Are some topics too serious for humor? A lesson in manners has never been this much fun.
Scide Splitters examines reader recommend Brainz, Inc. – Ron Goulart’s hilarious and fast paced, SF detective novel.
Scide Splitters reviews a story collection by one of science fiction and fantasy’s most prolific authors of short form humorous fiction.
Now largely forgotten, Thorne Smith was possibly the wittiest writer of the fantastic in the 1920s & 1930s.
Scide Splitters reviews Eric Frank Russell’s hilarious classic, The Great Explosion – possibly the funniest libertarian science fiction novel ever written.
Science fiction and fantasy’s only annual humor anthology returns with stories from Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Tim Pratt, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, Jody Lynn Nye, and more.
Daleks is and anagram for Sladek. This seemingly random bit of word play has everything and nothing to do with Scide Splitters’ review of John Sladek’s short story collection.
Ira Nayman’s novel, a tour de force of rapid fire humor, is the focus of Scide Splitter’s latest review.
Scide Splitters reviews an anthology from the 1970s featuring some of the most prominent names in SF humor at the time.
Scide Splitters reviews Harry Harrison’s tale of Hollywood behaving badly with a time machine.
A look at the Mr. Hawkins’ Humorous Adventures stories by Edgar Franklin.
In the latest Scide Spitters series, David Kilman takes a look at the new collection, The Hogben Chronicles, with stories from Henry Kuttner and an introduction by Neil Gaimon.
Reasons why you should read What Mad World by Fredric Brown, if you haven’t already.
A brief synopsis and recommendation of Robert Sheckley AAA Ace stories.
Review of This Is My Funniest, a short story anthology edited by Mike Resnick.
A review of Philip José Farmer’s Venus on the Half Shell before its December reissue.
Thursday Next, the plucky female lead character of The Eyre Affair, is a literary detective in an alternate 1985 England.
If done well, an anthology is like a box of chocolates filled with a variety of delectable confections. Granted, there are bound to be a few flavors you are not partial to, but on the whole, the selection is delightful. When not done so well, you end up with something a little more like Monty Python’s Whizzo Chocolates, getting a mouthful of Crunchy Frog or Cockroach Cluster….
I am not tasked with determining the level of Science Fictionness of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Scide Splitters is far more concerned with whether or not the book makes us laugh – and it does.
Larry Niven has a long history of successful collaborative fiction and The Goliath Stone is no exception. I expect, however, the reception of this novel will be mixed because the authors dared blaspheme one of today’s most sacred cows, but more on that later. Niven’s partner this time is Matthew Joseph Harrington whose work so […]
Horace Walpole, the eighteenth century British writer and politician, once wrote, “The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.” It is a truth that makes writing humorous fiction rather tricky. Not enough emotional attachment and readers will complain that they don’t “care” about the characters. Too much and […]
I was first enticed to read Bill, the Galactic Hero, Harry Harrison’s darkly humorous take on military SF and space opera, by the funny illustration on the cover of the book (see right). I was a teenager, late golden age, and had already learned that covers often made promises they couldn’t keep. I didn’t really […]
WHOOSH… A vaguely familiar sound woke me and I sat up in bed. “What’s that noise?” I asked. “It’s a deadline,” said a translucent Douglas Adams, who for some reason was sitting in a chair drinking tea in my bedroom. “Are you sure?” “I should know,” he said. I dropped back to my pillow and […]
One of the challenges of being a fan of humorous science fiction is finding enough quality material to satisfy the appetite, so it is always a pleasure when I find an older book that I’ve overlooked for one reason or another. I only recently came to realize that The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold and […]
First contact stories are among the most fertile ground for science fiction humor. They make excellent vehicles for looking in the mirror for a good laugh. In his first novel, Shh! It’s a Secret, Daniel Kimmel holds that mirror up to Hollywood in a way that is simultaneously warm-hearted and funny. Having spent over twenty-five […]
Known more for his works of comic fantasy, Tom Holt serves up humorous science fiction in his latest novel, Doughnut. This move toward SF seems to be a growing trend for Holt, although, since the science in this and his other recent SF comedy, Blonde Bombshell, are playfully implausible, it could be argued that he […]
Dark comedy is one of the more perverse pleasures in reading. For starters, you are invariably laughing at great misfortune, very often at events that, if they were not in a comedy, would register a ten on the Richter scale of human tragedy. And if that were not enough to label you a bit of […]