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The sea is boiling hot

The Sea Is Boiling Hot - George Bamber, Jack Gaughan Ah, memories.... *sigh* They say you never forget your first. Your first age-inappropriate smutty science fiction book, that is. As a kid, I loved to read, and when Star Wars hit the theaters in 1977, it rocked my eight-year-old little world. I was an instant science fiction fan. Over the next five years (after which my interest started to wane) most of my recreational reading was science fiction, which leads us to this book: It was the summer of '82 when I found this little softcore (mostly) porn gem at a garage sale. I had no idea what it was about, aside from the blurb on the back about mankind living in domed cities after an environmental catastrophe. I'll assume that whoever sold it to me had no recollection of the book's contents. When I got around to reading it, WOW! I was dumbfounded. I was thirteen, and interested in girls (very interested) but the feeling was apparently not mutual. Intellectually, I was familiar with the concept (mechanics) of sex, but had absolutely no real-world experience. I had gotten my grubby little hands on a few Playboy magazines at my friend's house, but nothing more explicit than that. I was so naive (and this is no joke), that this book really did literally describe acts I had never thought of before. "Oh, you can do that?" But to be honest, the bizarre freaky stuff is not what really turned me on the most. What got me the most was (A) the lead female character was described as physically resembling a girl I had a crush on at the time; and (B) she (the character, not the object of my crush) was very sexually aggressive. Up to that point in my life, I had pretty much gotten the cold shoulder from girls I was interested in (did I mention I was on the short side for my age? That doesn't help things when you're 13.) I had always figured the opposite of rejection would be acceptance, but this character was going after guys she wanted and bedding them ...she was taking it to a whole new level! THAT'S the opposite of rejection, and to a boy who knew rejection well, THAT was serious fantasy material! Of course the downside of the whole aggressive female scenerio is that it offers no instruction on how to convince a less-aggressive girl to do any of the things in this story... but I wasn't complaining; I thought this book was great. I really, um, enjoyed it a lot. It would be years before I would see any graphic pornography, so this book was figured largely in my perverted adolescent mind's fantasy life. This book and the 15 seconds of holographic sex featured in the bar scene of the movie Outland. That made a disproportionately large impression on me, because one of my friends had that movie on VHS, and we completely wore out those few seconds of the tape, rewatching it. We did the same thing to the shower scene from Dressed to Kill, although Angie Dickenson wouldn't have been my first choice to see in that scene. Oh, and one other movie whose title I forget, which had about ten seconds full frontal female nudity. Things are desperate at that age. God! Who knows how my life might have turned out if the internet had been invented twenty years earlier! Anyhow, back to this book...Oh, there's more to this book?...than orgies and free-love in a hedonistic bubble-city under the ocean? Actually, yes. If you took all the sex out of this book, it might only be sixty pages long, but you'd still have a pretty interesting story. The premise is that after pollution causes a global ecologic collapse, most of mankind is living in compact domed cities, where a hedonistic lifestyle keeps them too distracted to realize that most of the human race is being exterminated. From all of humanity, only a very few are being bred to serve useful functions in preparation for that day in the future when the environment will be ready to support a human population again. The computers which run society have decided that overpopulation was the root cause of the ecologic collapse, so they intend to keep the population stable at just a few million worldwide. Protagonist Heron Attee is one of the few superintellegent scientists of this world, and he has just simultaneously (1) figured out about the planned mass extermination, and (2) discovered a totally clean and renewable energy source (apparently solar, wind, and hydroelectric don't count). It turns out that the Earth is ripe for reintroduction of a human population, but the computer leaders would not allow it until a totally clean energy source was developed. Now that it has been accomplished, the android agents of the computer ruling class will execute most of humanity, and release a lucky few back into the environment. To prevent the mass executions, Attee destroys his notes before the details of his discovery can be learned. The androids kidnap him, and essentially dissect him until he is reduced to a brain in a jar (with cameras for eyes and speakers to communicate). The last third of the book involves the torture, lies, negotiations and mindgames they employ to try to extract his secrets. I won't spoil the ending, but it's above-average 70's pulp sci-fi... far better than a lot of fare which has enjoyed far more widespread acclaim. (e.g.- it beats the crap out of Logan's Run.) Happy Endings...So years passed and I more or less forgot about this book. Then, quite unexpectedly when I was about twenty-four, it reappeared in my life. I was interested in this girl, but I didn't quite know what she thought about me. It was going slow with us; I wasn't really sure how best to proceed, but kind of suspected we were going down the path to "just friends". One evening I was over at her place and happened to see this book on her shelf. That's when I knew: she must be a freak. I struck up a conversation about it, which she was eager to engage me in. Then we got talking about some of the stuff going on in some of the scenes. So one thing led to another... it's a happy ending if you finish there. If you extend it out, we were a horrible match and the whole thing ended in like two months, but seriously, this book has been good to me.