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In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh


A popular subcategory of both Science Fiction and Fantasy for many years has been the “Humorous SF” and “Humorous Fantasy”. This can range from broad farce and slapstick, to parodies, to strong humorous elements in otherwise serious plots. Whether you enjoy the pun-filled misadventures in Piers Anthony’s Xanth stories or Robert Asprin’s Myth Adventures, the riotous action parodies of Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series, the incredibly witty contemporary fantasies of Peter David or Tom Holt, the long-running Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, or just want to try a light-hearted one-shot novel, you’re bound to find something in this list that will tickle your futuristic funnybone!

Some of the following novels are “stand alones”, but many are entries in popular series. In the cases of stand-alone novels, individual titles are in alphabetical order following the author’s name. In the case of series, the novels are arranged in “series order” following the name of the series. We’ve included a number of titles in this list which are not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. These appear here for the sake of providing complete series listings, or to identify classic humorous SF or Fantasy series or novels which may be out-of-print. All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Adams, Douglas

hhggThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy [series]The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe, and Everything
So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish!
Mostly Harmless
The Salmon of Doubt
Don’t Panic!: The Official HHGG Companion by Neil Gaiman
(series continued with And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer, after Adams’ passing)
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency [series]Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
The Salmon of Doubt

Aldiss, Brian

The Eighty-Minute Hour: A Space Opera

Anderson, Poul

The High Crusade

Anthony, Piers

prosthoplusBut What of Earth? A Novel Rendered Into a Bad Example
Prostho Plus
The Magic of Xanth [series]A Spell for Chameleon
The Source of Magic
Castle Roogna
Centaur Aisle
Ogre, Ogre
Night Mare
Dragon on a Pedestal
Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn
Golem in the Gears
Vale of the Vole
Heaven Cent
spellforchameleonMan From Mundania
Isle of View
Question Quest
The Color of her Panties
Demons Don’t Dream
Harpy Thyme
Geis of the Gargoyle
Roc and a Hard Place
Yon Ill Wind
Faun & Games
Zombie Lover
Xone of Contention
The Dastard
Swell Foop
visualguidetoxanthUp in a Heaval
Cube Route
Currant Events
Pet Peeve
Stork Naked
Air Apparent
Two to the Fifth
Jumper Cable
Knot Gneiss
Well-Tempered Clavicle
Luck of the Draw
Esrever Doom
Board Stiff
Five Portraits
Isis Orb
Piers Anthony’s Visual Guide to Xanth

Asprin, Robert

The Cold Cash War
mythingpersonsThe Myth Adventures [series]Another Fine Myth
Myth Conceptions
Myth Directions
Hit or Myth
Myth-ing Persons
Little Myth Marker
M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link
Myth-nomers and Im-pervections
M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action
Sweet Myth-tery of Life
Myth-ION Improbable
Something M.Y.T.H. Inc.
phulemetwicePhule’s Company [series]Phule’s Company
Phule’s Paradise
A Phule and His Money
Phule Me Twice
No Phule Like an Old Phule
Phule’s Errand

Ball, Margaret


boredoftheringsBeard, Henry N.

Bored of the Rings

Bester, Alfred

virtualunrealitiesVirtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
  [story: “The Men Who Murdered Mohammed”]

Bishop, Michael

The Secret Ascension: Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas

piratesoftheuniverseBisson, Terry

Voyage to the Red Planet
Pirates of the Universe

Blaylock, James

Digging Leviathan

Boucher, Anthony

The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories

Bowman, David

Bunny Modern

magickingdomsoldBrooks, Terry

Magic Kingdom of Landover [series]Magic Kingdom for Sale — Sold!
The Black Unicorn
Wizard at Large
The Tangle Box
Witches’ Brew
A Princess of Landover

Brown, Fredric

The Best of Fredric Brown
From These Ashes
Martians Go Home!
Paradox Lost

Clarke, Arthur C.

Tales From the White Hart

Cook, Glen

Garrett, P.I. [series]Sweet Silver Blues
Bitter Gold Hearts
Cold Copper Tears
Old Tin Sorrows
Dread Brass Shadows
Red Iron Nights
Deadly Quicksilver Lies
Petty Pewter Gods
Faded Steel Heat
Angry Lead Skies
Whispering Nickel Idols
Cruel Zinc Melodies
Gilded Latten Bones
Wicked Bronze Ambition

David, Peter

Howling Mad
siraproposSir Apropos of Nothing [series]Sir Apropos of Nothing
The Woad to Wuin
Tong Lashing
Arthurian novels [series]Knight Life
One Knight Only
Fall of Knight

de Camp, L. Sprague
  w/ Fletcher Platt
  or w/ Christopher Stasheff

The Incomplete Enchanter [series]The Incomplete Enchanter
The Castle of Iron
Wall of Serpents
Sir Harold and the Gnome King
The Enchanter Reborn
The Exotic Enchanter 

Denton, Bradley

Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede

divineinvasionDick, Philip K.

