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Read in the late 80s or early 90s, this was a science fiction novel that involved a young female prisoner being held in some sort of military RV. She had super sensitive hearing and hacked the guard's computer password by deciphering the marginal differences in the sounds made by the individual keyboard keys. They ended up having to have sex to protect themselves from a swarm of killer bees or hornets. The only other thing I think I recall is that the author was a teacher / professor of creative writing at a US? university and wrote the book as a bet with his/her students. I don't think it was Samuel R Delaney but could easily be wrong

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    Ah, reluctant sexual attraction and nudity through necessity. Where would sci fi be without that. – Misha R Nov 19 '16 at 16:56
  • I don't suppose you remember who the "they" was having sex? I'm assuming the prisoner was one, but it sounds like you have some idea of who the man (or woman) in this might be associated with them. I've seen some side references to Cryptonomicon (1999) doing password hacking through sound recordings, but nothing firm, and the other facts don't fit. – FuzzyBoots Nov 19 '16 at 16:56
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    And side note, how does having sex protect you from insect swarms??? – Paul Nov 19 '16 at 18:34
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    @Paul Probably depends on which part you're trying to hide. – Misha R Nov 19 '16 at 22:22
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    @Paul You mean you don't know?! I guess you haven't been doing it right... ;) – Steve-O Nov 19 '16 at 23:09

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