Banned from Scribd!

Apparently my writing is too hot for Scribd, the ebook subscription service. It was just over a year ago that “Luna City, At Night,” was published there, but a few days ago Scribd decided to ban it for “violation of Scribd’s content policy,” specifically “excessive erotic and/or adult content.”

The story is about a lonely young man living on the moon, who tries to fill up his loneliness by picking up random women at bars, until everything changes one night.

You can read the full text of the story for free at Daily Science Fiction, where it was originally published. If you want it on your ereading device, you can also buy a copy from Amazon (Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Amazon.ca), KoboApple iBooksBarnes & Noble, or Inktera.

You’ll see that the most erotic and/or adult content it gets is in these two  paragraphs:

We are inside my room and I leave the lights off, like every other time. I come up behind her, wrapping my arms around her waist. I begin to undress her.

She turns around, allowing her clothes to fall to the floor. She begins to undress me. I bend my head; we kiss. We are in bed; we’re making love.

Pretty hot stuff, right?

Luckily, if you want to read this story too hot for Scribd, you have lots of choices.

 

P.S. A commercial enterprise can choose to sell anything it wants, and choose not to sell anything it doesn’t want. So normally something like this wouldn’t offend me. But if you looked up “Luna City, At Night” on Scribd, you’d see this at the top of the page:

Scribd Warning

Since the book was banned effective immediately, with no warning, no grace period, and no appeals process, that statement is just untrue. Now lying to your customers? That does offend me.

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Karl El-Koura was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and currently lives with his beautiful editor-wife in Canada’s capital city. More than sixty of his short stories and articles have been published in magazines since 1998, and in 2012 he independently published his debut novel Father John VS the Zombies.

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