Recommended Reading List from Hypatia’s Hoard for Back to Sex Toys of the Future, Presented at Archon 2002 and 2003

by Elizabeth Barrette


    • Alysha’s Fall by M.C.A. Hogarth. Cornwuff Press, 2000. Scientists created the anthropomorphic Pelted from human and animal DNA, many of them originally for use as sentient or semi-sentient sex toys. Long after the Pelted left Earth to establish their own civilization, some people still see them as sex toys.
    • “Flesh of My Flesh” by Recondita Armonia in Mind & Body edited by Cecilia Tan. Circlet Press, 2002. The main character uses a very sophisticated bug to enter the minds of some clones while they have sex.
    • Flinx in Flux by Alan Dean Foster. Del Rey, 1988. Flinx knows some genius aliens, who created a unique toy for him. It looks like a bunch of Mobius strips orbiting a common center. Put your hand into that center and it delivers a tremendous full-body pleasure surge.
    • “Hands of a Dark God” by Raven Kaldera in S/M Futures edited by Cecilia Tan. Circlet Press, 1995. This story features a variety of exotic toys, including a whip made with shockwire tresses, and a complex electronic system that transmits all sensations from the submissive to an eager audience.
    • “Savin’ All My Lovin’ for You” in XXXenophile #1 by Phil Foglio. Palliard Press, 1989. The characters are a pair of androids. When Lio has to take a trip, he leaves his penis behind for Tia to use as a sex toy, and he reprograms her body to provide additional stimulation. But she has a surprise for her returning lover… See also the cover of XXXenophile #6 which features a sex toy shop with an impressive array of gizmos for sale.
    • The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey. Baen Books, 1992. At the very end, the brainship Tia transmits her personality into an android body so that she can make love with her human “brawn” pilot.
    • The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee. DAW, 1981. Created to be a romantic and erotic companion, Silver was not intended to become fully sentient but did anyway, graduating from sex toy to main character.
    • “Soul of Light” by Catharine Asaro in SexTopia edited by Cecilia Tan. Circlet Press, 2001. The characters indulge in sex while under the influence of modified wine and nanogels that affect both mind and body, ultimately leading to more intense orgasm.
    • Steeldriver by Don DeBrandt. Ace Books, 1998. This novel packs in several intriguing ideas: The Insussklik aliens, whom humans call Toolies, absorb objects to give their amorphous bodies shape; males use their collected tools to impress females. Then there are the sentient machines, one of whom uses technotricks to enable her to have sex – in cyberspace – with the man she loves. Not entirely satisfied with this, she later downloads herself into an android body used to staff the local bordello. The Inamorata 137/BD sounds very cozy.
    • “Tangaroa” by Allison Lonsdale in Best Transgender Erotica edited by Hanne Blank and Raven Kaldera. Circlet Press, 2002. This story opens with a detailed description of a dildo that changes size, produces its own lubricant, and anchors to the wall. Bet they sell a lot of those.
    • “Trials of the Damned 4.0” by Gwendolyn Miriel Piper in S/M Futures edited by Cecilia Tan. Circlet Press, 1995. Undescribed technology allows a woman to be reconstructed into the shape of a demon for the erotic fulfillment of herself and her owners; both she and the enabling technology can be considered sex toys of a sort.
    • “To Love and Riot” by Eric Del Carlo in SexTopia edited by Cecilia Tan. Circlet Press, 2001. A special group of soldiers quell a riot by having sex with the rioters; they wear body-armor designed to facilitate this process, including self-lubricating gloves.
  • Utopia Unlimited 1 by Charlie Wise. Palliard Press, 1994. Features the Pushmi-Pullyu-3000, a double dildo made by the Amazon women on the Moon. Tastes like the real thing and expands with friction.


  • Fantasy Made Flesh: The Essential Guide to Erotic Roleplay by Deborah Addington. Greenery Press, 2003. This nonfiction guide presents the techniques and theory of using make-believe as bedsport. If you want to play with sex toys that haven’t been invented yet, here’s one outlet.
  • Sex Toy Tricks: More Than 125 Ways to Accessorize Good Sex by Jay Wiseman. Greenery Press, 1996. A thorough and creative tour of currently available sex toys and fun things to do with them. Now think of what you WISH they would do, but don’t yet, and you’ve got sex toys of the future.
  • Supermarket Tricks: More Than 125 Ways to Improvise Good Sex by Jay Wiseman. Greenery Press, 1997. People today put objects to uses for which they were never intended. Imagine what opportunities people of the future will have to subvert manufacturers’ anticipated purposes.

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