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Trying to remember an old sexual science fiction story

October 21, 2018
Posted at 12:52 pm

Perhaps 20 years ago, there was a multi-part novel, in one of the Penthouse Variations clone magazines, which was written by a well-known science fiction writer whose name I cannot remember. It had a fascinating SF and societal theme, coupled with some of the best erotic writing I have ever encountered. I'm hoping someone can recognize it. I'd like to do some stories based on it, with credit.

The premise was that the society had gotten increasingly puritanical, and cut off medical assistance to people with HIV/AIDS. A gay virologist-infectious disease physician lost his lover to a horrible death, just before independent researchers found a true cure for HIV. He sought revenge, and created something known to society as "endorphin". It was wildly popular but had a biological time bomb.

Endorphin, applied to the surface of the eye for absorption, tremendously increased sex drive, and apparently general health. They enjoyed a very wide range of sexual activities. Users kept their weight and physique where they wanted. The society split into very promiscuous people who enjoyed its effects, opposed to anti-sexual "neopuritans".

Endorphin also, however, transmitted Sexually Acquired Neoplastic Disease (SAND), a term modeled after the original HIV diagnosis, Gay-Related Immune Disorder. Endorphin users became prone to a wide range of aggressive cancers.

The story ended when a cure for SAND was discovered, somewhat by accident. I'd like to write on the post-SAND society.

Anyone recognize the story?

Trying to keep up with the headlines

December 1, 2017
Posted at 7:57 pm

Not too long ago, I started on some perhaps alternate history involving Donald Trump, the ladies with whom he interacted, and politics in general. Without spoilers, my approach is a series of television shows, interspersed with flashbacks, after he's no longer in office. The story actually speaks to hope for American politics, told by the new Wolf News Network -- more honest and sexually frank than Fox.

With Michael Flynn's guilty plea, and more and more craziness, I'm working hard to keep my fiction more or less tracking reality.

I'm debating whether to start posting while I still write.

More on the Veneries (spoiler on motivations but not details)

April 18, 2017
Posted at 7:26 am

At least I'm enjoying writing them. I've got to look at the announcement for Book 2, which has had very few downloads although decent scores from those who do download.

spoiler (Book 3 and beyond) [underlying theme, not specific giveaway]

I'm trying to figure out how best to introduce one background theme of the series. While the cats in the stories aren't the David Weber/Honorverse treecats, various interactions between feline and human are turning them, at least, into telempathic facilitators for the humans. Right now, I'm working with the humans having more and more thoughts that the cats are more than the average house feline. I attribute this to some of the self-awareness trainings, drawing from Jungian archetypes and shamanism, that many of the main characters use.

Welcome to the Veneries

March 8, 2017
Posted at 2:41 pm

"Venery" is a generic term for collections of animals, such as a parliament of owls or a murder of crows. Appropriately enough, it's also an archaic term for sexual activities. The first story in the Veneries universe is A Parliament of Owls

The next venery in this universe will be A Troop of Baboons. It is a common error to think that the venery term for baboons is a Congress. Since baboons usually accomplish things when grouped together under their usual discipline, "Congress" clearly is inappropriate even when the story involves U.S. Senators & Representatives.

Welcome to a world of politics and sex that I spent a few decades learning.

IDIC and Maslow

October 14, 2016
Posted at 8:37 pm

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, a Vulcan belief, meets the Hierarchy of Needs of Abraham Maslow. That's a new universe of mine, which draws from James Bond, not to say that you only live twice, but you come of age twice:

Once as a youth
Once as an adult defining where you want to go, in this case, polyamorously.

Characters are drawn from my own experience, and I hope are more real, complex, and yes, sexy, than in other tales.