This Is My Funniest Library Binding – Oct 2006
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School—Each story in this collection by 29 contributors is introduced in a note that gives readers some background such as why/when it was written and/or why Resnick chose it for this anthology. Some are send-ups of specific types of writing, such as space opera (Harry Harrison), fantasy/romance crossover (Esther Friesner), academic literary criticism (Connie Willis), and Greek myth (Harry Turtledove). Others are the imagined results of certain situations: LSD in New York City's water supply (written in the mid-'60s by William Tenn), contemporary California girl meets dangerous alien (Robert Silverberg), simultaneous periods and PMS in a village of warrior women (Jody Lynn Nye), an alien on a talk radio show tells certain truths to the human race (Nick DiChario). All are truly funny. Fans will recognize many of the authors listed above and others such as Joe Haldeman, Robert Scheckley, Jane Yolen, Jack McDevitt, and David Gerrold. Despite the humor, this collection will appeal primarily to science fiction readers.—Sandy Freund, Patrick Henry Library, Fairfax County, VA
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The top story in my list is a time travel romance between a husband and wife on their tenth anniversary, titled "Present", by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. It's humorous and horrific both and trust me, this is one premise you won't want to try at home.
Next is "Too Hot to Hoot" by Spider Robinson. It starts with hot sex and a wife nine and a half months pregnant and uses realistic details of their life to find humor, especially with the added twist of an alien.
I think I laughed hardest at "The Soul Selects Her Own Society" by Connie Willis, but then, I fancy myself a poet. An academic paper, this story explains how Emily Dickinson dealt with aliens. Don't forget to read the footnotes.
"A Delightful Comedic Premise" by Barry Malzburg tells the story of a writer seeking work in a series of letters. Several others used similar setups to produce a funny work, including "Usurper Memos" by Josepha Sherman, and "Patent Infringement" by Nancy Kress.
Nick DiCaprio's "Alien Radio" is a delightful spoof of talk radio psychologists, this one by an alien with children. Never forget the children.
In terms of stories I found delightful, "The Lemon Spaghetti-Loud Dynamite-Dribble Day" by William Tenn sent me back to the sixties, "Night of the Cooters" by Howard Waldrop, took me into western land, "The Capo of Darkness" by Laura Resnick, had me amongst mobsters, editor Mike Resnick had me giggling at his basement fairies in "Revolt of the Sugar Plum Fairies" and too many more to highlight.
I rate this anthology five stars because it's a collection worth every penny and it might even make you laugh.
A few of the stories were genuinely funny, but most of them were marginal, and some left me wondering whether parts of the stories had accidently been deleted and no one had noticed. Or perhaps they had fallen into the pile of stories for this book from a pile of stories collected for The Most Pointless Short Stories Ever Published.
Perhaps the humor is in the fact that I bought it... a big practical joke on the science fiction community.
Not something I'd go out of my way to get again.