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How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Everyone wants to know how I proposed to Claire. Well, it’s complicated...


Product Details

  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (October 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TWGBFW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perils of interspecies dating. February 5, 2012
By para
Format:Kindle Edition
As low writer on the totem pole at his magazine, Charlie gets the pleasure of coming home to his girlfriend to explain he will be going on a series of dates with various aliens for a human (well, alien) interest piece. It would be a disservice to spoil the story by going into any more detail.

So far all I've read by Scalzi are a few short stories, all of comedic bent. His writing style suits the material well. Personally I have found most good but a bit insubstantial for my tastes. The detail he gives his characters and settings are astounding, and usually I'm left wishing the stories themselves were stronger and up to the high standards of those elements.

Not so here. Charlie's tale is engrossing and the humor and plot are wonderfully balanced. Everything works beautifully here. Even though it's a short story it's more than worth the current price ($0.99).

Highly recommended.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Quick Read - Recommended February 11, 2012
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"How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story" is an amusing Sci-Fi story of inter-species relations by one of my favorite Sci-Fi authors, John Scalzi (Old Man's War and The Android's Dream). The story is very short but, for what it is, it didn't need to be any longer.

No plot spoilers from me: The story is told by Charlie, a junior writer for a magazine that gets assigned to do an "Alien Interest" story and has to "date" members of the alien races that have embassies on Earth (it is hinted that there are many of these). Unfortunately Charlie has a serious girlfriend, Claire, and really has no idea what aliens do on dates... This was an entertaining "fish out of water" story that painted some very funny imagery but it does contain a scene that was more explicit than expected.

I enjoyed this and will be looking for my Scalzi shorts, recommended!

CFH
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and creative sci-fi fun! March 19, 2012
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This is a great little story!

With such smooth writing skills you feel like you're swept up in the story right away, as Charlie learns he must write a story for his magazine about alien dating rituals, even though he is practically engaged to his (human) girlfriend. To keep his job he has no choice but to take on the assignment.

John Scalzi does a great job of making the sci-fi element seem secondary to the plot of the story. It's also very funny, it even made me giggle out loud a couple of times. Who wouldn't want to know what happens on human-alien dates?

Excellent short story, I would recommend it to any sci-fi fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fluff August 16, 2012
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Like an old "Twilight Zone" episode, How I Proposed to My Wife has a lot to recommend it. The overall journey of the protagonist, the clever dialogue, the strange aliens, and the strong willed (and almost "had it up to here") fiancee are all well done. It doesn't have anything deep or extreme to offer, but it doesn't need to. My biggest disappointment was that there wasn't another clever story to follow (usually see these in collections!). Very fast read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious June 9, 2012
By reader
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This is exactly what I want out of a short story. Something quick and fun. I love this... and after the coda sections in Redshirts I would say that I almost enjoy Scalzi more in the short form. He is an amazing writer, and his stories sing in a way that I am reminded of Asimov or Phillip K. Dick. Scalzi are you hearing this? We want an anthology of only you! Just short stories! 99 cents each! Now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful reminder May 27, 2012
By Krash
Format:Kindle Edition
I am so happy Scalzi offered this short story free - outside of a quick fun read, it reminded me how much I loved his other work, and I went and purchased Kindle editions of the Old Man's War saga. Not many science fiction writers nowdays canvhandle the humorous short in the tradition of a Tenn or Davidson; Scalzi is among the few.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you feel like he was there January 19, 2012
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Many writers have a hard time making a story about alien sex seem convincing. John Scalzi is not one of those writers. This story is compelling and very, very funny. It's easily worth the token price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! April 2, 2014
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Humorous and enjoyable. Unexpected ending. A delight to read. John
Scalzi is one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors. Very reminicent of Robert Heinlein.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a lot of fun. Reminds me short stories from the sixties and...
This was a lot of fun. Reminds me short stories from the sixties and seventies.
A tongue in cheek look at pitfalls of alien "interaction"
Published 2 months ago by KrisV
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great story
I love John Scalzi's writing, whether it's serious sci fi or humorous writing. I laughed out loud more times than I can count while reading this story. It was fabulous!
Published 2 months ago by TJ Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars fun short story
Alien sex! Who can resist? In this tongue in cheek tale, the newest writer-employee of a magazine is sent out to write an article about what it's like to date an alien. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jojobe
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Good Fun
This is a fun and funny story. It is such a good, quick read that I almost reread it when I opened it up to refresh my memory for this review. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tungsten Hippo
5.0 out of 5 stars Scalzi is the best
Every one of Scalzi's books have been Sci-fi masterpieces. His short stories are no less great...they're just...shorter. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph T. Giddings
3.0 out of 5 stars fast and funny
A funny light read with a couple of twists in it. Scalzi does it again in this short well-plotted novelette.
Published 4 months ago by miakhky
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of okay short story
This is not really a book, but the price justify calling it one, so really not an issue with that. The story is okay, but I can not quite get too enamoured with it, pace is needed... Read more
Published 5 months ago by KD0711
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun little book
John Scalzi writes a fun short book that has a cute twist. Very much worth reading it - do it soon
Published 7 months ago by Dennis Phelan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but short
It is a short story but you really want more after it's over. Scalzi fans will enjoy it. No really.
Published 8 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet and Funny.
This is a short story by the author of Old Man's War, and just as in that book it is fantastic. While the back story is not explained the world building that takes place in a few... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Geoffrey Hinds
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More About the Author

John Scalzi writes books, which, considering where you're reading this, makes perfect sense. He's best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller "Redshirts," which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. He enjoys pie, as should all right thinking people. You can get to his blog by typing the word "Whatever" into Google. No, seriously, try it.

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