The Funniest Sci-Fi Books That Prove You Don't Have To Take Aliens and Robots That Seriously
January 8, 2018|Sara Araujo
Because sci-fi books are not always about serious galactic battles and complicated politics.
I must confess I’m a huge sci-fi fan. The genre gives us the opportunity to create infinite places and stories that defy what we know about the world. I find these kinds of stories very entertaining because they challenge my knowledge through imagination and take my mind to galaxies far away from this one. When it comes to sci-fi literature, I get that not everybody enjoys it as much as I do, and I understand that sometimes these stories can be very complex or too dramatic for casual readers. But let me tell you: not all sci-fi books are that intense. As a matter of fact, in this genre I have found the most hilarious and nonsensical tales I’ve ever read. So, because nobody should think of robots, aliens, and spaceships as boring topics to read about, here are some of the funniest sci-fi books I’ve found over the years that I recommend.
Colony by Rob Grant (2000)
A long time ago, the Willflower set out on a mission to colonize the stars. But by the 10th generation of colonizers on board, things get complicated, and now they are all in danger. The only man who can save the ship is astrophysicist Piers Morton. The only problem is that he's not an astrophysical engineer, a doctor, or even Piers Morton, for that matter. What’s worse, all that remains of his body is his head, his spinal column, and that’s pretty much it. And on top of that, someone on the ship is going after what’s left of him. It's the classic sci-fi and action formula (with a little suspense) in a story full of dark humor that you can’t miss.
Where Were You Last Pluterday? by Paul van Herck (1968)
I think that, in this case, the title alone is enough to give you an idea of how weird this book gets. In the future, a new socioeconomic system allows people to save time in different ways and keep it. People can save so much time, that they can get an extra day of the week (if only… ) called Pluterday. Clearly, this perk is only for people with money who are able to splurge on time-saving activities. When a poor boy meets the perfect girl for him, she tells him to meet her on Pluterday. Unfortunately, he can’t afford to save so much time, but that won’t stop him from meeting up with the girl of his dreams. This satirical narration will make you wonder what would happen if you had another day to spare in exchange for half your paycheck.
This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong (2012)
As a diagnosed arachnophobic, I cringed with this book just by looking at the cover. And yes, creepy doesn’t even start to describe what you’re about to read. In this story, there’s a lethal drug called Soy Sauce that makes invisible spiders grow in people’s heads. You can't feel the spider because it controls your nerve endings. You can't see it because it decides what you see. You won't even feel it when it breeds, and it will breed. So, what happens when your family, friends, and neighbors all get mind-controlling skull spiders? You're about to find out. With some very dark humor and a fresh touch of sci-fi horror, this book will really test your limits.
Year Zero By Rob Reid (2012)
It turns out that people are the only species in the universe with genuine musical talent. (Who would’ve thought… ?) When anthropologists from the intergalactic Refined League discover human music in 1977, the sounds completely revolutionize their society to the point that 1977 becomes “Year Zero” in their new calendar, and quintillions (that’s a lot!) of Refined citizens spend decades obsessively listening to human pop music. Little do they know that the human law about file sharing establishes that the fine for illicit copies of songs is up to $150,000 USD per individual copy of a song, which adds up to "three trillion yottadollars." The Refined are now stuck with two options: bankrupt the entire universe or wipe out the human race.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
Seconds before Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Together, this very particular duo set out on a journey through space, accompanied by a bunch of fellow travelers, which include Marvin, a brilliant but chronically depressed robot, and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years. I won’t tell you about this book anymore because it is, in my opinion, the best example of sci-fi comedy. So, go and get it, and find out the rest of the story yourself.
So, why not treat yourself with some new reads? I can assure you that any of these books will make you have a laugh or two!
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