Geoff Ryman

What if you could sleep with anyone in the world, just by thinking about it?

Michael Blasco, a young scientist, is waiting for the train when he spies a friend he fancies. Idly, he imagines Tony naked and an extraordinary thing happens – Tony strips there and then on the platform and offers himself in front of all onlookers. Horrified, Michael flees. But back home, Tony magically reappears. Then disappears, when Michael wishes him away.

Michael sets out to test the parameters of his new-found gift, rapidly calling up Billie Holiday, Johnny Weismuller, Lawrence of Arabia, Alexander the Great, Picassao, and even his younger self. The world is there for the taking and Michael runs the gamut of his fantasies. But what does he really want?

Reviews of Lust

    • ‘If Ryman’s material is potentially shocking, the way he handles it is … completely disarming. Scenes of graphic erotic intensity are counterbalanced by humour and tenderness … Ryman’s imagination is quite extraordinary, and he possesses the skills to make emotionally believable something that’s completely fantastic’ Independent
    • ‘This book isn’t ultimately about sex, or lust, but rather about the life that lust creates. And there are some very important themes here: pornography and power, science and art, animal rights, human rights, slavery, genetics, love, free-will, desire, quantum physics and the possibility of parallel universes’ Independent on Sunday

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