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Title : Chrome
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ISBN : 9780515048469
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 383 Pages
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Chrome Reviews

  • Damon Suede
    2019-06-19 18:50

    M/M before such a thing even existed! I remember this with great fondness from my teen years. A sweet gay Sci-fi romance that got itself into print at the most unlikely time. Tightly plotted and frankly erotic, this book by fallen star Nader was a bold, me-generation exploration of manloving, android-style. For once gay romantic fiction without tragic closet-cases or public shame. By situating this story in an imagined future, Nader manages to absolve his characters of lingering guilt about their desire for other impossibly hunky men in their vicinity, although he leave plenty of room for other angsty goodness.Terrific characters and an honest-to-god action-suspense plot wrapped around the doomed romance of man and mandroid. Dig it!

  • Bill
    2019-06-07 16:59

    The 1st gay SF novel I read in 1978. It's about a human who falls in love with a robot (android actually) . The book is packed away somewhere and I only have a few fond images. Unfortunately the sequel was never published."First novel by the late beefcake actor George Nader, a close friend of Rock Hudson. One of the few gay science fiction novels. "George Nader's interesting Chrome (Putnam, 1978) is a full bore gay love story, a passionate, sexual romance between strongly written men. . The treatment of the sexual taboos held against Robots and their social exile suggest Nader is employing a metaphor about the place of gay men in society, and this is no doubt part of what is going on in the book"

  • Left Sr
    2019-06-09 14:47

    Half of this book is a very sweet and very erotic love story between two men that delighted me. I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned yet that a little more than halfway through, this book becomes the most misogynistic, fascist piece of science fiction I've ever read.I have no real problems with the book's first half, which deftly uses the metaphor of the forbidden relations between a human and an android to leave its characters free of guilt about the eroticism of male bodies. At its best, it dwells more on the effortless joy and beauty of two people coming to desire each other, and it does it well, with a mild science fiction background and some slight romance-novel cheesiness. Nader's writing is fairly fanciful in tone, perhaps a touch overwrought at times, but this is a book about strong emotions and powerful men, so it seems fair. It's truly erotic at times, often lighthearted but never vapid, and has a delightful touch of the surreal to it- you feel that the Cabin and Chrome and Vortex's relationship is so dreamlike, it's bound to end.And end it does, in the worst possible way. I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned yet that a little more than halfway through, this book becomes the most misogynistic, fascist piece of science fiction I've ever read short of Spinrad's masterful satire "The Iron Dream", and this book isn't satirical. My enjoyment of this book turned to disgust within the space of a single page when the curtain was pulled up on the love story of Chrome and Vortex, and Nader gave vent to a bit of exposition worthy of a Tom Metzger: The tyrannical society that rules the Earth came about through government-enforced equality. In particular, women's equality, and this led to the lowering of standards and improper uncontrolled breeding, creating a "Garbage World" of degenerates. Rond H'Lokk talks about how S.O.R.A.'s encouragement of women to struggle for the place of men leads only the "lower brain levels" to mate. "First came the S.O.R.A.'s lowering of all standards, its insistence that all were equal in everything. Next, it's vast propaganda campaign urging indiscriminate mating..."The S.O.R.A. is, of course, a technocratic bureaucracy seemingly staffed mostly by spiritually-hideous females bent on destroying the bond between pure, noble, chiseled, bronzed men. All that's lacking is an explicit shot at miscegenation, but even that is implied by Jamison's talk of "indiscriminate mating".Lucky for the suffering citizens of planet ZOG, the "avenging angels" are here to stand between them and all-powerful future-commies. The Warriors are like a Nazi brotherhood of truth-speaking swordwielding beefcakes, their society seems to be sort of like an Evolan "neo-traditionalist" brotherhood or a Germanic sworn warrior guard. This sort of misogynistic "warrior brothers" ethos is something that echoes through the fascist worldview as well as the underworld of the old-school gay imagination: finally, a world without women, where petty female minds can be swept aside so that men can get to the business of GLORY.With his conservative-paranoid setting architecture fully in view, I found the rest of Nader's book really quite impossible to enjoy. Perhaps it's just me, since I have strong political opposition to it, but I found the rest of the book to be flat, dull, and totally tiresome.Really disappointing. The book gets two stars only for its beautiful first half.

  • Wart Hill
    2019-06-06 14:56

    I go to visit friends, and these are the things that come home with me.

  • Lyndi
    2019-06-01 15:31

    Can I just say, this is the most amazing book cover I've ever seen.

  • Richard Derus
    2019-06-15 11:46

    Rating 2.5* of fiveI rounded up because the book was groundbreaking in its time, but it wasn't particularly good at being SF.

