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.
House of HaHa – an awesome home for geeky, t-shirty fun!
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.
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 […]
Classic works of science fiction can be timeless for many fans, but they will not always translate well with modern fandom. Issues include implausible science, obsolete predictions or an unfamiliar writing style. I saw some of this when I read The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip […]
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 […]
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, […]
Last week, we talked about how every piece of humorous speculative fiction inevitably gets compared to Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But as I outlined, Adams’ comedy of the absurd operates very differently from the vast majority of humorous speculative fiction out there. Most funny speculative fiction squarely operates within the realm […]
Just kidding! Putin didn’t really ride that meteor! But it was an uneasy thing to watch, and it prompted uneasier thoughts about other things that fall, and why I crave stories with endings.
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 […]