Cosmic Laughter; Science Fiction for the Fun of It

Cosmic Laughter; Science Fiction for the Fun of It
  • Hardcover
  • 189
  • Cosmic Laughter; Science Fiction for the Fun of It
  • Joe Haldeman
  • English
  • 13 February 2019
  • 0030069319

About the Author: Joe Haldeman

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10 thoughts on “Cosmic Laughter; Science Fiction for the Fun of It

  1. Peter says:

    And they say that science fiction can t be funny Joe Haldeman proved them wrong in 1974 with Cosmic Laughter Science Fiction for the Fun of It It was a collection of nine stories by nine very funny authors Unfortunately the book was not a great commercial success It wasn t long before it was out of print, and in those days before the rise of the world wide web and online book searches, it was almost impossible to find a copy outside of a library You wouldn t believe what I had to do to get And they say that science fiction can t be funny Joe Haldeman proved them wrong in 1974 with Cosmic Laughter Science Fiction for the Fun of It It was a collection of nine stories by nine very funny authors Unfortunately the book was not a great commercial success It wasn t long before it was out of print, and in those days before the rise of the world wide web and online book searches, it was almost impossible to find a copy outside of a library You wouldn t believe what I had to do to get my copy.But times change, and Cosmic Laughter eventually came back into print which is good news for all fans of science fiction and humor.Some of the stories have gone on to become quite well known in the SF field Others, unfortunately, have been forgotten But that s a pity, because Haldeman demonstrated a rare sense of humor as a compiler.The stories A Slight Miscalculation by Ben Bova This is, in essence, a great joke worked into the form of a short SF story A scientist discovers that a slight error can have surprising and even earth shaking consequences It s a Bird It s a Plane by Norman Spinrad The title gives the subject away, of course a Man of Steel Or rather, many of them a Superman craze has taken over the world, and it s up to the hero psychiatrist to save the day Possibly the funniest story in the book The Robots Are Here , by Terry Carr A dark story of sorts, quite well written The dialog is particularly clever, and will stay with you Even when I d forgotten the story itself, the laughter simulation of the robot stuck in my head But I have to admit that I don t particularly like downer endings, so this is my least favorite story of the bunch I of Newton by Joe Haldeman Another story which is, at its heart, a really funny joke in this case a pact with the Devil joke, and a very clever one to boot You may find yourself trying to tell it to your friends The Men Who Murdered Mohammed by Alfred Bester A brilliant and funny time travel story, with a unique take on the concept Bester isn t noted for his humor, but here he displays a mastery of it To Serve Man by Damon Knight This is the story which was made famous by The Twilight Zone, of course, and was later parodied on The Simpsons I find it depressing how not , so it s not one of my favorites But then, if you ve already read or seen the punchline and you almost certainly have , the story loses its strongest card the element of surprise The Bomb in the Bathtub , by Thomas N Scortia A light screwball comedy about an intelligent bomb that wants to blow up the universe shades of Dark Star, anyone But this story came first The issue is complicated by the bomb s rather difficult and amusing personality This feels like a series, and a very funny one but I don t know if Scortia wrote anyof it The Black Sorcerer of the Black Castle , by andrew j offut or black offut, as he puts it here How many short stories have their own full page glossary at the end offut created the ultimate parody of the Conan stories, and it swell, how many ways can I say incredibly funny in one review This story is one of my favorites, and if you ve ever read a Conan book, you will re read this story and laughthan once Gallegher Plus by Henry Kuttner At last, a story that was part of a series although unfortunately, a very hard one to find Robots Have No Tails and Proud Robot Kuttner s Galloway Gallagher series of shorts are about a genius inventor who is only a genius when he s drunk When he sobers up, he forgets when, why, what, and how he came up with his inventions and inevitably, trouble is the result Gallagher s short conversation with his stomach has stuck in my mind for decades Gallegher Plus is the longest story in the book, and certainly one of the funniest.I can t really express how funny Kuttner s Gallagher stories are He s not as well remembered now as he should be, and it s a terrible pity that he died so young It just occurred to me that Kuttner s Gallagher is not the only comic SF series protagonist who is a genius inventor in his subconscious, but not in his conscious mind The same is true of Papa Schimmelhorn, the hero of Reginald R Bretnor s Schimmelhorn stories Schimmelhorn File and Schimmelhorn s Gold There are many other funny science fiction writers, come to think of it in retrospect, there could have been a whole series of Cosmic Laughters, featuring the humor of Fredric Brown, Ron Goulart, and Robert Sheckley among others But Cosmic Laughter is an excellent introduction to some of the funniest stories and authors in the fantasy and science fiction genre

