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Scide Splitters: The Humans by Matt Haig

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 that feel.” It is a truth that makes writing humorous fiction rather tricky. Not enough emot... Read More »

Scide Splitters: Bill, the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison

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 illustration on the cover of the book (see right).  I was a teenager, late golden age, and had already learned tha... Read More »

The Ghost of Towel Day Yet to Come: A True Story (sort of)

The Ghost of Towel Day Yet to Come: A True Story (sort of)

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,” ... Read More »

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

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 always a pleasure when I find an older book that I’ve overlooked for one reason or another. I only recently came to... Read More »

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

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 good laugh. In his first novel, Shh! It’s a Secret, Daniel Kimmel holds that mirror up to Hollywood in a ... Read More »

Scide Splitters: Doughnut by Tom Holt

Scide Splitters: Doughnut by Tom Holt

Available in bookstores March 5th 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 ... Read More »

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

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 that, if they were not in a comedy, would register a ten on the Richter scale of human tragedy. And if t... Read More »

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