  • Julie
    2019-06-03 18:30

    The story is narrated by Chrome, a young space cadet, who arrives at the remote facility – “cabin”, though the term couldn’t really be applied to this construction, for his final test. Space Cadets are chosen and trained by the government, S.O.R.A., the Society of Restructured Americas, which is the most powerful organization on Earth. For a comparatively short period of time all about-to-be-graduated cadets were required to be attendants, aides, or helpers – to serve a particular individual. In the cabin Chrome is met by a man. He is the most handsome man Chrome has ever seen, and he is well aware of that. Chrome is told that he is out of the same mold as the last Cadet, the one who failed. “So you’d make the same mistake he made, of loving me. Understandable, perhaps, but fatal. And I mean that literally. Fatal."It is death to love a Robot.That marks the beginning of the events that would change Chrome’s life forever. The time Chrome spends in the cabin, tending to the man – Vortex, healing his damaged hands, is only a fraction of what’s to come.The Warriors, The Immortals, the Greater Council of the Confederated Galaxies – this world is massive, and so is S.O.R.A.’s conspiracy involving genetic experiments and impairing its own society.As for the romance part, Vortex and Chrome’s love story made me ache for the sequel, which was never published. I really enjoyed the way they’d both tried to ignore their feelings in the beginning, believing that it could never be. But resistance was futile.All in all, it was a magnificent, well-written story with a complex world and strong characters. It's a very emotional read, and Chrome and Vortex are going to stay with me for a while.

  • Dee
    2019-05-22 19:52

    This is a great gay science fiction title from 1978! I got so into the nature of the two main characters' relationship that I began to wish I were a skinny twink with a big, tough warrior from outer space as a boyfriend and protector!

  • Winona
    2019-05-27 16:53

    This book is the worst thing I have ever read and I read My Immortal. Part one is funny but save yourself time and pain and don't read any further.

  • Blak Rayne
    2019-06-12 18:53

    Review as posted on blog: finished Chrome late last night. George Nader’s gay interstellar classic about a young cadet, Chrome, and the warrior King Vortex, who create a bond that defies all odds, and the rules.In order to understand this novel, I read the author’s biography. George Nader was a gay American actor, who was active from 1950 to 1974 with approximately sixty film and television credits to his name. After his career in Hollywood ended, he and his life partner, Mark Miller, moved to Europe, where he continued to find steady work; his most notable was his role as “Jerry Cotton”, an FBI agent in a German film series. After an accident during a shoot, which injured his eye, he began a career writing science fiction.Having said that, I give the man kudos for writing this story, considering the time period in which Chrome was published (1978); society still has issues with alternate life styles today, I can’t image what the attitude was like back then. It was probably a death sentence, especially in the entertainment industry.I absolutely love the tagline for this book. It’s priceless. ‘In the future, there will be only one taboo: to love a robot.’ Sex with a robot is naughty enough, but sex between a male robot and a man…. Well, it made me giggle. Chrome is eloquently written. The characters are truly wonderful. Chrome, the main character, is sensitive, thoughtful and a little naïve, particularly in the beginning, but that’s understandable because he is so young. Vortex, on the other hand, is rough, aloof, and an extremely powerful individual in mind, body and spirit; after all he’s a warrior of the most ruthless kind, according to Chrome, the narrator.Chrome is truly of a delightful nature, and I became attached to him and drawn into his world almost immediately. But, as for Vortex, it took time before I could really appreciate him. I read the first one hundred and some odd pages in a couple hours, enthralled, and needing to absorb more. But, by a third of the way through, the story seemed to go haywire, and it steadily went down hill until last night, when the last chapter left me feeling, and the only way I can describe it, disenchanted and robbed. After the emotional roller coaster that consumed nearly two thirds of this book, that drove me, the reader, as well as the character Chrome, insane, I wound up seriously disappointed in the end. I’ve always been reluctant to judge any author’s work based solely on storyline, because as an author myself, the plot is somewhat of a personal journey. No two are alike, and can be messy just like real life. But in this instance two thirds of this book could’ve been condensed to one chapter or less, and there are so many better directions the story could’ve gone. The romance and love that blossomed between robot and man, in the beginning, was nothing short of erotic and passionate, and thoroughly enjoyable to experience from Chrome’s perspective. Loved it! As for the rest…. I felt cheated. Cadet Chrome deserved a grandiose ending. I, the reader, deserved a grandiose ending! He should've been saved by his lover, not hang by a thread until he was mentally beaten into a pulp. This was a difficult one to judge. 3.5 Stars.

