My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When there is talk of humour in Science Fiction, the first name that springs to mind is Slartibartfast. The second name is Douglas Adams. Hitchhiker’s Guide had other memorable characters like Zaphod Beeblebrox, Eccentrica Gallumbits – the triple-breasted whore from Eroticon VI and Marvin the Paranoid Android. No one in recorded history has ever recovered from a hangover brought on after indulging in a couple of Pan-galactic gargle blasters.
On a less flippant note, Terry Pratchett, Piers Anthony (Up Schist Creek, Mini’s Crew with hilarious scatological and erotic content) are other SF writers with funny bone(r)s.
This collection of stories doesn’t achieve the risible levels of the above-mentioned exponents of SF humour but is still worth reading. The novella that turns Einstein and Himmler into magicians in a whimsical alternate universe is the only sour note – it is puerile, to say the least.
Snigger-inducing are the cartoons and the retelling of fairy tales – Sleeping Beauty, for example, is more concerned with her morning breath than Prince Charming’s kiss that will purportedly break her narcotic spell. Santa Claus prefers to give practical instead of childish toys to children ‘who have been good’.
OK for an otiose afternoon.