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

Richard Powell Author Of A Rescue In Time
By Richard Powell

Who am I?

As a child, I became enthralled with both science and history. Also, who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? The chance to combine all three? A dream come true!


I wrote...

A Rescue In Time

By Richard Powell,

Book cover of A Rescue In Time

What is my book about?

While retrieving their treasure cache, a voodoo spell moves the Laffite brothers’ ship and its crew to the Twenty-first Century. They discover the time shift when they seize a tug headed upstream. As they hide out in Twenty-first-century Memphis, the situation becomes desperate. Jean discovers his wife, left behind in the Nineteenth Century, requires a modern medical procedure to save her and her unborn child.

Scientists, voodoo practitioners, and a talking crow aid their quest. While New Orleans Street hustlers and slave catchers throw obstacles in their path. But once they unlock the secret, they must evade U.S. Navy pirate hunters intent on bringing the crew to justice. Can they achieve A Rescue In Time?

The Books I Picked & Why

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams,

Book cover of 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?


Slaughterhouse-Five

By Kurt Vonnegut,

Book cover of Slaughterhouse-Five

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.


Doctor Who

By Steve Cole,

Book cover of 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.


Animal Farm

By George Orwell,

Book cover of 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.


Galaxy Cruise

By Marcus Alexander Hart,

Book cover of 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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