It’s a great time to be a nerd. Being a longtime fan of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, I have been delighted to see a revival in comedic sci-fi and fantasy. There is something timeless about alien fart jokes, one-liners and geek-culture references. Here are a few I have recently discovered:
The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi
John Scalzi’s Adroid’s Dream revolves around alien politics, religion and sheep. I laughed so hard during the opening scene I almost peed my pants (a result of the gratuitous alien fart jokes). The book is set in a future where aliens and humans share the Earth, with some outer space action thrown into the mix. The protagonist of the book is instantly lovable, a jaded, highly intelligent, ex-military man with amazing computer engineering skills. There are equally despicable baddies and many who just get caught in the crossfire. Lots of action and fun.
I have also purchased Scalzi’s Redshirts which is billed as a Star Trek type comedy. I can’t wait to read it.
Dennis E. Taylor’s Bobiverse Series
The Bobiverse is a more subtle form of comedic sci-fi but I have included it because of the abundance of one-liners and geek-culture references. Also, the two books in this series so far have been amazing so I had to mention it.
The book revolves around the idea of true AI and sentience in computers and use in space explorations. The books follow the adventures of ‘Bob’ a space exploring probe that is ‘humanity’s last hope’. I really love all the space talk in these books, hearing the different star systems described, a bit of a Star Trek ‘Go where no man has gone before’ feel. The tech that pops up in this one is top notch: nanobots, terra-forming, virtual reality, Dyson spheres, etc. I can’t say too much about this one without spoiling it, so just read it. YOU WILL LOVE THE BOB.
Scott Meyer’s Magic 2.0 Series
There is nothing out there like Scott Meyer’s Magic 2.0 Series, fantasy as I have never experience it before. The action centers around contemporary characters that create ‘magic’ effects through computer programming and use their newfound abilities to time travel to medieval England. The characters are exceedingly bumbling and flawed which creates instant hilarity. Lots of nerdy pop-culture references and one-liners in this one.