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Scide Splitters: Charisma +1 – A Convention Etiquette Guide by Jessica...

Are some topics too serious for humor? A lesson in manners has never been this much fun.

Scide Splitters: Brainz, Inc. by Ron Goulart

Scide Splitters examines reader recommend Brainz, Inc. – Ron Goulart’s hilarious and fast paced, SF detective novel.

Scide Splitters: In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh by...

Scide Splitters reviews a story collection by one of science fiction and fantasy’s most prolific authors of short form humorous fiction.

Scide Splitters: The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith

Now largely forgotten, Thorne Smith was possibly the wittiest writer of the fantastic in the 1920s & 1930s.

Scide Splitters: The Great Explosion by Eric Frank Russell

Scide Splitters reviews Eric Frank Russell’s hilarious classic, The Great Explosion – possibly the funniest libertarian science fiction novel ever written.

Scide Splitters: Unidentified Funny Objects 3 edited by Alex Shvartsman

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.

Scide Splitters: The Lunatics of Terra by John Sladek

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.

Scide Splitters: You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess...

Ira Nayman’s novel, a tour de force of rapid fire humor, is the focus of Scide Splitter’s latest review.

Scide Splitters: Antigrav: Cosmic Comedies by SF Masters edited by Philip...

Scide Splitters reviews an anthology from the 1970s featuring some of the most prominent names in SF humor at the time.

Scide Splitters: The Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison

Scide Splitters reviews Harry Harrison’s tale of Hollywood behaving badly with a time machine.

Scide Splitters: Mr. Hawkins’ Humorous Adventures by Edgar Franklin

A look at the Mr. Hawkins' Humorous Adventures stories by Edgar Franklin.

Scide Splitters: The Hogben Chronicles by Henry Kuttner

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.

Scide Splitters: What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown

Reasons why you should read What Mad World by Fredric Brown, if you haven't already.

Scide Splitters: The AAA Ace stories of Robert Sheckley

A brief synopsis and recommendation of Robert Sheckley AAA Ace stories.

Scide Splitters: This is My Funniest, Edited by Mike Resnick

Review of This Is My Funniest, a short story anthology edited by Mike Resnick.

Scide Splitters: Venus on the Half-Shell by Philip José Farmer

A review of Philip José Farmer's Venus on the Half Shell before its December reissue.

Scide Splitters: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Thursday Next, the plucky female lead character of The Eyre Affair, is a literary detective in an alternate 1985 England.

Scide Splitters: Unidentified Funny Objects 2 edited by Alex Shvartsman

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....

Scide Splitters: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe...

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.

Scide Splitters: The Goliath Stone by Larry Niven & Matthew Joseph...

Larry Niven has a long history of successful collaborative fiction and The Goliath Stone is no exception. I expect, however, the reception of this...

Scide Splitters: The Humans by Matt Haig

Horace Walpole, the eighteenth century British writer and politician, once wrote, "The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those...

Scide Splitters: Bill, the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison

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...

The Ghost of Towel Day Yet to Come: A True Story...

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,...

Scide Splitters: The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold & Larry Niven

One of the challenges of being a fan of humorous science fiction is finding enough quality material to satisfy the appetite, so it is...

Scide Splitters: Shh! It’s a Secret by Daniel M. Kimmel

First contact stories are among the most fertile ground for science fiction humor. They make excellent vehicles for looking in the mirror for a...

Scide Splitters: Doughnut by Tom Holt

Known more for his works of comic fantasy, Tom Holt serves up humorous science fiction in his latest novel, Doughnut. This move toward SF...

Scide Splitters: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Dark comedy is one of the more perverse pleasures in reading. For starters, you are invariably laughing at great misfortune, very often at events...