Clans of the Alphane Moon
The Divine Invasion
Eye in the Sky

Dickson, Gordon
 & Anderson, Poul

The Dilbia books [series]Spacial Delivery
Naked to the Stars
hokaspokasThe Hoka books [series]Earthman’s Burden
Star Prince Charlie
Hoka!  filed under: Anderson, Poul
Hokas Pokas!  filed under: Anderson, Poul

Dunsany, Lord

Jorkens Remembers Africa

Edghill, Rosemary

The Warslayer

Foster, Alan Dean


Friesner, Esther

The Chick is in the Mail
Hooray for Hellywood

Gaiman, Neil
 & Pratchett, Terry

Good Omens

Gardner, Craig Shaw

The Cineverse Cycle [trilogy]Slaves of the Volcano God
Bride of the Slime Monster
Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies
Ebenezum Trilogy [series]A Malady of Magicks
A Multitude of Monsters
A Night in the Netherhells

Gentle, Mary


Goulart, Ron

What’s Become of Screwloose? and Other Inquiries
Broke Down Engine and Other Troubles With Machines
Nutzenbolts and More Troubles With Machines
Skyrocket Steele Conquers the Universe and Other Media Tales
Odd Job No. 101 and Other Future Crimes and Intrigues
Calling Dr. Patchwork
Big Bang
Brainz, Inc.
The Chameleon Corps [series]The Sword Swallower
The Fire Eater
Death Cell
The Chameleon Corps and Other Shape Changers
Shaggy Planet
Spacehawk, Inc.
A Whiff of Madness
The Wicked Cyborg
Daredevils, Ltd.
Starpirate’s Brain
Everybody Comes to Cosmos
Star Hawk [series]Empire 99
The Cyborg King

Harrison, Harry

Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers
billthegalacticheroBill the Galactic Hero [series]Bill the Galactic Hero
Planet of the Robot Slaves
Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Robot Slaves
Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Bottled Brains
Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Zombie Vampires
Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Ten Thousand Bars
Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Tasteless Pleasures
The Final Incoherent Adventure
stainlessteelrathellThe Stainless Steel Rat [series]The Stainless Steel Rat
The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge
The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World
The Stainless Steel Rat for President
A Stainless Steel Rat is Born
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted
The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!
The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues
The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell
The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus

Heinlein, Robert A.

Glory Road
Magic Inc.

expectingsomeonetallerHolt, Tom

Expecting Someone Taller
Flying Dutch
Who’s Afraid of Beowulf?
Ye Gods!

Hughart, Barry

Master Li [series]Bridge of Birds
The Story of the Stone
Eight Skilled Gentlemen
The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox

roadtomarsIdle, Eric

The Road to Mars: A Postmodern Novel

Jones, Terry

Douglas Adams’ Starship Titanic

Kessel, John

Good News From Outer Space
Corrupting Dr. Nice

robotshavenotailsKuttner, Henry
 pseud: Lewis Padgett

The Best of Henry Kuttner
The Galloway Gallegher books [series]Robots Have No Tails
Tomorrow & Tomorrow
The Fairy Chessmen

Lafferty, R.A.

Does Anyone Else Have Something Further to Add?

Laumer, Keith

retiefRetief [series]Envoy to New Worlds
Galactic Diplomat
Retief’s War
Retief and the Warlords
Retief: Ambassador to Space
Retief of the CDT
Retief’s Ransom
Retief: Emissary to the Stars
Retief at Large
Retief Unbound
Retief: Diplomat at Arms
Retief to the Rescue
The Return of Retief
Retief in the Ruins
Reward for Retief

Leiber, Fritz

swordsagainstdeathFafhrd and the Gray Mouser [series]Swords and Deviltry
Swords Against Death
Swords in the Mist
Swords Against Wizardry
The Swords of Lankhmar
Swords and Ice Magic
The Knight and Knave of Swords

Lem, Stanislaw

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age
Imaginary Magnitude
Peace on Earth

bimbosofthedeathsunMcCrumb, Sharyn

Bimbos of the Death Sun
Zombies of the Gene Pool

Moorcock, Michael

The Dancers at the End of Time [series]An Alien Heat
The Hollow Lands
The End of All Songs
Legends From the End of Time
A Messiah at the End of the Time
A Cure for Cancer

Morrow, James

This is the Way the World Ends

Pohl, Frederick
 and Kornbluth, C.M.

