Venus Plus X Book Summary and Study Guide

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One day 27-year-old Charlie Johns wakes up to find himself in a totally different society or world. The beings don't seem to possess gender, and they want him to study them as much as they study him. Somehow he magically learns their language and they show him around a culture without conflict, sexual competition, or gender -- where children and grownups acquire knowledge via the "cerebrostyle" which writes learning effortlessly on the brain, and endless energy comes from the "A-field," derived from negative matter. The Ledom, as they call themselves, lead Charlie to believe they are Earth's future. But something is not quite right about the whole operation, although it takes Charlie a long time to put his finger on it. Sturgeon said he wanted to write a "decent book about sex," which inevitably touches on religion, and this 1960 novel is a curiously relaxed affair -- discursive and mildly thought-provoking, but not terribly gripping.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings of a human growing up among aliens

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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