SEXCRIME by Cecilia Tan


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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.

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.

Pub Date: May 31st, 2000
ISBN: 1-885865-26-0
Page count: 208pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2000


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