Has Piers Anthony suffered a traumatic head injury recently?

I recently got Climate of Change out of the local library.

The introduction talks about how it’s part of a series that covers the entire prehistory and history of the human race. He gets on to our distant ancestors walking upright, losing their fur, and females getting permanent breasts.

And then he talks some more about breasts, for another…page and a half. OK.

“Men want to look at women’s breasts, to feel them, to kiss them, and to have sex with bare-breasted women. The reason is historical.”

“But how many school history texts have that discussion?”

Anyway the story starts with two ancient hunter-gatherers looking for a new home for their tribe. They find a hut where a young girl lives. She is “not far into nubility, slender and pretty.”

Then they have a long conversation which is mostly about the barely pubescent girl showing her vagina to the older main character.

Then they have a discussion about how the girl’s society’s marriage customs are based on rape. “Some girls don’t like getting raped,” she observes.

Then I stopped reading.

The strange thing is that Piers Anthony seems to truly believe he’s crafted an epic about important issues. There’s an Author’s Note at the end about how the human race needs to do something about pollution and the environment lest we be destroyed. It’s not like the Gor series, which are obviously intended to be erotic (although John Norman seems to pretend otherwise in interviews). It’s like those people who mutter obscenities without consciously realising it, only written.

The Geek Horoscope

I found this image recently, which gives twelve common types of hero, anti-hero or villain found in ‘geeky’ fiction. (I found this version here. The webpage for the idea is here, but I couldn’t find any equivalent large pictures there).

On the webpage, they’ve changed ‘Undead’ to ‘Undead/Slayer’.

It reminds me of my post If D&D was based on contemporary ideas of fantasy – albeit, of course, the ‘horoscope’ is talking about character type; alignment rather than class, in D&D terms.