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Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex [Kindle Edition]

Chris Moore , Ellen Datlow , Robert Silverberg
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The companion volume to the provocative Alien Sex anthology, Off Limits pushes boundaries with twenty stimulating tales of otherworldly encounters

This second volume of the Alien Sex anthology series brings together authors Neil Gaiman, Robert Silverberg, Samuel R. Delany, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Hand, and many others to explore the mysteries of sex, alien and human alike. From an alien spy who falls in love with one of the earthlings he’s monitoring, to a woman whose souvenir dream-catcher calls to her bedroom more than she bargained for, to a genetically engineered sex object aboard a space station, these thought-provoking tales of alien sex open up new worlds for fantastical exploration.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ellen Datlow, including rare photos from the editor’s personal collection.

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Twenty provocative tales of the closest alien encounters yet include contributions by such authors as Robert Silverberg, Bruce McAllister, Jane Yolen, Joyce Carol Oates, and Elizabeth Hand. Reprint.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11821 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (11 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009193LT8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #609,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changing perceptions through alien education 6 April 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ellen Datlow has done it once again -- assembling disparate tales, spanning decades of writing and a multitude of writing styles, into an anthology that is thematically cohesive and offers a bit of something for everyone. Anthologies are often difficult to review because of the diversity of voices, but if the reader approaches this collection as a buffet (from which one may pick and choose) rather than a 12 course meal, there will be more than one can consume at one sitting.
Classic stories by Robert Silverberg and Samuel R. Delany have been intermixed with more recent works by Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Hand, and 17 more of today's leading writers. Off Limits includes provocative tales of close encounters -- love, sex and life -- and plays with your perceptions of what is truly alien. One piece of advice: skip reading the Foreward by Silverberg and the Introduction by Datlow as they unfairly offer judgements of what the reader will find between the book covers and tainted my desire to read further. I found much more depth and content to contemplate than Datlow and Silverberg gave the author's credit for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changing perceptions through alien education 6 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ellen Datlow has done it once again -- assembling disparate tales, spanning decades of writing and a multitude of writing styles, into an anthology that is thematically cohesive and offers a bit of something for everyone. Anthologies are often difficult to review because of the diversity of voices, but if the reader approaches this collection as a buffet (from which one may pick and choose) rather than a 12 course meal, there will be more than one can consume at one sitting.
Classic stories by Robert Silverberg and Samuel R. Delany have been intermixed with more recent works by Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Hand, and 17 more of today's leading writers. Off Limits includes provocative tales of close encounters -- love, sex and life -- and plays with your perceptions of what is truly alien. One piece of advice: skip reading the Foreward by Silverberg and the Introduction by Datlow as they unfairly offer judgements of what the reader will find between the book covers and tainted my desire to read further. I found much more depth and content to contemplate than Datlow and Silverberg gave the author's credit for
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too many weak stories 17 Aug. 2000
By John Peter O'connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The best stories in this collection are the short ones for the simple reason that they inflict less suffering on the reader than do the long ones. Seldom has a sequel fallen as far short of the standards set by its predecessor as does this anthology which is the follow up to the highly regarded Alien Sex. It contains 18 stories, 16 of which were new for this collection in 1996. The other four stories go back as far as the sixties. There are also two poems.
The dominant theme in this anthology is prostitution. Almost half of the stories deal with this topic in one form or another. By contrast, in the original anthology, there is a much greater variety of subject matter.
No more than half of the stories in here merit inclusion in an anthology and the others range from poor to utterly dreadful.
I can recommend Brian Stableford's "The House of Mourning" and Elizabeth Hand's "In the Month of Athyr" as standing out from the rest but of the other 18 pieces, I awarded more lower rankings than I have ever done for any other anthology that I have ever read.
If there is one way in which collection is like "Alien Sex" it is the fact that this is not a book of of erotic writing. I doubt that any reader will feel aroused by the content of the book. That is not a criticism, it's just that some of the write ups on the jacket are misleading.
If you like the general idea of a collection of stories about alien sex, you should buy "Alien Sex" from the same editor. That is a far better book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a mix 1 Jan. 2014
By SapphireSkies - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This anthology includes enough excellent stories to make it worth the read, if you like odd, dark tales as I do. Best among them for me were the satisfyingly weird and scary "The Tattooist" by Susan Wade, the twist on the world's oldest profession in Brian Stableford's "The House of Mourning," Mike O'Driscoll's tragic "The Future of Birds," and Elizabeth Hand's moving "The Month of Athyr." Several were too strange and unpleasant for my taste, and others just didn't work for me.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader 3 Aug. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Basically what it says. Not too bad though, and definitely not 'porn style'.

This is designed to look at the differences, ways to relate, problems and surprises associated with relationships between different species of people, let alone different races.

Also, there are a couple of supernatural type tales to be found in this collection towards the end.

Off Limits : The Reality Trip - Robert Silverberg
Off Limits : The Tattooist - Susan Wade
Off Limits : Dolly Sdom - John Kaiine
Off Limits : The Lucifer of Blue - Sherry Coldsmith
Off Limits : The Queen of the Apocalypse - Scott Bradfield
Off Limits : Orl - Richard Christian Matheson
Off Limits : Grand Prix - Simon Ings
Off Limits : The House of Mourning - Brian Stableford
Off Limits : Ftish - Martha Soukup
Off Limits : Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland - Gwyneth Jones
Off Limits : The Future of Birds - Mike O'Driscoll
Off Limits : Captain China - Bruce McAllister
Off Limits : Background: The Dream - Lisa Tuttle
Off Limits : Aye and Gomorrah - Samuel R. Delany
Off Limits : Ursus Triad Later - Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg
Off Limits : The Dream-Catcher - Joyce Carol Oates
Off Limits : His Angel - Roberta Lannes
Off Limits : In the Month of Athyr - Elizabeth Hand

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Mutant tackle tattoo empathy.

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Coin full.

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Spanish Civil girls and quartermaster's stores.

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Adultery hate.

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Feeling it up, explained.

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Formula Zero carjcking off.

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Addicted to professionals.

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Bearded lady is still quite popular.

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Sword and sorcery virtual therapy.

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In a future with a bleeding disease decimating the female population male-females in demand.

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Child superhero saviour definitely not from around here.

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Bonus gonad growth.

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Gender altered space workers provide exotic on shore leave.

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Goldilocks close to bears.

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Put it where the man says next time.

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Genegineer stork stunt tragedy.

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