur to supply him with … Continue reading

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“Gomez,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1954

“Gomez,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1954 – An otherwise unremarkable Mexican kitchen worker is discovered to be a mathematical genius, and the U.S. military quickly appropriates him as “human resources,” necessary for its defense against the Soviets in the Cold War.  … Continue reading

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“Short in the Chest,” Idris Seabright (Margaret St. Clair), 1954

“Short in the Chest,” Idris Seabright (Margaret St. Clair), 1954 – A tough, young female Marine consults a huxley (robot psychologist) as to the nature of her “dighting” problem.  She finds herself unable to perform mandatory sexual relations with her … Continue reading

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“The Night He Cried,” Fritz Leiber, 1953

“The Night He Cried,” Fritz Leiber, 1953 — A tentacled “woman” from Galaxy Center teaches a hard-boiled detective a thing or two about the purpose of sex. Comments: A satire of Mickey Spillane.  Utilizes stereotypical film persona/scenes, perhaps in keeping … Continue reading

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“Friend of the Family,” Richard Wilson, 1953

“Friend of the Family,” Richard Wilson, 1953 – Overpopulation and lack of conservation have led to a resource crisis.  The state outlaws births, but a young couple defies the law and is threatened with blackmail.  A mysterious stranger arrives and … Continue reading

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“Common Time,” James Blish, 1953

“Common Time,” James Blish, 1953 – Time is subjective, especially when traveling near light speed.  A traveler wakes up during a flight and is trapped in a moment.  He encounters dream-like beings and his experiences become indescribable. When he returns … Continue reading

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“Sandra,” George P. Elliott, 1953

“Sandra,” George P. Elliott, 1953 – A disturbing portrayal of marriage as a (literal) master-slave relationship; also, a discussion of class, hierarchy, and despair. Comments:  Themes of power, master/slave, marriage, sex.  Read in A Treasury of Science Fiction.  Reminds me … Continue reading

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“Mother,” Philip José Farmer, 1953

“Mother,” Philip José Farmer, 1953 – A needy son and domineering mother are stranded on a hostile planet.  When the man finds himself separated from his mother, he literally crawls into a gigantic alien womb. Comments: An example of the … Continue reading

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