Experimental: An Anthology of Sex and Science edited by Jamaica Layne
My Rating: 3.5
These fifteen stories will forever change your opinion of science. Science isn’t just for boring nerds in a lab—-it’s for red-hot sexpots, too! This anthology includes stories from today’s hottest erotic fiction authors, including Anna Black, Janine Ashbless, Lolita Lopez, C. Margery Kempe, L.A. Mistral, as well as many new voices. From virtual reality sex to robot sex to sex in the laboratory, this collection is sure to scorch better than any Bunsen burner ever could.
This entertaining and steamy anthology of erotica short stories has a little bit of everything. Each short story sticks with the theme of sex and science, but each author is able to provide readers with something different as the possibilities seem to be endless with this theme. I really enjoyed each of the stories, but found them to be a bit too short as I would have really liked to know even more about the various characters and what would happen next. The brevity of the stories left little time for character development, but as these are erotica shorts, it seemed to work for the anthology. While, several of them would make great full-length stories, I did enjoy the brief little interludes and found them to be nice reads.
As the above blurb doesn’t tell you much about the fifteen entries in the anthology, here is my very brief take on each of them:
The anthology kicks off with “A Matter of Protocol” by Elizabeth Thorne, a steamy little short involving sexual research and a couple of female scientists. Next up is “At the Touch of a Button” by Karlita Diamond, a quick, but interesting read in which a young woman does some consumer testing of a virtual reality product with some very satisfying results. “Conditioned Response” by Vanessa Vaughn has some grad students conducting a spontaneous experiment involving a threesome and a science lab. Meanwhile, in the intriguing “Dark Passion” by Victoria Lacy (one of the ones I would have loved to have seen as a full-length), a scientist conducting research on vampirism draws the attention and the passion of the vampire king.
The next entry, “Empathy” by Alexandra Jordan, is quite unique and interesting, as two software programmers discover the ability to feel the sensations of their partner and take things to a whole new sexy level. While in “The Libido 3000” by Penelope Swift, a young woman agrees to test out a virtual reality program for her boyfriend and has some very surprising and satisfying experiences.
“Not Rocket Science” by C. Margery Kempe changes things up a bit and provides readers with a campy tale based on a 1950s sci-fi flick. This homoerotic tale is a bit over-the-top, but is definitely fun and one of my faves (as I believe…or at least hope…the author intended). “The Revolution Inside” by L.A. Mistral also provides something a bit different as it is set in the 1960s and involves some hippies, a Vietnam Vet, and a computer lab.
The next entry (and one I’d love to have read more of as I loved the whole premise and characters), “Robot Lovers Prey on the Lonely” by Annabeth Long, is a touching story set in a world where robots are quite common and involves a widow exploring her sexual side with a sexy robot, but the unexpected happens as things escalate between the pair.
Medical research is the subject of the next entry, “Quarantine” by Janine Ashbless in which a couple of researchers find themselves stuck together in quarantine following the possible exposure to the Ebola virus. They soon find a way to pass the time as they give into the passion that smolders between them. Next is “Seducing the Googleable Woman” by Sadie Zaft, which finds a woman conducting some online research and exploring a possible mutual attraction with her crush, a female news anchor.
“Sex Study” by Jen Bluekissed, is up next and has a married couple growing closer and discovering the unexpected when they sign up for a sex study. Meanwhile, “Invisible Touch” by Lolita Lopez is a sexy little tale that deals with invisibility and how it heightens the awareness and the relationship between a researcher and her boss. And in “The 69th Element” by Anna Black, a wife worried about her marriage sets out to seduce her science geek hubby with a little bit of science and has some very pleasing results. And in the last entry of the anthology, “Wet Dreams” by K.D. Grace, a sleep researcher discovers some interesting results while observing a subject when the two begin to share some very erotic dreams.
This anthology proves that science is far from boring and can be quite sexy and fun given the right setting and premise. While I do wish a few of them had been longer and some of them a bit better developed, each story provides readers with something unique, sexy, and entertaining despite their brief length.
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