  • Terry
    2019-06-18 15:31

    I wanted to look passed the cover given I'd seen it as part of a post on tumblr making fun of the oddly shaped arms on the robot. SO I purchased a copy and was highly disappointed. I could only make it about half way because the writing was clunky, non engaging, boring to be frank. The world is not clearly defined where it needs to be, the chemistry between the characters feels lackluster at best, and if there were meant to be parts later on to clarify the basic functioning of the world...well too little too late. The style alone is overly descriptive to the point of juvenile efforts to impress rather than tell the story. The eroticism is barely there, the first chunk of the book has Chrome giving countless messages in an effort to paint things in a temptation and ultimate lust, yet it is repetitious and how, may I ask, by giving messages, is Chrome going to help his government run country?They try to say that SORA (the government in this world that shaped up after cataclysmic Earthy wars and supposedly runs things with an iron fist) is evil with subtly and then more clearly with the death penalty for those who love a robot, yet you see very, very little in the first 1/2 that would even SUGGEST that Chrome, or any other citizen, is being oppressed outside of not being able to love a robot, which most citizens don't even want to do because they are afraid of them.One of the erotic scenes has our main character EXPLICITLY say no that he does not want oral sex and when he bites his captor, he is hit in the face and asked why he did that, and told because he is aroused he 'must' want it. And after, Chrome (the main character) agrees that he 'must've' wanted it because he was aroused and it felt good so he's sorry for biting the other. I get it, fantasy, even dark fantasy, has a place naturally, but that ^ paints unwanted sexual contact as something that can be overcome with forcing the other into submission and admitting they want it as "romantic" or at the least "friendly". Amazed no one has mentioned this scene.In any case, I suggest skipping this book. It is messy to say the least.

  • Benjamin
    2019-06-13 15:52

    A strange creature this this novel is, yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is narrated by Chrome of the title, a nineteen year old Cadet of a privileged and select group in a declining future Earth of questionable integrity. He is assigned the task of healing a mysterious handsome well-built man who is happy to discard with clothing. Living with his special patient in a luxury cabin in the desert Chrome quickly falls in love, but it seems to no avail for a their first meeting his patient declared he has n interest in men; and anyway, Chrome detects that his patient is a Robot, and falling in love with a Robot is forbidden. But not is all as it seems, in fact very little is, and obstacles that don't exist are not so difficult to overcome, except when they obscure real obstacles, which is what, after the two men do fall in love, the second half of the book centres on.Now rather dated as sci-fi goes it is nonetheless a fascinating read. A little confusing at first as little is revealed initially and we have to piece things together as we go. Although one thing that is clear is that we are soon deep in the throws of an apparent unrequited love story. By the halfway stage this is resolved and the remainder of the book we are more involved in the politics of this future Earth and beyond, and of Chrome's loss of his lover and his treatment by the various interested parties; and there is much interest in the by now legendary Chrome, for he is no ordinary person. (Robots are a central theme, but do not think of mechanical beings, either in manner or make-up, here a Robot is genetically engineered flesh and blood.)I found this an imaginative, original and thoroughly absorbing read which became increasingly more so as it developed (and I'm mystified by one or two of the other less favourable reviews for this novel). The writing is very good if a little overblown at times, but no less beautiful for that.

  • Dann Dempsey
    2019-06-01 19:35

    *sigh*I really wanted to like this book. And for reals, the first like 160 pages were interesting, fairly compelling, slightly erotic without being lascivious, and good-spirited.But then in Part II: Limbo, things went from dumb to dumber. Throw in so many useless unbelievable characters, and subplots, and everyone has like magic powers or whatever, and I totally lose interest. Then, in Part III: The Suckening, the book went from dumber to actually insulting. Everyone has the hots for Chrome, even those "not for men"? Robots are just test-tube babies? Chrome's character is now a total *ss-hat? Plus the sex scenes were way more tawdry and stupid.*sigh*The middle & end of the book read like they're written by a different author, and i really didn't like it.--later--Oh yeah! I forgot how sexist it was in the middle section! Society was brought down by the ERA? *gawd*

  • 2Due
    2019-05-31 14:45

    4.5 stars rounded to 5I really, really enjoyed this story, yet it's been a bit tricky to start it because everything is from the protagonist's view and facts are explained after they happened to him, but once understood the trick it's been really easy to follow.The first part has been a smooth going with "raw touches" and lot of romance and frustration, the second part has been slower and in rare parts a bit boring because of the reclusion of the protagonist.Interesting story and surroundings within, with a nice sudden plot twist halfway through, memorables characters and a satisfying ending.I'm very proud of owning a copy of this book and if the author would have written more, I'd be probably reading them.

