Venus and the Seven Sexes
|"Venus and the Seven Sexes"|
|Genre(s)||Science Fiction short story|
|Published in||The Girl with the Hungry Eyes, and Other Stories|
|Publisher||Avon Publishing Co., Inc.|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
"Venus and the Seven Sexes" is a science-fiction story by American writer William Tenn. It was first published in the anthology The Girl with the Hungry Eyes, and Other Stories (Avon Publishing) in 1949, and then in 1953 in the anthology Science-Fiction Carnival by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds (Shasta Publishers).
The story was reprinted in 1968 in The Seven Sexes, an anthology of William Tenn's short stories (Ballantine Books). It also appeared in the 2001 anthology of William Tenn's works titled Immodest Proposals (NESFA Press).
Mankind discovers a race of creatures living on Venus who require seven different sexes in order to reproduce. Unfortunately, mankind is represented on Venus by a Hollywood director, Hogan Shlestertrap, who starts to civilize them by means of typical Hollywood movies.
- Venus and the Seven Sexes title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Obituary for Philip Klass (William Tenn's real name), featuring an excerpt from Venus and the Seven Sexes
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