Monday, August 16, 2010

"Star Trek Sex" - what is it, and how can I get some?

In our Sex In the Library programs in schools and at library conferences, we sometimes identify books as containing "Star Trek Sex."

So, what the heck is Star Trek Sex, anyhow?

Star Trek Sex is....


you know....

Captain Kirk is making eyes at some alien lady who just wants to suck all the salt out of his blood or turn him into a green-skinned demigod or something.

They get closer, and closer. And closer.

Then the music comes up, the focus goes soft and....


After 180 seconds of commercial interruption:
Captain Kirk is pulling on his boots and the alien lady is brushing her hair. Pretty soon the Red Alert will sound, the dilithium crystals will deteriorate in some unexplainable manner, and some guy in a red shirt will disappear mysteriously....

THAT is Star Trek Sex:

We all know what happened during the commercial break, but nobody saw a thing!

A lot of teen books contain the literary equivalent of Star Trek Sex. It's all romance and soft music leading to the end of a chapter.

Turn the page...and suddenly, the protagonists are passing notes in algebra class.

Sometimes, the Star Trek Sex is so subtle that readers can miss it entirely.

Such was the case with Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Mary Jo read and reviewed this book along with 7 others in a single week...and she read so quickly that she completely missed the Star Trek Sex, and her review reported "no sex in this book."
Thankfully, the author alerted us to the mistake.

"...there IS sex in Shiver!" she wrote in the blog comments.

She's totally right. It took me a while to find it, but there it was, on page 294 (paperback edition): Star Trek Sex. Subtle, pretty, and sexy. (It's a terrific read, by the way. I loved this book!)

Our apologies, Maggie Stiefvater. There IS sex in Shiver.

No aliens, though. Unless I missed them?

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