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Pagan Passions

Randall Garrett and Laurence Janifer

Book Overview: 

'Adult' Science Fiction? Well, why not? Science Fiction deals imaginatively with odd and unsettling subjects, why not sex? In this novel, the The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece and Rome had returned to Earth—with all their awesome powers intact, and Earth was transformed almost overnight. War on any scale was outlawed, along with boom-and-bust economic cycles, and ...er... prudery—no change was more startling than the face of New York, where, for instance, the Empire State Building became the Tower of Zeus! Our hero, William Forrester is an acolyte of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and therefore a teacher, but Maya Wilson, girl student, was a worshiper of Venus, Goddess of Love and she definitely has different ideas of what to do after class with your professor, especially in a world where prudery has been outlawed. Much dilly-dallying, spooning and downright shenanigans occur I am sad to say but the plot may thicken in the end.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .but it had certainly come close enough there at the end. And if pokes with the elbow weren't declared blasphemous, or at least equivalent to malicious mischief, he thought, there was no justice in the world.

The real trouble was that the man had had no respect for the Gods. There were a good many of the older generation like him. They seemed to feel that humanity had been better off when the Gods had been away. Forrester couldn't see it, and felt vaguely uncomfortable in the presence of someone who believed it. After all, mankind had been on the verge of mass suicide, and the Gods had mercifully come back from their self-imposed exile and taken care of things. The exile had been designed to prove, in the drastic laboratory of three thousand years, that Man by himself headed like a lemming for self-destruction. And, for Forrester, the point had been proven.

Yet now that the human race had been saved, there were still men who griped about the Gods and . . . Read More

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Entertaining listening

Pagan Passions was published in 1959 by the Galaxy/Beacon line as by Randall Garrett and Larry M. Harris, a pseudonym of Laurence M. Janifer. The Beacon books were marketed as borderline erotic, though there's nothing even slightly graphic about this one by more modern standards; it's what they used

This book is fun and frothy. It's about aliens who think they are ancient gods in modern day New York. If want some light and charming sf that's maybe a little dated, this book will delight.

A quick read. Interesting idea but not very fleshed out. Also, the title and cover make it seem kind of racy, but there are true Greek myths racier than this story.

Another in the "youth of the 1950s - 1960s couldn't trust ever-so-sexy sci-fi cover illustrations" series.

The Greek Gods returned sixty years ago and solved the world's problems. Sure, human development seems to have stopped, but that isn't much of a concern to either our lead character, a priest of

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