Roc, Dec 2001, 5.99, 288
In 1969 Las Vegas, Wayne Norton is proud to be a Las Vegas police officer. Although twenty-one he remains a virgin who loves his girlfriend Susie and hopes to consummate their union soon. Before that can happen he sees Susie's father, a gangster, kill some rivals in cold blood. Her father then punches his lights out and puts him in a cryogenic sleep chamber. He wakes up three hundred years in the future to a world he doesn't know.
He's immediately drafted into GalactiCop and sent to Hideaway, an exotic pleasure playground. He is on such a top-secret mission that he doesn't even know what it is. While trying on some clothes, he meets a beautiful woman named Kiru who escaped a penal planet with a bunch of space pirates. Wayne finally loses his virginity before he and Kiru are arrested. They both escape their captors but become separated which means there won't be a happily ever after ending for this couple or will there?
BIKINI PLANET is a fun science fiction novel that doesn't take itself seriously at all. It is a satire on the entire “grave – save the universe” space opera novels and movies that are so prevalent in fiction today. David Garnett has a delicious sense of humor, which he shows off to perfection in ironically this one of a kind novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner