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Humorous science fiction?

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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Writer
I recently got this anthology 'Unidentified Funny Objects,' and I thought to myself, there isn't that much humor in science fiction overall, is there? (Or, well, most genres.)

So I'm wondering, have you read any funny science fiction novels, ever? I'm racking my brains because it seems weird I can't think of one...but there you have it.

Also, any age range pls. It seems like humor actually flies better for younger audiences, I guess old folks aren't supposed to have fun? :B
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ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What's with the specific bold letters? What does aagagaggaaaaaaaaAaagagaagagaa mean?

On Topic: Red Dwarf's got some comedy spin-off novels, although apparently the one is done serious.

Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy saga also comes to mind, as do the Artemis Fowl books (never read the latter TBH)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Jebas this thread is old :O It was a Scuzzle contest. I've lost the link.

Yeah, I still can't believe I didn't think of H2G2 at all. 'Artemis Fowl' straddles the line, although personally the fantasy elements are stronger. (The tech is more 'ooh he's rich and smart' than 'ooh the future.')
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MatthewNyan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
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jermychriston Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
I too love reading science fiction Humorous books. I read “Doctor Rat” by William Kotzwinkle , this is a trip of a Nazi mad doctor  through his laboratory. I also read “The Physiognomy ” by Jeffrey Ford.”Thraxas” by Martin Scott is a combination of humor and action. The World fantasy Awarding winning books are really amazing to read. I have a list of World fantasy award winning books with my iPhone app.:) (Smile)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks for the recommendations :eager:
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jSchmucker Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like Jasper Fforde's books. They have a very Douglas Addams vibe, yet retain a voice and identity of their own.
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WiffleBall Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi is so goddamned hilarious, it actually kind of pisses me off.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Glad to hear it, I wasn't hugely into 'Redshirts' but I want to try him again.
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WhiskeySalad Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
I absolutely love The Dresden Files because it's science fiction that doesn't take itself too seriously. (Which most books I read happen to be doing nowadays...)
Artemis Fowl is a series I really enjoy too.
And Lies of Locke Lamora? Does that count as science fiction? I smiled so many times when I read that...But the sequel was just cringe-worthy.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Huh, weird P:

Never heard of it, but I'll have to look into it!
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Paivatar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Harry Harrison's the Stainless Steel Rat series is humorous, and actually quite good.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Ooo thanks!
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AidaBenk101 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
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Sayurionee-chan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student General Artist
hehe, first thing I thought!
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dholms Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
man that's a good one.
and i've read a good bit of sci-fi.
alot of the dune books. of course, there's no humor there.
a few of the classics by jules verne and h. g. wells.
some of c. j. cherryh's books might have some 'light' or humorous moments in them.
hmmmm.
can't say i have ever read a funny science fiction novel.
i'm stumped.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Writer
I have Dune, I hear it's punny. It's like halfway down my list of unread books.

Which Verne and Wells are more humorous? None of the ones I've read by them were like that.

Ooo haven't heard of Cherryh, will get on that. Thanks!

Haha, I totally overlooked Douglas Adams, although I'd say Dirk Gently is more sophisticated even if H2G2 has better cheap laughs. But it does seem like it's just him, and then probably more in the stuff aimed at a younger crowd.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm too old and crotchety for you kids and your decoder rings or whatever.

Robert Asprin's "Phule's Company" books are funny sci fi. Good stuff. If you like his Myth Adventures books, you'll like these.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Decoder rings were big in like the 80s, weren't they? That's before my time :P

Ooo I've heard good things about him, never read. Thanks!
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Decoder rings were big in the 40s, dear. That's when they were made of metal. By the 80s, all we had were plastic knockoffs.

Read Asprin. He's awesome.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Pff, things were never made out of metal ;p

I shall!
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I love Asprin.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:thumbsup:
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
A lot of the work of Lois McMaster Bujold is humorous; the Vorkosigan Saga has dark humor in every bit of it.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorkosig... They are very much worth reading; exceptional writing quality and creativity. 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Woo, thanks!
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ShutUpSprinkles Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Artist
What the fuck is going on? It's not even deviantART's birthday yet.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Writer
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013   Writer

I think it's pretty funny that H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds was taken seriously by radio-listeners.

I guess my humor can be rather strange....

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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Writer
 Okay, that was pretty damn funny! We'll have to be strange together :P
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013   Writer
Until we get this open :jarkinajar:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Writer
:lol:
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lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
what's up with the bolded 'a's and 'g's?
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Writer
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lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds hard.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Writer
I've never finished one :B
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lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've never started one, ahah. :eager:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Writer
:lol:
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sTiViA Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
I finished the 2011 one :paranoid: it was for DA's birthday.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Writer
:highfive: nice!
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Scuzzle.
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lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:giggle:
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
And nobody notices it.
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lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:lmao:
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
:lol:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy :B 

Also well I do love Galaxy Quest in regards to other media. 

I think sci-fi is more likely to be serious/non-funny when it's like "look this may seriously become a reality!" and it always feels like it wants to warn of the future, so yeah, not so comedic :meow: And maybe people who write have a different background and humour is just harder to write. I'd do "things" to be able to write humourfully :meow:

:stare: next time with n and a pls 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Writer
Yeah I have no idea how I forgot that :B

I hear that movie is great!

Also scifi used ot have a pretty strong social commentary bent, I think that's part of it? And...humor is hard.

Haha
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Mind slip, it happens to the best :pat:

The movie got Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and Alan Rickman. 'nuff said. (I was almost gonna say "and Eric Bana as villain in costume" but then remembered he is in the actual Star Trek :slow:

Yeah, especially when it gets Utopian/Dystopian :nod: And yes, humour is fucking hard :stare: 


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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Still, it's embarrassing :P

Haha! Yeah, my friends have been recommending it for years.

I think it's not too hard to give the reader at least the occasional chuckle (but I do lean towards humor when I'm not leaning towards murder), but keeping the tone for a whole book is more challenging. And, I think, less expected for adult material, at least as far as laughing out loud goes.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:giggle:

I cannot promise you will like it, but I really do enjoy it. Oh and the "Hi, I'm a Mac" guy is in it, too. It's just a great take on the sci-fi genre including the fandom around it. There is just so much truth in it :nod: Lot of "funny cos it's true" :XD:

Yeah, I guess you can do it from time to time. It may even be easier if you let characters make those jokes when they speak, cos it is occasional then. But yeah, writing humorous in the non-speech parts (is there a name for that?) throughout a whole book must be really hard. And some genres make it harder I guess, cos they are so freaking serious. There is of course also unintended hilarity, like in LotR :P I laughed a lot at it, cos it was so ridiculous at times, when the characters went all serious :B 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Writer
All my friends love it so should be good, also I liked Tim Allen back in the day :P 'Home Improvement' was one of like three shows I was allowed to watch.

hmm...body humor? Hahaha, yeah, Tolkien's a bit stodgy for modern day audiences I think (and probably even the 60s), also too many easy inappropriate jokes....

Personally Christopher Moore does it quite well, a lot of it is down to having the right voice. Terry Pratchett too.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Haha omg I used to watch that show :stare: 

Possible to call it that :shrug: I know there was "drama" with the German LotR translations, they were edited couple of years before the movies came out and they had changed the way Sam called Frodo. From Master to Mister or something, not sure, but even the new word was ridiculous :XD:

Ah yeah I have one book my him, but then someone told me it was the "wrong" one and I should start with another one. Something with a Fool and the tower of London :B
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