Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Different Kinds Of Sex In Fiction
appropriate to their characters;
relevant to the plot (consider Everard's two sexual liaisons in "Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks");
not described explicitly.
Sometimes, SM Stirling gets more explicit. Unpleasantly (not a complaint, just an observation), this includes Walker and Hong on pp. 522-523 of On The Oceans Of Eternity, Chapter Twenty-Five! It sounds horrific. I would never half-strangle or half-smother a woman, even at her request, not only because I find the whole idea distasteful but also because I would not want to risk a murder charge. Of course, neither of these considerations carries any weight with William Walker, King of Men, who has made his own will the whole of the law in his empire. Other writers tell us that their villains are evil. Stirling, like Alan Moore, shows us in detail. And how can we complain? It is is only fiction. And it is only reminding us what the world is sometimes like.
I am not only talking about violent sex. In the same passage, read about Walker's relationship to the men that he commands. If one of them assassinates him, this can only be a Good Thing. And in an earlier post, I entertained the idea of nuking the Draka capital. The Devil with fire etc.