Thanks, Jeff, for your very interesting suggestion for a different kind of book review. You wrote:
"I'm re-reading (8th time, I think) a book I first read when I was 12, called Children of the Lens. Old-time "hard" SciFi... i.e., an ESTD physicist won't gag and throw it away after 15 pages. The man-woman relationships are straight out of the 50's, but there's no foo-foo stuff and no egregious unnecessary-sex-scenes-for-14-yr-old-boys junk.
"How 'bout review some COOL stuff, like hard SciFi?"
Madame L has not reviewed any "hard" science fiction on her own or her pal Aunt Louise's blog because Madame L doesn't enjoy reading those books. Long ago, Madame L tried to read some in an effort to understand why her Dear Husband liked them, but she never got it. She didn't think they were cool at all. In fact, she thought that perhaps the man-woman relationships that were straight out of the 50's might have been one reason she didn't enjoy them.
Madame L does definitely understand why you aren't interested in "egregious unnecessary sex scenes"---for 14-year-old boys or anyone else---but Madame L thinks it must be possible to find some sci-fi books that even an ESTD physicist would enjoy but which also have real relationships.
So Madame L will be looking for books like that to review. If you, Jeff, or any of Madame L's Dear and Kind Readers, have any suggestions for books like that, please let Madame L know about them.