  • Greg
    2019-05-26 15:55

    I read this years ago, I don't remember when. I found it at a garage sale for a quarter. I have the one where the two characters on the front of the book are massively muscular but apparently less "romantically inclined." This is a strange book, I can't fathom how it found a publisher, but maybe it road the wave started by "The Front Runner" a few years earlier. Anyway, if you're looking for strange syfy, this ones for you.

  • Rich Meyer
    2019-06-15 19:45

    Very disjointed science fiction, and didn't seem all that erotic, either (though as I'm not gay, I'm not the best judge of that. I mainly wanted to read this because I'm a fan of George Nader's acting in low budget movies (notably Robot Monster). He's borderline as a writer - he's got the mechanics down, but his storyline was drawn out and rather confusing. There were definitely glimmers of proper SF here, but a reader has to dig to get at them.

  • Galen Dudec
    2019-06-19 17:40

    This is an odd but wonderful book published back in the 70'ies... yes the 70'ies, imagine!I love Sci-Fi and especially Sci-Fi with a gay/MM subplot. Unfortunately there are not many of those around in which the science part is creditable and well described, but this is one of them.Great and moving Sci-Fi romance.

  • Nelson Minar
    2019-06-20 13:52

    Got about halfway through, couldn't finish it. The book is this weird gay scifi novel from a nontraditional author. But Samuel Delaney it ain't. Sort of a rolicking scifi adventure, with some fun erotic moments, but a whole lot of terrible writing. The whole plot took a left turn and left me behind. Not interesting, even as a novelty.

  • Adrik Kemp
    2019-06-05 19:57

    A must-read for anyone who enjoys their science fiction a little (or a lot) homoerotic. From the endless perfect men being paraded before Chrome to his place in the universe and obsession with malted milk and peanut butter, this is a great retrofuturistic, gay romp.

  • Bruce Hoffman
    2019-06-02 18:57

    This was a milestone in the M/M genre, and in the robot/man romance genre. My paper back version fell. apart long ago. I'm trying to find an electronic version for my devices but haven't he my luck.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-21 12:59

    wow! erm... Maybe you had to read this at the right time or age, but for 2014? Don't bother. badly written and clunky.

  • Ame
    2019-05-25 19:59

    Part 1 of this story was a quirky dream-like world in which a young cadet falls in love with a Robot/Warrior King guy in a lovely oasis with sci-fi elements like robotic birds and an emotional exotic cat. I seriously have no idea what Nader was going for in Parts 2 and 3. (view spoiler)[It's like he was going for a romance torn apart amidst discrimination and a corrupt government, but hoo boy it didn't read that way. It seems that everyone wants Chrome, the young cadet, and I mean want in every meaning of the word. Everyone would love to sex him up because he's really, really ridiculously good-looking, but the government is also interested in him because he was manufactured as a robot but a woman also carried him in utero in order for him to develop empathy. And it turns out that Chrome has a dozen plus children because of wild escapades with wild women in the wild jungle a few years ago, and hey, nobody knew that this new line of robots could breed. Maybe Nader felt like all the random little conflicts here and there were making the story more adventurous, but I ended up feeling bored and I was relieved when I finished the book. Turns out their society fell apart when people were permitted to reproduce with whomever they wished and women got equal opportunities to have careers. What the hell? Then there's a weird pro-eugenics vibe, but it's not like this book came out of the early 1900s. Anyways, there was a big ominous "Loving a robot means death" thing and I felt it was going to be a theme regarding the treatment of homosexuals, but then Parts 2 and 3 happened and now I have no idea how I feel about anything anymore.(hide spoiler)]Bleh.

  • Nonsense
    2019-06-06 17:52

    By cheap new wave sci-fi standards it's moderate, but I enjoyed the characters enough and wanted to see the main characters get together. It just tied up a little too quickly after spending the second half of the book milling around before an abrupt ending.

  • liligator1
    2019-06-05 16:54

    Oddly enjoyable. I was so curious after seeing that kooky cover and reading about the author. The diction was stilted, and much of the tech described existso now even though the book takes place in the 22nd century.M/M scifi...we could use more

  • Andy Mchugh
    2019-06-18 16:49

    What a wonderful book, a very quick read.

  • Betty
    2019-06-09 18:39

    I read this book in the 80's and still remember it. One very interesting book. Will written,very much a grab you book.Everyone should read it.

  • Ballebook
    2019-06-10 17:40

    Sci-fi 1970`s m-m story.Highly recommended.