Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures Volume 1
by Jayce Grayson
It’s the twenty forth century and humankind has moved on to adopt ‘porn’ as a culture. Everybody is doing it, or each other, as long as they participate. One of the selling points is ‘the choice is yours’. Focus on the protagonist, one James Street, a twentyish individual on a plan to work his way from low earth orbit to the colonies and Mars. Farther if he could. James is an abstainer.
He plans to get from the space station he has been helping to build by hitching a ride on a cargo vessel called the Xianne. Temptations await as he struggles with balancing his beliefs and not being a wet blanket.
There are many comical scenes in this book mainly revolving around sexual innuendo and situational awkwardness. I found the editing well done and the material slanted more toward erotica than science fiction though the author carried off several scenes of actual space work in as good a fashion as Ben Bova.
I give this work a thumbs up and warning to keep it with readers over seventeen. We haven’t quite adopted porn culture yet.
Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures Volume 2
by Jayce Grayson
Book two of this series picks up with James on a chore run down to the moon. I think maybe the second chapter has one of the funniest scenes I’ve read in a long time, I had to wipe my eyes and read it again. Moses Jones, or Moze is mainly the flight engineer for the ship Xianne and when he catches the protagonist and an oversexed Oklahoman named Sax wrestling in the locker room he blinks a few times, nods and walks back the way he had came. Moze gives me a mental picture of Tucker Smallwood who has played multiple science fiction series rolls and seems at home with a kind of dry humor.
As with the first volume this one also has a lot of sexual scenes and a key to why the Duncans, owners of Xianne would enlist an abstainer aboard their X-rated vessel. Science fiction covered in this book includes sustainable agriculture on the moon, the technology of moon walking-driving and how to get water on the moon.
This is a good work but does not stand without volume one so if you haven’t read that one I suggest heading there. Readers over seventeen and those who want more erotica than science fiction in their ratio.