|Plot Summary of Venus Plus X|
One day 27-year-old Charlie Johns wakes up to find himself in a totally different society or world. The beings don't seem to possess gender, and they want him to study them as much as they study him. Somehow he magically learns their language and they show him around a culture without conflict, sexual competition, or gender -- where children and grownups acquire knowledge via the "cerebrostyle" which writes learning effortlessly on the brain, and endless energy comes from the "A-field," derived from negative matter. The Ledom, as they call themselves, lead Charlie to believe they are Earth's future. But something is not quite right about the whole operation, although it takes Charlie a long time to put his finger on it. Sturgeon said he wanted to write a "decent book about sex," which inevitably touches on religion, and this 1960 novel is a curiously relaxed affair -- discursive and mildly thought-provoking, but not terribly gripping.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Venus Plus X|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- sensitive (sigh....)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Cultural problems, alien culture
- feelings of a human growing up among aliens
- Domed/Underground City
- 20th century
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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