Asexual?

Date: 2017-05-06 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm naive but: stories set in the future, written in the 1970s and 80s - was "asexual" already a thing to be then? In a "three asexuals walk into a bar" way. And as an adult.

Maybe it's unevenly distributed. I read asexual anecdotes on the "Not Always Romantic" web page, I find them educational, but I don't know if more than one person is sending them in.

Anyway, rich people and great artists are entitled to be prejudiced, in their opinion anyway.

Date: 2017-05-06 06:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hrj
If asexual had already been a common part of the genre conversation in the '70s and '80s it might not have taken until the '10s for me to figure it all out. That is, if it had been present as a neutral or positive "thing". There were certainly plenty of ways to label it as aberrant, such as "frigid" for straight women or "lesbian bed death" for lesbians. Can't speak to the male side.

Date: 2017-05-06 07:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oh6
I recall a university dorm neighbour describing a story that sounds a lot like "A House Divided", although it was 7 years after it was published, and perhaps a bit late. Did either of the women in this story have an athletic bent?
Edited Date: 2017-05-06 07:21 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-07 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"House Divided" was republished in 1981 in a "Best of F & SF" collection - which is where I read it (and perhaps where your neighbor did).

Date: 2017-05-07 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vschanoes.livejournal.com
I read this one in the '80s when I was a wee thing! I remember the cover! I, um, don't actually remember any of the stories, though, to the point where even with the memory jog of your synopses, I have no idea how any of them turn out...

Date: 2017-05-07 01:57 am (UTC)
dwight_benjamin_thieme: My daughter Ellen in her debut as Rusty from Footloose (Default)
From: [personal profile] dwight_benjamin_thieme
Would that Varley story by any chance be Lollipop and the Tar Baby?

Date: 2017-05-07 02:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bolindbergh

The Varley story with the odd title was indeed published in 1977.

Entirely unrelated: the cover and the artists' community setting is suggestive of a certain section of the video game BioShock.

Date: 2017-05-07 02:06 am (UTC)
dwight_benjamin_thieme: My daughter Ellen in her debut as Rusty from Footloose (Default)
From: [personal profile] dwight_benjamin_thieme
The cover also brings back memories of my nascent sartorial sense; me and my buds genuinely thought people would dress like this in the (disco) future. This or like Rush for the cover art of their 2112 album.

Date: 2017-05-07 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
Killough's Brill and Maxwell novels when they first came out also had a very 70s look at fashion futurity...

http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/jamesdavisnicoll/Images/_medium/Doppelg%C3%A4nger-Gambit.jpg

https://www.risingshadow.net/libdb/images/books/15072.jpg

(And dear god, the Kindle edition does have a cheapskate cover: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51poW5mkNdL._SY346_.jpg )

Date: 2017-05-07 05:34 pm (UTC)
dwight_benjamin_thieme: My daughter Ellen in her debut as Rusty from Footloose (Default)
From: [personal profile] dwight_benjamin_thieme
Oh dear lord, you got it in one with the first link. All I can plead is youth and 70's.

Date: 2017-05-07 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] timgueugen
That reminds me of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's series UFO. It was filmed in 1969 and 1970 and set in 1980 and after, so their version of the early 1980s had people wearing clothing that often looked like it belonged in the late '60s. Yet by the time the show aired in some markets in the early '70s I suspect the clothing was already beginning to look dated.

Date: 2017-06-02 11:15 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Huh? It's a bunch of dancers wearing what looks like pretty standard dance wear. I doubt this is supposed to be a portrayal of futuristic street clothes as the figures are actually doing ballet.

Date: 2017-05-10 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
What...are those things on his feet?

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