This week Steve comments at length on a convention he missed most of. He hopes to obfuscate that fact with verbiage.
The publication of YOSS’ satirical novel Super Extra Grande, a call for a new anthology of speculative fiction, and more.
With a penchant for literary wit, author Ira Nayman shows readers why The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There.
Scides Splitters finds much to like in BBC America’s hectic and bizarre adaptation of Douglas Adams’ classic Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
I told my psychiatrist everyone hates humorous SF. He said I was being ridiculous; everyone hasn’t read humorous SF…
Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja is a farcical adventure where the absurdity of reality becomes the template for the human condition and only our hero sees the silliness of it all.
Fans had been waiting for the third Dirk Gently novel for over a decade when Douglas Adams passed away with the novel still unfinished. All we have are precious fragments of what might have been.
A review of Jorge Valentin Miño’s short story collection Today is Another Day
Ballantyne’s plotting is stunningly impressive, the story unfolding with clarity, precision and a powerful imaginative vision
Don’t be scared: the new year is HERE!
Scide Splitters reviews a story collection by one of science fiction and fantasy’s most prolific authors of short form humorous fiction.
Do you remember a very famous quote from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker Guide of the Galaxy about dimensions in space? “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts […]
Science fiction has inspired plenty of mockery over the years. I’m sure we’ve all seen countless sketches parodying Star Trek, for example. But real science fiction comedy – comedy that takes an SF premise and mines it for laughs – is hardly ever seen on screen or, indeed, on radio.
An updated review of a seminal and influential anthology – The Space Opera Renaissance
Thursday Next, the plucky female lead character of The Eyre Affair, is a literary detective in an alternate 1985 England.
Back in 1978, a young comedy sketch writer sent a script to the BBC’s flagship SF show, Doctor Who. Far from setting hearts fluttering with excitement, its demands for special effects such as time sinks, flying cars and planets that devoured other worlds caused frustrated executives to scream in horror. However, script editor Anthony Root […]
Hello and welcome to what will be an occasional feature on my blog! So – what, exactly, do I mean by ‘unknown or underappreciated’? To put it simply – not everyone is a Kevin J. Anderson or David Weber or Eric Flint or Robert Heinlein. Some authors – I would venture to say, MOST authors […]
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 […]
NOTE: This week’s essay is actually an adapted form of an essay from December 18, 2012 that was originally published at The King of Elfland’s 2nd Cousin. Some changes, however, have been made from the original. For as long as I can remember, I have been in awe of literary satirists from Lucian of Samosata, […]
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (itself spread across five books with a six written by Eoin Colfer), with its friendly, green warning against panic, casts a huge shadow over the field of humorous speculative fiction. Though it is far from the only explicitly comedic science fiction (and far from the first), it […]
Hello, folks! Now that I’m back on my feet, I find that April’s here. A few days ago was April 1st, also known as April Fool’s Day. And while I may not be clever enough to come up with fun jokes for April Fool’s Day, I can at least appreciate the humor. There’s something about […]
Thanks to the exciting reach the internet brings us authors and fans of literature are connecting in ways never seen before. What once was relegated to a letter sent across the ocean in the vain hope that it would be read, let alone replied to, is now done in under 140 characters almost instantaneously. The […]