It Was Saturday Night, I Guess That Makes It All Right by Sam J. Miller is a wonderfully trippy ride through a dystopian future filled with strange sexual encounters and a society that revolves around surveillance. While this shady future is on display, the real focus of the story is the power and importance of sexual connection. The protagonist has a sexual encounter that completely alters his reality, sending him into an alternate version that defies logic and expectation. It’s the result of connecting with another person, of sharing that intimate bond with another human being. There’s a lot to unpack in terms of underlying meaning, making it an essential read in this collection.
There are spoilers ahead, so beware if you want the collection unspoiled!
The future featured in Miller’s story is obsessed with dictating the interests of the populace. Much of the music people know and love is banned and surveillance is installed on literally every street corner. There’s a deep, underlying paranoia that floods the streets, leaving us with a bleak picture of a city that is surprisingly devoid of people milling about.
Sex is at the forefront of the story, showing us the importance of sexual expression. The interactions begin as some random fun but become this universe-altering experience. These alternate realities are strange and hard to imagine, making them all the more enjoyable to read.
Overall, it’s a story about human relationships in a world that doesn’t want people to be who they are. We see the importance of sex to daily life, and how denying a person that connection removes an essential part of their identity.
It Was Saturday Night, I Guess That Makes It All Right is included in the brilliant anthology, A People’s Future of the United States, available for sale on February 5. Order it now!
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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