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How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story

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Everyone wants to know how I proposed to Claire. Well, it’s complicated...
ebook, 36 pages
Published 2006 by Subterranean Press
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Mar 29, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As low writer on the totem pole at his magazine, Charlie gets the pleasure of coming home to his girlfriend to explain he will be going on a series of dates with various aliens for a human (well, alien) interest piece. It would be a disservice to spoil the story by going into any more detail.

So far all I've read by Scalzi are a few short stories, all of comedic bent. His writing style suits the material well. Personally I have found most good but a bit insubstantial for my tastes. The detail he
That was fantastic! How incredibly sweet! lol
Jan 23, 2011 Chip rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable. It is a short story in .pdf format that I got from the author's website. Pulled it up on my wife's iPad to show her how it functioned as an ebook reader (she keeps saying she will only read a book she can hold). She enjoyed it thoroughly as well. Several laugh out loud moments. Would love to read more scifi comedy by the author - it is an overlooked genre that is ripe for plucking...
Miramira Endevall
Feb 12, 2010 Miramira Endevall rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Valerie, JFi, Morgan, Bill, Everyone
Recommended to Miramira by: Whatever
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Fil Garrison
Jul 25, 2014 Fil Garrison rated it liked it
I've been working my way through these 99 cent short stories from John Scalzi's works, and I find that they're kind of perfect for a short little jaunt into another world or another time, like reading a comic. I don;t mind spending a buck on something that will entertain me for 45 minutes to an hour.

That said, this was one of his lesser works. It's certainly fun, with a writer being forced to do a report on alien dating, all while he's in a committed relationship with his girlfriend.

It's an ente
Apr 14, 2012 Aryn rated it it was amazing
I can imagine that John Scalzi could write the telephone book and I'd not only read it, but laugh at it. The first book (then series) of his that I read was The Old Man's War, and while it was a great book and I [mostly] enjoyed the series, I've adored everything he's written after that (except for the Night Dragons trilogy; having a hard time finding a copy of that one -[wink. wink; nudge, nudge]. Anyway, for all the laughs, the author generally has an oh-so-gentle point to make and this short ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Clara rated it it was amazing
A hysterically funny story from an awesome SF writer. Poor Charlie the neophyte magazine writer is lurking at the back of an editorial meeting when his coworkers decide to haze him (excuse me, did I say 'haze'? I meant 'initiate.') in the most awkward way possible. Chaos, injury, and a fair amount of 'squick' follow. Welcome at last to the future of journalism: extraterrestrial dating!
Vijai Jayaram
Sep 29, 2015 Vijai Jayaram rated it liked it
Quick, funny and quirky read...but I thought the theme had more which could have been tapped...a tad clichéd!
Sep 28, 2012 August rated it really liked it
Ahaha. This was a nifty little short story. Scalzi thinks of some fun scenarios, and though I can't say I didn't see /a/ twist coming, this wasn't the one I imagined.
May 18, 2013 Jenny rated it it was ok
I liked the story up until the sex scene. It irked me because it was non-consensual.
Nicholas Miller
Feb 04, 2016 Nicholas Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Um...yup. The title alone just makes one think of a million different scenarios that the story could be about. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how one looks at it, I guess) there's only one that is played out here.

This is told from the perspective of Charlie who just started working at New World Man magazine. When the story opens he is sitting in the back taking notes during a editorial meeting. The staff is discussing the next issue and the topic of the alien story that they need to produce
Jul 09, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The mind of Scalzi is amazingly inventive and often hysterically funny. This short story follows a new journalist who has to write a article about alien human dating. His girlfriend is not amused. Fortunately anyone reading this will be. I would caution readers that there are sex scenes involved, except that they don't resemble anything that could possibly turn anyone on.
Carl Kessler
Jan 25, 2015 Carl Kessler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed out loud

Short but quite funny. And sweet. A follow on story featuring the same lead characters would be great. But you're asking, "What - no synopsis?" It's a short story and anything I might write would be a spoiler.
Mayank Agarwal
Sep 05, 2015 Mayank Agarwal rated it really liked it
Scalzi got crazy imagination, this short story is about a journalist dating different species of aliens and recounting the adventures. It’s funny, well written and still able to throw up a plot twist.
Apr 25, 2014 Ryne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
A hilarious look at varying relationship ordeals amongst alien races, and the unfortunate human that has to experience them. Think How I Met Your Mother, but shorter, and without the disappointing ending.
Scott  Johnson
Feb 21, 2015 Scott Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
short but sweet read

I enjoyed this short story very much. I read it in one sitting. Humorous and witty. I recommend his other works too.
Stanley Costkow
Jan 07, 2016 Stanley Costkow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun 30 minute read.

"Scalzi" is always interesting. I like his off-beat sense of humor. This short story is worth the 99 cents to download.
Dec 14, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing
I found this book hilarious, one of Scalzi's most enjoyable reads. Very light stuff, but fun throughout.
Tanvir Muntasim
Apr 10, 2016 Tanvir Muntasim rated it liked it
A really funny story from Scalzi about alien mating rituals.
Oct 20, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
Cute little story. Felt a little light though.
Eko Prasetyo
Sep 13, 2015 Eko Prasetyo rated it really liked it
Short, to the point, and twisting!
Feb 26, 2015 Susanne rated it it was amazing
Fabulous story! I laughed out loud.
Abraham Isgur
Nov 14, 2014 Abraham Isgur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not porn. Really. I swear.
Krátké, výstižné, vtipné a celkově vlastně super! Doporučuji, pokud vás tíží dlouhá chvíle a hledáte něco na rozptýlení... a zasmání. :')
Gwyn Rees
May 10, 2014 Gwyn Rees rated it it was amazing
Not as weird as it sounds.

Read 2/10/15
Erin Penn
Nov 09, 2015 Erin Penn rated it really liked it
Just finished re-reading this short story by John Scalzi. Still as weird as the first time. Mr. Scalzi obviously had fun creating different species and related courting habits for this story. And I think you will have as much fun reading it. May be interesting for a reader's group to compare vignettes of the story to the ongoing courting (not yet completed) between the main character and the wife mentioned in the title.
Francisco Javier Sánchez Norman
Extremely good written for the purposes of a fun short science fiction story.
Eric Mesa
May 25, 2015 Eric Mesa rated it it was amazing
That was an unexpected short story. For one thing I went into it thinking it was the story of how Scalzi proposed. But once it was clear it was fiction, it still took me by surprise and the ending was unexpected. Scalzi continues to be my favorite source for funny (non-slapstick) science fiction. This story made the collection it came from worth getting.
Nov 20, 2012 Becka rated it it was amazing

This is the best set of stories you ever heard from a guy in the bar combined with science fiction. A cub reporter is assigned to do a story about alien dating ... And hilarity ensues. Really good and inspires me to read a lot more by the author.
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