  2. Manuel Alfonseca says:

    ENGLISH A compilation of nine science fiction short stories with humorous intent Some aresuccessful than others For me, the best is To serve Man by Damon Knight, famous for having inspired one of the best episodes of the TV series The Twilight Zone In the second place I would put Gallegher Plus , by Henry Kuttner, although the mental confusion of the main character transfers to some extent to the reader, but the robot Narcissus is a nice creation.SPANISH Recopilaci n de nueve his ENGLISH A compilation of nine science fiction short stories with humorous intent Some aresuccessful than others For me, the best is To serve Man by Damon Knight, famous for having inspired one of the best episodes of the TV series The Twilight Zone In the second place I would put Gallegher Plus , by Henry Kuttner, although the mental confusion of the main character transfers to some extent to the reader, but the robot Narcissus is a nice creation.SPANISH Recopilaci n de nueve historias cortas de ciencia ficci n escritas con intenci n humor stica Algunas est n m s logradas que otras Para m , la mejor es Servir al hombre , de Damon Knight, famosa porque inspir uno de los mejores episodios de la serie de televisi n Dimensi n desconocida En segundo lugar pondr a a Gallegher Plus , de Henry Kuttner, aunque la confusi n mental del protagonista se traslada hasta cierto punto al lector Pero el robot Narciso es una estupenda creaci n

  3. Julieta Steyr says:

    O, Cuando Hadelman decidi probar que la ciencia ficci n puede tener humor , claro que es as.Un ligero error de c lculo Ben Bova es un relato medio tedioso que da vueltas sobre el mismo asunto Normal n Es un p jaro, es un avi n Norman Spinrad Un psicoterapeuta no soy la nica que se r e de ellos y S perman varios locos que dicen ser S perman La verdad que no le encuentro la gracia porque el Hombre de Acero me irrita de s lo pensar en l as que, creo que arruin el chiste.Los ro O, Cuando Hadelman decidi probar que la ciencia ficci n puede tener humor , claro que es as.Un ligero error de c lculo Ben Bova es un relato medio tedioso que da vueltas sobre el mismo asunto Normal n Es un p jaro, es un avi n Norman Spinrad Un psicoterapeuta no soy la nica que se r e de ellos y S perman varios locos que dicen ser S perman La verdad que no le encuentro la gracia porque el Hombre de Acero me irrita de s lo pensar en l as que, creo que arruin el chiste.Los robots est n aqu Terry Carr En este encontr uno que me encant , con alicientes temporales, robots, mientras uno se r e de cosas que le suceden a ese pobre hombre culpa de los robots esos en pos de conclu r su proyecto.I de Newton Joe Haldeman Un matem tico que vive a base de anfetaminas para estar despierto, necesita urgentemente una f rmula y se le aparece un demonio Esta es su historia Los hombres que asesinaron a Mahoma Alfred Bester Con ingredientes de saltos temporales, el t tulo explica en parte lo que sucede y todo porque encontr a su mujer enga ndolo Muy divertido.Servir al hombre Damon Knight Una raza alien gena, los Kanamitas, llegan al planeta Tierra, van a la ONU donde uno de los traductores lo conoce Todos conf an en ellos salvo por su compa ero y nada es lo que parece.Una bomba en la ba era Thomas N Scortia Una bomba con un ojo que decide destruir el mejor de los mundos posibles, ste, un investigador de Denuncias Singulares que corre hasta el departamento de Sidney Coleman para encontrarlo y todo lo que sucede all PD Compadezco a qui n haya traducido este relato.El hechicero negro del castillo negro Anbrew J Black Offutt Es en realidad un homenaje a Robert E Howard a quien cita bajo las iniciales R.E.H , un b rbaro, un hechicero y una princesa para ser rescatada Pura espada y hechicer a con humor.Gallegher Plus Henry Kuttner El subconciente de Gallegher se activa bebiendo, se pega unas terribles borracheras, el problema es que como inventor termina sus encargos aunque no tiene ni idea de lo que hace en el camino, c mo funcionan sus inventos y porqu hizo cada cosa Eso lo debe descubrir el Gallagher normal La frutilla de este relato es su robot personal al que terminar llamando Narciso Es excelente y terriblemente original.See, me gusta Hadelman, pero debo agregar a mi lista a Terry Carr, Alfred Bester y Henry Kuttner El libro mejor much simo una vez que se pasan las primeras dos historias

  4. Julio says:

    De calidad desigual V lido para re descubrir otro aspecto de la CF Hay un par de cuentos que descollan, como Servir al Hombre o el tono desopilante de Una Bomba en la Ba era, que recuerda al gran Douglas Adams.

  5. Herman Schmitz says:

    Atualmente esses contos j est o meio sem gra a, salvo por Henry Kuttner que ainda consegue me fazer rir

  6. Ed says:

    808.3 SciFi subtitled SciFi for the fun of it A compilation of 9 humorous short stories written between 1950 and 1974 and most originally appearing in the pulps.

  7. Joaquin says:

    No es una obra maestra pero me ha hecho disfrutar y descubrir autores nuevos muy interesantes

  8. David Sanz says:

    Varias historias de ciencia ficci n, pero que a estas alturas se notan muy a ejas Alguna que otra idea no est mal, pero en general es una recopilaci n rancia.