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“Yoss (Super Extra Grande) is an eminent Cuban SF writer who also fronts a heavy metal band; his iconoclastic spirit and rock-and-roll aesthetic are on full ingenious display in this daring, rollicking, and joyous novel…. This extended dirty joke is also an impressive science fiction novel with much to say about sex, culture, and what it means to be alien.”  —Publishers We ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Restless Books (first published 2013)
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Harry Jahnke
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the concept of this book and I really enjoy the way it was written. It was very reminiscent of Heinlein in that sort of "Hey, I'm the cool narrator and I'm just the coolest guy and here's my cool story" kind of way. I only have one nitpick with this book and it's that I don't think it's sexy enough. The concept is simple enough: the way we make first contact with aliens in the future is by having sex with them (which actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it). However, whenever ...more
Erica
This is the pointless and repetitive expository story of a machismo-minded beta male sex worker whose job simultaneously grants him fame and shame.

Kinda like this?


Probably more like this, though.


Way in the future, humans are one of the newer races to travel around in space. We're all confined to our galaxy because none of the Milky Way's denizens have perfected long distance space travel but as soon as someone from outside makes contact, we're totally going to learn their technology so we can go
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Gerhard
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, sf-f
Okay. This was really weird. Not ‘weird’ in a polite HP Lovecraft kind of way, but bat-fuck crazy weird. Does it work? Not really. The entire way through the book I was scratching my head as to exactly how the Condomnauts initiate First Contact with non-humans, only to have Yoss provide a handy summary of their evolution, now on the fourth generation, nearly at the end. Mmm, that would have worked much better upfront. Also, sex and science fiction often mix as well as oil and water. Throw in sat ...more
Sarah
Nov 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was expecting something fun, maybe over the top, definitely "out there." This was a disappointment.

I'm never sure, when a work has been translated, how much of what I struggle with is because of a cultural difference (would this be considered Very Good in its home country?) or because of the translator (although that's not applicable in this case: the story format as a whole was problematic, not the sentence flow or vocabulary feel).

Essentially, this story takes place over the course of a coup
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Bbrown
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
There are thousands of alien civilizations in the universe, and they all make first contact with each other by having sex. That premise, along with the title Condomnauts, is pretty attention-grabbing, right? And the book itself is more than an attempt to shock, it has a solid setting and an okay plot. Unfortunately it treads a lot of the same ground as Yoss’s shorter work Super Extra Grande, especially with the narrative voice. Even the setting, of a universe so crowded that you can barely make ...more
David Whatson
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Somewhere between Douglas Adams and Harry Harrison, there is Yoss. If you're a fan of either author then you'll most likely enjoy a romp across the galaxy with this Cuban science-fiction writer. The author's style is entertaining and irreverent. Narrated through the eyes of the central character, we experience the world of interspecies galactic trade where every first-contact and trade deal is sealed through a sexual pact. The role of the 'Contact Specialist' is part diplomat, part negotiator an ...more
Kat
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, that was amusing and it had a hell of a payoff. There's a couple of weird sections where ideas and even exact words are repeated, but, this is an interesting world, concept, and tone and well worth the read.
Katy
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. It looses half a star because I am not convinced an editor ever took a look at it. I found several wrong words (including a name) and one whole paragraph was duplicated.

Even so, this book was surprisingly not what I expected (which I adore). I was expecting a light hearted raunch fest filled with weird alien sex and tentacles, and to a certain extent the book does deliver that. What it really was instead was a poignant and triumphant redemption/save the galaxy story. It was also funny
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Charlie Kruse
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yoss is fun!! I just love Yoss. When buying his books at the sci-fi bookstore, the owner said to me, "He knows how to write a short book." Which is beautiful! Love this guy
David Dewata
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pola narasinya membuat kelelahan nggak bisa mengikuti cerita ini 😟
Naomi Sayre
Dec 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this suggestion from a reading listicle, and thought random interspecies alien sex as a method for first contact sounded just too ridiculous to pass up. I had hoped it would be a sort of satire or comedy, but honestly it wasn't even particularly lurid, just occasionally confusion and mostly staid and boring, which says a lot about a book whose centerpiece was supposed to be sex.
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Born José Miguel Sánchez Gómez, Yoss assumed his pen name in 1988, when he won the Premio David Award in the science fiction category for Timshel. Together with his peculiar pseudonym, the author's aesthetic of an impentinent rocker has allowed him to stand out amongst his fellow Cuban writers. Earning a degree in Biology in 1991, he went on to graduate from the first ever course on Narrative Tech ...more
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