sci-fi writers often have a good deal of time on their hands

June 30th, 2006

Another classic of the intarweb, the essay “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex” by Larry Niven:

What arouses Kal-El’s mating urge? Did kryptonian women carry some subtle mating cue at appropriate times of the year? Whatever it is, Lois Lane probably didn’t have it. We may speculate that she smells wrong, less like a kryptonian woman than like a terrestrial monkey. A mating between Superman and Lois Lane would feel like sodomy-and would be, of course, by church and common law.

…geez, way to overthink it, Larry.


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