So what do folks think about humor in science fiction and fantasy? I’m not talking an occasional funny passage or dialog. I’m talking about a SFF/F comedy. Do you like it? Is it worthwhile? What are your favorite humorous SF/F books?
Here are my thoughts: First off, I’ve read relatively little humorous SF/F novels – the idea just doesn’t appeal to me for some reason. I think that the sense of wonder I crave from sf gets diluted by the humor. The one enjoyable sf book I did read was Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I did not much care for the sequels. I also read Dr. Dimension years ago and remember it falling flat. So, are there any funny sf books out there that would change my mind about humorous SF?
Fantasy is, I believe, a better forum for comedy. There’s no science to get in the way. Magic can be whatever but science has to be rooted in reality to be believable. There’s Pratchett’s Discworld series which, shamefully, I have yet to experience. Are there other fantasy books I should check out?