Last week we ran an interview with Chris Bucholz, the author of our most recent release, Severance. In the interview we talked about everything from how the novel came about, what Chris would do if it became a mega-hit, and his writing process. You can read the full interview here.

When tackling the question of what he would do if he were a passenger on the Argos, the generation ship that is the setting for Severance, Chris mentioned that he thought the folks in the competitive lovemaking league probably had a lot of fun. Of course they did! It's a competitive lovemaking league! What wouldn't be fun about that! And we went on with the interview.

After posting the interview I got to thinking about the logistics of such thing. Mainly, how would a competitive lovemaking league be scored. Creativity in positions? Duration? Dismount? All day new possibilities roamed through my thoughts until finally I emailed Chris to ask. He was the man with the answers, after all, and I had to know!

So, for all of you who were also wondering how competitive lovemaking would be scored, here's Chris's response:

Heh, that's actually a tough one to answer. In comedy it's often funnier leaving certain things unsaid, offering a set-up without any supporting details, to let each reader's imagination fill in the blanks with whatever comes to their mind. "Competitive lovemaking league" might inspire visions of cheering crowds, prohibited holds, penalty flags, or various other sporting miscellany. They write half the humor for you that way. Any detailed description I could offer would negate the reader's own vision of what was going on - what if they were imagining a really loud shotclock buzzer that I failed to describe - and possibly ruin some of the comedy.

But what the heck, let's do it anyways. In the world of Severance, Competitive Lovemaking is scored by a panel of judges who measure form, artistic interpretation, and distance. Points are deduced for grunting, but also, confusingly, added for grunting. There are bonus rounds where all points double, penalties for too many men on the field, and regular turnovers. And yes, there is a very loud shotclock buzzer.

You can find out more about the occupants of the Argos and the ways in which they pass the time by reading Severance, available now.