In this groundbreaking collection Cecilia Tan blurs the very definition of sexuality and redefines the future of erotic fiction.She delves deep into the world of dark fantasy in a powerful collection of stories that interweave the supernatural and science fiction with the fantasy of daydream; she brilliantly combines noir erotica at its most potent with startling sensuality to shatter the physical and emotional boundaries of sex. These stories, some never before published, range in style and texture from the warmth of magical realism to disturbing modern gothic -- showcasing a rich and varied exploration of sex in worlds that might be earthtly -- to tales of the human fantasies and magical dreams to which we all succumb. From the critically acclaimed, otherwordly "Pearl Driver" to "The Game," all of Tan's stories celebrate the body and sex, revealing the positive emotions behind even the darkest desires.
Tan boasts in an author's note, "I imagine a world where dominance and submission play an important role in people's happiness and social order." While John Stuart Mill might have approved of the sentiment, it is hard to imagine him (or anyone else) getting excited over these 23 mechanically kinky, self-consciously quirky tales of bondage and SM. Divided into loosely thematic categories (Wish Fulfillment, Faraway Worlds, The Seamy Side, etc.), none transcends its unobjectionable premise: a young man finds himself with the help of a streetwise vampire; a young woman throwing a costume party falls for the "slave" of her dominatrix friend; a virginal freshman gets initiated into a gay fraternity; aliens put willing humans on a leash. To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, cheap sex without sin is a bore: for all the leather, nipple-clamps and futuristic settings, watching Tan's thin, sinless creations copulate is like watching an orgy between anatomically correct paper dolls. This is porn for people who don't like sex. (June) FYI: Tan is the founder and publisher of Circlet Press, which specializes in erotic science fiction. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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August 20, 2012
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