13 Science Fiction Books That Will Tickle Your Funny Bone

    Visions of the future are not all doom and gloom.

    While some science fiction offers terrifying visions of the future, it’s not all foreboding doom and gloom. Some books can be downright hilarious in their parodies of contemporary society and depictions of totally unhinged astronauts. We’re all familiar with Douglas Adams’ classic comedic Hitchhiker’s Guide series, but here are 13 other hilarious books you might not have read yet that will satisfy both your cravings for alternative universes and alien lifeforms, as well as for humor.

     

    To Say Nothing of the Dog

    By Connie Willis

    This Victorian, sci-fi, time-traveler comedy introduces readers to Ned Henry, who must go back in time with a fellow time traveler to stop history from being permanently altered.

    To Say Nothing of the Dog

    By Connie Willis

     

    Year Zero

    By Rob Reid

    An entertainment lawyer is pulled into a universe-spanning copyright infringement case after two aliens inform him that extraterrestrials are utterly obsessed with American pop songs.

    Year Zero

    By Rob Reid

     

    Quozl

    By Alan Foster

    An alien race attempts to settle on a new planet, only to discover it’s already inhabited by a barbarous, violent creature. The planet? Earth.

    Quozl

    By Alan Foster

     

    Redshirts

    By John Scalzi

    There was always that one character, on shows like Star Trek, whose only purpose was to be killed on a dangerous mission. Scalzi hilariously tells the story of one of those expendables.

    Redshirts

    By John Scalzi

     

    Fair Peril

    By Nancy Springer

    A woman living a boring, mundane life finds herself in the middle of a wild adventure after her teenaged daughter runs away with a frog prince.

    Fair Peril

    By Nancy Springer

     

    The Artificial Kid

    By Bruce Sterling

    On a planet where the culture is defined by the entertainment industry, (hey, sounds familiar…) a futuristic WWE-style “Combat Artist” must face his toughest battle yet after dark secrets of his past resurface.

    The Artificial Kid

    By Bruce Sterling

     

    Mention My Name in Atlantis

    By John Jakes

    Jakes presents a ridiculously hilarious vision of what Atlantean society was like before it was lost forever.

    Mention My Name in Atlantis

    By John Jakes

     

    Hogfather

    By Terry Pratchett

    In a parallel Earth-like universe known as Discworld, the “Hogfather,” aka Santa Claus, is abducted, and it’s up to Death to take over his responsibilities.

    Hogfather

    By Terry Pratchett

     

    The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump

    By Harry Turtledove

    A low-level bureaucrat is assigned to monitor a “toxic spell dump” site, in a world in which magic is the main source of energy.

    The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump

    By Harry Turtledove

     

    The Makeshift Rocket

    By Poul Anderson

    In this wacky space epic, an engineer must escape from the clutches of a revolutionary group aboard a spaceship that runs on beer.

    The Makeshift Rocket

    By Poul Anderson

     

    The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

    By Becky Chambers

    A young woman must navigate a cast of wild characters and dangerous missions after she joins the crew of a second-rate, galaxy-exploring spaceship.

    The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

    By Becky Chambers

     

    Dimension of Miracles

    By Robert Sheckley

    A ordinary Earth-dweller is contacted by an alien, who informs him that he’s won the “Galactic Sweepstakes,” and escorts him into another universe.

    Dimension of Miracles

    By Robert Sheckley

     

    Castle Perilous

    By John DeChancie

    The titular castle in this story has 144,000 doors, which open onto various different times and places. Occasionally, one might stumble through one of these doors and become a “Guest” there, as is the case with the book’s protagonists.

    Castle Perilous

    By John DeChancie

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