The best science fiction books guaranteed to bring a good belly laugh

Richard Powell Author Of A Rescue In Time
By Richard Powell

The Books I Picked & Why

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Why this book?

Come on. The main character, worried about his home being destroyed to make way for development, discovers the same thing is about to happen to Earth. He escapes on a journey that kept me glued to my seat. The author’s ability to project common anxiety and fears into a global arena fascinates me. All done while making you smile and chuckle. What is not to love?


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Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel

By Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel

Why this book?

As a former psychologist, I dealt with many trauma survivors. His ability to capture Pilgrim’s experience in a fashion sensitive and insightful to the victims. The Dresden bombings reflected in the main character's eyes are both frightening and saddening. Plus he never fails to supply a chuckle to lighten the heart’s load.


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Doctor Who: The Knight, the Fool and the Dead: Time Lord Victorious

By Steve Cole

Doctor Who: The Knight, the Fool and the Dead: Time Lord Victorious

Why this book?

The penultimate time traveler? What is not to love here. A time lord racing through time, saving the world past and present maintaining the status quo in a phone. Adventure, romance all done with a chuckle that will warm the coldest heart. Of course, a steady diet of this might lead one to become a cosplay addict existing from one Comic-con to the next.


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Animal Farm

By George Orwell

Animal Farm

Why this book?

Forced to read this in high school, I grudgingly took up this tome on a Friday night while grounded. The fact that it had been made into a cartoon did not add to its appeal to a teenager, past all this baby-style stuff. 

The tale completely negated both the onerous requirement, while I glanced over my shoulder constantly as I read; fearing my parents might discover my pleasurable escape from their punishment. 

After dozing off as I reached the end, I woke the next morning desperate to seek more books that portrayed important issues in ways that entertained while reaching the mind. A quest continuing into the present.


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Galaxy Cruise: The Maiden Voyage

By Marcus Alexander Hart

Galaxy Cruise: The Maiden Voyage

Why this book?

A karaoke ace saving the world. A premise guaranteed to delight the most jaded soul. This adventure gave me hope. A promise that my time traveling pirates might find a place in this literary universe. A spark that one need be some stuff shirt physicist in order to gather a following of science fiction connoisseurs.  


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