This week’s topic just wasn’t for me, so I decided to make my own. And it is . . .
FUNNY-DISTURBING SPEC FIC BOOK TITLES
I am just going to list book titles which caught my eye. Some are funny. Others are weird. A few are head-scratching. But each and every one of them stuck in my mind. Plus, most also have some damn eye-popping covers. And we all know how much I love to highlight good or bad covers, right? Today is bad cover day!
Science fiction fun from the early 1990s. Some people have labeled it furry scifi porn.
Phil liked to make his protagonists ordinary men or women. Here a ceramicist is the hero. Yeah, a pot head who fixes broken ceramic pots. Bet you thought it was talking about something else, didn’t you?
Very strange book where coin operated sex with robots is the most normal idea in the whole story.
A planet of only women. Men are a myth. When a man actually shows up, the women realize this can’t be one of the wonderful men their myths talk about. Sounds like this old school Y: The Last Man is yet another tale of how love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. I just punned you, Bookstooge. Did you see that? There will be more.
6. Heaven Cent – Piers Anthony
Anthony is a prolific writer whose humor in Xanth took the form of loads and loads of really complicated puns. You know, Puns. Things like “Thanks for explaining the word “many” to me, it means a lot.” That kind of pun. Got you again, Bookstooge.
Time travel and music. It went something like this: The future, the present and the past got together in this story. Things got a little tense. Yeah, another pun. Caught you napping, didn’t I, Bookstooge?
A freak called a Perambulator enters the world, causing weird shifts in the fabric of existence including talking creatures causing trouble. Sounds like Gremlins to me.
An artificial habitat in space with colorful aliens and some strange, naked, robot-like entities. It might suck to be on Cuckoo, but at least, you get a free trip around the sun every year! Pun to you, Bookstooge!
Who knew Playboy published science fiction. Some big name authors in this collection too. People like Ray Bradbury and Frederik Pohl. As expected though, women are portrayed horribly with their legs and chests being the focus. Best part of the book was when a woman phoned a guy and said, “Come on over, there’s nobody home.” When he went, nobody was home. The blog overrunneth with puns, Bookstooge!
The Sharknado of its time the Crabs series (Yeah, there were like eight books.) was filled with steamy sex scenes, grisly crustacean gore and ridiculously corny characters. Plus, you have to admit there are just so many inappropriate puns which come to mind seeing that title/cover combo. Too easy though. I’m gonna pass on this one.
Well, that concludes our very strange and somewhat disturbing look at some memorable title/cover combos in spec fic history. Keep it going by adding one of your own in the comments! Or, you can add a pun. I’m looking at you Bookstooge. 🙂