Review and Reader Comments
Fantasies of the Future
Review by Gregor Samsa
Sally Miller is a remarkable writer
of erotic fantasies and she now has two books out at the same time: Fantasies
of the Future and Hunterdon Girl Fantasies. The fantasies reveal so
much that is interesting and controversial about the author! Both books are
chiefly concerned with sexual fantasies, but both investigate other ideas as
well. The pieces are short, ranging from one to six pages.
Fantasies of the Future has
a feminist bias, many of the stories dreams of a world in which women are
totally dominant over males. The stories sometimes are very funny, and sometimes
may be scary to male readers.
“The Hyena” is one of the most intriguing, envisaging a world in which humans
have adopted the social patterns of hyenas. Disgusting you say? Not at all!
Zoologists tell us that hyenas have an admirable family structure, completely
controlled by the smartest and toughest female in the pack. The males happily
accept her authority, and, according to Ms. Miller, the adult members of the
pack have a complex and very active sex life, including much sexual play.
“Personal Robot” is the exact counterpart of the male fantasy of having a
humanoid female to satisfy his sex needs. There are echoes of the old Mills
Brothers’ recording “Paper Doll” where the male hero dreams of having a paper
doll to replace the lyin’ cheatin’ human dolls he has encountered.
A fantasy on aliens from outer (or
inner) space, “The UFO Party” presumes that the ones you encounter will be
benign rather than malevolent. I hope Sally is right, but I wouldn’t count on
“New World Order” bans all
pre-marital sex, girls don’t get married until they are twenty one, and then for
ten-year terms. Their fathers prepare them for physical sex. Here is a quote
“…(it is) acknowledged to the whole world by marrying that women are
intellectually and sexually superior.”
I was particularly interested in
this one because I recently read a story on an Internet porn site called “The
Ultimate Marriage Gift.” In this similar situation where women were totally
dominant, males were kept naked and then led around by their owners with a leash
attached to their genitals. The big public religion involved a designated male
having one testicle removed by castration at the time of his wedding. The other
testicle was removed after the birth of his last child. His penis was cut off
after his last ejaculation on the occasion of his daughter’s marriage.
I suppose it all depends on how far one is prepared to go…
In “Queen of the World” the
narrator says “If I need an engineer or a healer or a lover, all I have to do is
call, and within half an hour my wish has been granted.”
Lots of luck, lady!
“The Treatment Man” is a very funny piece about enemas and sex.
“Shopping Complexes” foresees a
future society very much like that of the ancient Amazons of Greek mythology in
which males and females met only at a procreation festival. The resulting
children were divided, boy babies being turned over to the males, and girl
babies being raised by the Amazons.
The only story that actually
offended me was “The Pet,” envisaging a future world in which males are pets of
women. The males are treated much like dogs or cats, and I found this to be a
degrading and menial role. There is a little logic in the story; in short, I see
it as an extreme fantasy, perhaps dreamed up after the author’s experience of
unpleasant human males in today’s society.
Hunterdon Girl Fantasies is
gentler and more sensual. It’s interesting to see how much emphasis is placed on
masturbation for both sexes.
“The Dead Concert” has a sensual
blending of sexy music and the emotions of listeners. “The Farmer” is a rather
sweet and very straightforward courtship between a widowed farmer and the female
narrator. “The Guy Next Door” and “The Lady Next Door” are stories of
exhibitionism and voyeurism both ways.
“Head or Golf” is a hilarious (and
probably very accurate) account of a woman trying to get the sexual attention of
a man who is watching a golf match on television.
“Phone Sex 15” is a very funny and
wry description of a cool sex therapist who prides herself on her remote
attitude toward her clients. In the end she gets hooked on one phone caller.
The greatest story of all is “The
Wise Men and the Exhibitionist,” about a conference of men from all over, held
in Minneapolis over Labor Day Weekend. There are solemn discussions of every
sexual activity conceivable, long scientific speeches greeted with grave nods
and sedate applause.
In the end the “Sally” character
opens up her convention booth to all the conference delegates. At the back of
the booth she drapes herself naked over a chair, then illustrates masturbation.
The delightful thing is that all the pomposity disappears in the face of this
exhibition, the delegates lose all their inhibitions, and the entire conference
takes on an aura of good will.
I must say I prefer the outright
sensuality of the Hunterdon Girl book. Fantasies of the Future is
intriguing, clever, and imaginative. But the direction of many of its stories is
Are women really heading in that direction?
Read Sally Miller and make up your own mind. She is a lot more civilized than
the more extreme of the feminists.
Fantasies of the Future