Three Books to Read if You Like Your Science Fiction Funny

BookendsLynn: I love science fiction of all kinds, from tales of first contact to space opera, from time travel to steampunk, even hard and apocalyptic sf. But I especially love humorous sf! In fact, my introduction to the whole genre came in the form of a very funny book my father handed me when I was 10: Eric Frank Russell’s Wasp (1957). I was hooked, and I still love it when sf delivers a laugh. Here are three special favorites of mine. Give one to a kid and you, too, may create a lifelong fan!

Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis GillBlack Hole Sunby David Macinnis Gill

Packed with snappy dialog, nonstop action, and more twists and turns than the campaign trail, you’d be a carking dalit if you missed this one!

A Confusion of Princes by Garth NixA Confusion of Princes, by Garth Nix

A spoiled brat of a prince discovers what it really means to turn 16 and become an official candidate for Emperor. This one is laugh-out-loud funny but also a total page-turner full of intrigue, double-dealing, and suspense.

Space Case by Stuart GibbsSpace Case, by Stuart Gibbs

Murder on the moon, space toilets, and a snarky narrator make this a winner with middle-schoolers.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1.' Patricia says:

    Of those three, I only read Space Case and found it fascinating. Will definitely give the other two a try! I also have read and enjoyed Redshirts by John Scalzi and To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, which are pretty popular in the comic Sci-Fi genre.

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