The Space Merchants

Pratchett, Terry

colorofmagicDiscworld [series]The Colour of Magic
The Light Fantastic
Equal Rites
Wyrd Sisters
Guards! Guards!
Faust Eric
Moving Pictures
Reaper Man
Witches Abroad
Small Gods
Lords and Ladies
Men at Arms
Soul Music
Interesting Times
goingpostalFeet of Clay
The Last Continent
Carpe Jugulum
The Fifth Elephant
The Truth
Thief of Time
The Last Hero
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Night Watch
The Wee Free Men
Monstrous Regiment
A Hat Full of Sky
Going Postal
Making Money
Unseen Academicals
Raising Steam
The Shepherd’s Crown

Rankin, Robert

The Fandom of the Operator [book-on-CD only]Nostradamus Ate My Hamster [book-on-CD only]

Reed, Kit

The Revenge of the Senior Citizens Plus: A Short Story Collection

Resnick, Mike

Will the Last Person to Leave the Planet Please Shut Off the Sun?

Robinson, Spider

callahanchroniclesCallahan’s Crosstime Saloon [series]Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon
Time Travelers Strictly Cash
Callahan’s Secret
Callahan’s Lady
Lady Slings the Booze
The Callahan Touch
Callahan’s Legacy
Callahan’s Key
Callahan’s Con

Russell, Eric Frank


Shaw, Bob

Cosmic Kaleidoscope

godshomeSheckley, Robert  [see also Zelazny, Roger and Sheckley, Robert]

Dramocles: An Intergalactic Soap Opera
Is That What People Do?

Sladek, John

The Lunatics of Terra
Roderick: The Education of a Young Machine

Smith, Dean Wesley

MIBgreensalivaMen in Black [series]The Green Saliva Blues
The Grazer Conspiracy

Smith, Thorne

Topper Takes a Trip

Spinrad, Norman

The Iron Dream

Stasheff, Christopher

Escape Velocity
spellboundscholarThe Warlock of Gramarye [series]The Warlock in Spite of Himself
King Kobold (a.k.a. King Kobold Revived)
The Warlock Unlocked
The Warlock Enraged
The Warlock Wandering
The Warlock is Missing
The Warlock Heretical
The Warlock’s Companion
The Warlock Insane
The Warlock Rock
Warlock and Son
The Warlock’s Last Ride
Warlock’s Heirs [series]M’Lady Witch
Quicksilver’s Knight
The Spell-Bound Scholar
Here Be Monsters
The Rogue Wizard [series]A Wizard in Absentia
A Wizard in Mind
A Wizard in Bedlam
A Wizard in War
A Wizard in Peace
A Wizard in Chaos
A Wizard in Midgard
A Wizard and a Warlord
A Wizard in the Way
A Wizard in a Feud
mysonthewizardWizard in Rhyme [series]Her Majesty’s Wizard
The Oathbound Wizard
The Witch Doctor
The Secular Wizard
My Son, the Wizard
The Haunted Wizard
The Crusading Wizard
The Feline Wizard
companyofstarsStarship Troupers [series]A Company of Stars
We Open on Venus
A Slight Detour

Stephenson, Neal

Snow Crash

connecticutyankeeTwain, Mark

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
[The library owns numerous different editions of this title]

Vance, Jack

dyingearthTales of the Dying Earth

sirensoftitanVonnegut, Kurt

Cat’s Cradle
The Sirens of Titan
Slaughterhouse Five

goinghomeagainWaldrop, Howard

All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past
Going Home Again
Howard Who?

Watt-Evans, Lawrence
  and Friesner, Esther

Split Heirs

Wells, H.G.

Best Science Fiction Stories of H.G. Wells
  [story: “The Truth About Pyecraft”]

tomorrowscrimesWestlake, Donald

Tomorrow’s Crimes

Williams, Walter Jon

  [story: “The Bob Dylan Solution”]Drake Maijstral novels [series]The Crown Jewels
House of Shards
Rock of Ages

tosaynothingofthedogWillis, Connie

To Say Nothing of the Dog

headofprincecharmingZelazny, Roger
 and Sheckley, Robert

Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming
A Farce to Be Reckoned With
If at Faust You Don’t Succeed

And a few anthologies in our collection…

813.08 Ash — The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy
813.08 Sch — Analog’s Lighter Side, Vol. 4
817 Asi — Laughing Space: Funny Science Fiction

Printed List June 2000 bwc | Updated for the Web December 2004 sdc / Last updated August 2016 sdc