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This is the first Science Fiction anthology to deal with everybody's favorite subject: SEX. The very best SF writers tackle such intriguing issues as sex by telepathy, death by orgasm, the pickup scene on other planets, and what happens when one falls in love with an alien.
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published May 25th 1990 by Dutton Books (first published 1990)
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Rand
These 19 works by different, well-regarded authors were edited/selected by Ellen Datlow, who wrote a general preface for the collection. She also wrote individual introductions for each piece. Many of these works were published elsewhere originally. Datlow was once an editor for Omni and while there turned down two of the stories that she selected for her book. Some of the stories here were published in the ill-fated New Dimensions 13, a SF anthology which was deemed too controversial by the pub ...more
Anastasia
Datlow has compiled a series of science fiction works centered around love, science, and alien life. Most of the works will shock you, disgust you, and offend you, but most will be worth it.

Her Furry Face, Leigh Kennedy - **
Reminiscent of Michael Crichton’s The Congo with sign language speaking marsupials, we are introduced to a sad, confused main character who seems to be understood only by his furry faced companion.

War Bride, Rick Wilber - ***
In a very concise story, Wilber details the rever
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Genevra Littlejohn
This book isn't erotic for a moment.
What it is, is believable and unsettling--sex is a weird thing, after all, even when it's with a member of your own species, and the stories in this anthology make no move to tone down the weirdness. The unpleasant(and very well-written)story "All My Darling Daughters," a story about what you'll allow to be done to others in the attempt to keep it from being done to you, is probably what stuck with me the most; I haven't read it in a couple of years, but somet
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Dan Keating
I saw this collection in a tiny bookstore a year or two ago and bought it, largely because it's called "Alien Sex" and I felt like even if it turned out to be crappy, the novelty of owning such a collection would be worth the few dollars it cost.

Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be an extremely excellent anthology. Among other things, "Alien Sex" has cemented me as a fan of Ellen Datlow, whose eye for good science fiction has created several other anthologies I've liked quite a bit.

High
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Kate  K. F.
Anthologies like this one are why I adore reading them, because every story was different and fascinating. This isn't an easy anthology, because each of the stories pushes at the ideas of how sex and gender relationships are meant to. Sometimes that means that the tales go into places that are uncomfortable, but each one is important.

I don't want to go into too great detail about any story as I think this is an anthology that should be read. One thing that all of the stories share is a certain
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Moose
This anthology has to be one of the most interesting and well complied books I've read recently. The short stories ranged from topic and style, but all were well written, thought provoking, and explored the sensational and dark topic of sexuality. Although the title is called Alien Sex, the theme of all the stories was to examine the darker side of humanity.

These stories contain erotic and sensual elements but they are definitely NOT romance nor do they fit in the erotica category. If you are l
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Katrine
Well, that was certainly a mixed bag! A depressing mixed-bag, as most of these stories are not about sex at all, but rape and sexual assault. Even the usually bright and optimistic (for a given value thereof) Connie Willis delivers a gruesome tale of sexual abuse of underage children. A well-written gruesome tale of sexual abuse of underage children, but even so! The stories that claim to be sex positive are bizarre and bleak, featuring unlikable characters. Intersting, certainly, but not exactl ...more
Jia Jung
Read the 1990 edition with powder blue cover with Miro-esque art on it after I found it on the side of the street and picked it up to send to someone else, only to end up reading it myself.

This is the kind of book that, if pre-teens could have gotten their hands on it in the pre-computer era (I guess I am talking about the people in my generation who are now in their early 30s), would have squirreled it away with hot hands and later combed it for arousing or revealing scenes, only to get blue ba
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Megan
Some clunkers, some gross-outs, and some stars.

Best finds:
The Jamesburg Incubus has a strange, pleasantly surprising ending for a classic sex-demon tale.

When the Fathers Go is trippy while remaining rooted in human emotion and experience.

All My Darling Daughters has a shining use of vernacular, manages to do a boarding school setting without getting bogged down in details, and has a horrifying conclusion. Stays with you.

Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates is a great ending to the collection. It
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Delilah
I picked this book up at a thrift store when I was barely a teen, and the rest is history. But seriously, it remains to this day one of my favorite bizarre compilations, and I wish there were more like it. I reread it every few years just for the nostalgia of growing up with this and Blue Velvet to light the way into the darkness of sexuality I knew was just below the surface out there. This isn't a dark anthology, it is sci-fi, but it's weird, and I love it.
Mike Kazmierczak
This is a pretty good mix of stories. All of them are stories about people and beings having sex with an alien of some sort. Not all are aliens from outer space but also just alien-ness of the sex act with new and different partners. There are some real gems here and my favorites are below.

"How's the Night Life on Cissalda?" by Harlan Ellison - The ultimate in sexual intercourse comes for a visit.

"Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" by Larry Niven - The reality of Superman's sex life.

