Fiero can get an erection, but only by popping a Viagra or Cialis pill or by injecting Caverject, another erectile-dysfunction drug, into the side of his penis. He sees this situation as a form of enlightenment. He likes to theorize that his erotic wiring is now more like a woman's; if he's going to be attracted to someone, he needs to be stimulated mentally and emotionally. Which means that Fiero spends his time surrounded by speechless sex dolls that turn him on only aesthetically. "I didn't get the dolls because I was into the sex thing," he says. "I got 'em because I was into the art thing." He had sex with a doll once, and he enjoyed it, but his principles prevent him from making a habit of it. "I'm not going to be fucking dolls and shipping them to other people," he says. "That's fuckin' rude. What kind of businessman would I be if I did that?"

Within the Lynchian chambers of Fiero's house, there stands only one RealDoll that he considers his own. She goes by the name Blue, and that is what she is: She's a gamine, small-breasted elf with pointy ears and skin that could make her an honorary member of the Blue Man Group. A few years back, Abyss Creations decided to launch its first male doll, a chiseled hunk named Charlie with washboard abs and adjustable penis size. The company brought in Fiero to sculpt a model. For a few months Fiero lived close to the doll factory and devoted himself to the task. When he was done sculpting Charlie, McMullen and his team offered him a special gift. "They were like, "Dude, any doll, any body style that you want,'" Fiero says. "I said, 'Make her blue. Give her pointed ears, and make her look like she came off of EverQuest.' When I saw the head of the doll I started doing cartwheels. It was the coolest thing I'd ever seen." Fiero flew to Amsterdam and bought Blue a body-hugging rubber gown garlanded with zippers. It cost him close to $1,000. This leads to an inevitable question—a question that Fiero answers before you even work up the courage to ask. The answer is no. "Never," he says. "Never ever." Blue, it turns out, is the last thing you'd expect to find in this dark house on a quiet street in Davis. She is a virgin.