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This story was first published in Amazing Stories (March 1961 issue), by Isaac Asimov, under the title "Playboy and the Slime God".

Investigator Botax and Captain Garm are alien researchers who are trying to understand humans and bisexual reproduction. Unfortunately, they're hindered by getting their ideas from Science Fiction stories. Botax attempts to invoke several tropes in their attempt to make the male/female pair "cooperate". It goes very poorly.

"What Is This Thing Called Love?" has been republished several times; Dodici Volte Domani (1964), Great Science Fiction From Amazing (1965), Science Fiction Oddities (1966), Urania (issue #455, February 1967), Nightfall and Other Stories (1969), Liebe 2002 (1971), Sex in the 21st Century (1979), Le Livre d'Or de la Science Fiction: Isaac Asimov (1980), Flying Saucers (1982), Amazing Stories: 60 Years of the Best Science Fiction (1985), The Complete Stories, Volume 1 (1990), Alef, #22 (November 1990), Isaac Asimov Presents: The Great Science Fiction Stories, Volume 23 (1961) (1991), The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996), UFOs: The Greatest Stories (1996), and Girls for the Slime God (1997).

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Alternative Title(s): Playboy And The Slime God

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