"Roadside Rescu
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Ghilimei
Disappointing, definitely not as cool as I expected it to be; I think some of the stories are just plain awful and I say this trying not to offend anybody who might have liked them.

To me, most of the stories are just sad and depressing, while others try too hard to be shocking and ended up making me nauseous. With only 7 out of 19 stories worth my time, I give this collection one lone star (maybe one and a half not to be unfair to the ones I actually liked).

I only really liked War Bride by Rick
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Brian Palmer
None of the stories stood out as being amazing -- in fact, a few I felt compelled to skip over, as they were actually somewhat repellent. Nor is the book nearly as 'exciting' as you might think. But it does tackle a concept that's often left unexplored, and there are some good-quality stories in here.

Worth reading, but not worth seeking out.
Eric
The forward to this was by one of my favorite authors, William Gibson, and I don't know what i expected when I picked it up. It isn't exactly vulgar, maybe a beter title would have been "Alien Gender", but I suspect that wouldn't sell the copies. It was enjoyable short fiction all in all.
Christa
Jul 13, 2012 Christa is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Bernie Gourley
Alien Sex is an anthology of 19 works of short fiction that revolve around sex, attempted sex, or sex-like behavior with non-human entities. While the title leads one to believe the book is specifically about sex with aliens from outer space, that’s not the case in all these stories. There are also stories where the object of affection is a lesser primate, an incubus, a new species, and a biologically-modeled robot. As one would expect with life forms from other worlds, the “sexual” act is not a ...more
Arlena


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Published by: Roc Publisher
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
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Rating: 4

Review:

"Alien Sex" by 19 Various Authors was a bit dark anthology, sci-fi and fantasy short-story reads. I picked it because of its title ... yes, I did and I found it somewhat interesting... some of it like nothing I have ever heard of or would think of. Like I have said many times .... to get into the minds of some of these authors...leaving me to say WOW! But any way ea
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Jessica
Jun 21, 2009 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Sharon K.
In the introduction, editor Ellen Datlow writes, "When I first had the idea for this anthology, I honestly intended it to be stories specifically about 'alien sex,' concentrating on the alien as in 'other world.' But as the book began to take shape, I realized that what the material was really about was the relationships between the human sexes and about how male and female humans so often see each other as 'alien' - in the sense of 'belonging to another country or people; foreign; strange; an o ...more
Maura
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Rana
Yep, this was a short story collection about having sex with aliens. Sometimes gross, sometimes horrific, sometimes boring.
Count Bookula
Not sure what i was expecting but I was hoping it would be sexier considering the title.
Benjamin
For a 24 year old book with a terrible title, this had some of the most intriguing and entertaining short stories that address the concept of alien sex and all related topics ranging from serious to emotional to dramatic to comical to heart-touching and even tragic. Some true masters of the pen contribute here including Larry Niven and Harlan Ellison. It's not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination, and I got plenty of strange looks upon bringing the book into public places, but it's wel ...more
Norman
I found this book an entertaining journey into the stranger recesses of the minds of a group of good writers.
As with all such compilations not all the stories are equally good; some stories I found offensive ('Her Furry Face' & 'The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod'), some were disturbing ('The First Time', 'When the Fathers Go' & 'Dancing Chickens') and there was those few who made a statement ('The Jamesburg Incubus'& 'Saving the World at the New Moon Motel' ).
The gem of this book for m
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Laura Stenzel
So... I'm about half way through and I'm taking a break. The writing is extraordinary, these are amazing writers, but the content is a little overwhelming. I'm going to take a small break and read something else and then come back to this one... If you pick this one up, give yourself some space to read it. Some of the stories are quite disturbing, although they are beautifully told. This is not a re-read for me, but I am glad to have read it this once.
Rena Sherwood
Fucking weird book about fucking weird. This is one of the most memorable anthologies I've ever read.
Johanna
Definitely mostly not erotic but that was okay. Most of these stories are pretty disturbing, but I imagine alien sex is. Some of the stories sound like first drafts in a college creative writing course. Some are extrmely brilliant. First Time, Arousal, Where the Fathers Go were definitely standputs.
Lauri
Keskpärane. Mõned lood kõlbasid lugeda ka, enamus oli täidetud mitte ainult hämara seksiga vaid ka hämara jutuveeretamisega. Sisukorda vaadates pole isegi midagi eriti esile tõsta. Kui kellegile näppu satub, võib ju ajaviitmiseks lugeda ka, spetsiaalselt ei tasu küll vaeva näha.
Ryan
I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the title. Alien sex. This aught to be an interesting erotic novel, but it was anything but. It is very literary and quite boring if you are more use to things that come from Ellora’s Cave.
Amy
Have not read the whole book, but from what I did read my absolute favorite was Larry Niven's "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex". It was a very funny take on what sex life would be like between Superman and Lois Lane.
David Marshall
Although this is getting a little long in the tooth, it still manages to entertain through the presence of some outstanding classic stories.

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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter
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