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

John Scalzi
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 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: #38,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 42 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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24 of 24 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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12 of 12 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny February 18, 2013
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This book is mildly funny. It has a wacky plot, but I have read much better books from Jon Scalzi's hand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny
Published 2 days ago by Karen Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars ) but a good, light read and worth the time
The title got me. It is short (!!!) but a good, light read and worth the time.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph G. Liscouski
4.0 out of 5 stars Got a Half Hour to Spare?
And in that half hour do you want to find yourself having a couple of good belly laughs? I did have extra time and had just come down from a horror novel of over 700 pages. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dianne Socci-Tetro
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun short
A little on the short side for what was charged but I enjoy this writer and am willing to support him. Written with classic Scalzi flair. Read more
Published 2 months ago by shopping at midnight
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I have read quite some John Scalzi books and have to say that I am quite a fan of his writing.

This book was unfortunately a big disappointment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by !Xabbu
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fun fun
Wow, what an inventive ,and unique love story!!! I highly recommend this short story (and any other stories or books becausey Scalzi).
Published 3 months ago by BOOKWOMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Since this is not a book, but a very short story I will forgo my usual 8 point review style.

This short story is wry and a little cynic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars An Alien Sex Story
A cute little story in a universe where aliens send diplomats to Earth. The different cultures have interesting sexual practices that create the humor in the story.
Published 4 months ago by Phyllis Boros
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
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.
Published 4 months ago by Tim Warren
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 6 months ago by KrisV
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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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