Books by Cecilia Tan

SEXCRIME by Cecilia Tan
Released: May 31, 2000

"Overall, explicit and varied sex in bountiful quantities—fans of this publisher and this editor should know by now what to expect—but in science fictional terms (cf. the vastly superior Killing Me Softly, 1995, ed. Gardner Dozois, etc.) of minimal interest."
More erotic fiction edited by Tan (Black Feathers, 1998, etc.), this comprising 12 tales, 1993-2000, half of which have been published before in other collections; the book itself first appeared in Canada in January. There's more here of sex than crime—acts range from outright illegal to mere solecisms—and not much science fiction either, despite the publisher's froth. Lee Crittenden's clones enjoy sex with each other even though it's forbidden. William Marden makes explicit the always-implicit connection between automobiles and male sexuality. In Maya Kathryn Bohnhoff's future, love and sex are separate, as are women from childbearing. Erotic art is illegal in Renee M. Charles's brave new world. M. Christian's prostitutes masquerade as robots. Raven Caldera comes up with a fresh vampire variant. Insight illuminates an S&M yarn from the improbably named Hero Freyr. Still other pieces, like Jean Marie Stein's "brand new penis" yarn, apparently exist solely to push the envelope of the bizarre or disgusting. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1998

A debut collection featuring 23 tales devoted to erotic fantasy. All but two of Tan's hot, twisty stories have appeared elsewhere, in kinky magazines you may never have heard of (Paramour, Taste of Latex, etc.) and erotica collections, none reviewed here (Dark Angels: Lesbian Vampire Stories; Switch Hitters: Lesbians Write Gay Male Erotica, Gay Men Write Lesbian Erotica, etc.), although Kirkus did review The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 1996, edited by Teri Windling and Ellen Datlow, in which Tan's "The Nightingale" first appeared. Tan is the founder and publisher of Circlet Press, specializing in erotic science fiction. The dreams herein focus on wish fulfillment ("Daydreaming"), rituals ("Heart's Desire"), faraway worlds ("Pearl Diver"), utopias ("Telepaths Don't Need Safewords"), the seamy side ("Porn Flicks"), the near future ("Rough Trade") and how the other half lives ("Whipmaster"). Each section gets its own intro by Tan ("Right now I like writing endings that seem like beginnings"). "Penetration" catalogues substitute dildos that the narrator (top) uses on her seductee (bottom): They include kielbasa, a burning candle, and an Idaho potato swathed in a condom. "Daydreaming" tells of a virgin student who can't keep his mind in focus and keeps being invaded by gay fantasies; "A True Story" reveals the narrator's masturbation modes; in "Heart's Desire," the narrator must whip an S/M boy at a lesbian party before she can free and own him; and in "Pearl Diver," a virgin dives by moonlight and collects large pearls in her vagina to provoke visions. To avoid narcosis, full hormonal participation is required. Read full book review >