John B.R.M. Scalzi, science fiction legend, up to 147-time Hugo nominee, several time SFWA president, world-adventuring gender-neutral alpha male, charming raconteur, and prominent not-rapist has long been dogged by baseless accusations of being a man who likes to force himself on women. Now at last, the great grand master of SFF breaks his long self-imposed silence, and speaks in his own defense.
“Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches: 1900-1904” collects more than 55 pieces — short stories, poems, newspaper clippings, and cartoons — published during the opening years of Conan Doyle’s literary career. Included are works by Mark Twain, P.G. Wodehouse, and Bret Harte. Also included are many of the original illustrations and more than 200 footnotes.
Karen Ebergrimm and twenty-three other kids throw pies at each other’s faces in an “arena,” in order to determine who will win Dessert Privilege in the Panem school system. Karen has volunteered for the Dessert Games for her sister Primmy. Karen doesn’t know what to think about Poofa Meadowlark, who’s also in the Dessert Games and also from School Zone Twelve, who tells Karen that he loves her.
What would the story of "Snow White" be like if the princess was an idiot, the evil queen was completely incompetent, and the dwarves, instead of being happy and silly, were instead super gross and mean? The answer: "Lily White and the Horrible Dwarves," a comedy short story that is so awesome you'll have to read it to believe it. (Brought to you by the famed Dweezel and Pallie.)
Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy all a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, a faulty television receiver can still lead to argument and cause them to examine their marriage. This parody piece is a mundane short story of 4100 words, written in the style of science fiction's "golden age".
“A Day at the Park” is a picture book for grown-up kids. Your local park will never seem quite the same after reading this twisted little debut by Lucas Di Quinzio.
“If you liked ‘Go the F**k to Sleep’, you will love ‘A Day at the Park’.” – Euan Mitchell.
“Leaves you feeling oddly proud of your ability to keep your pants on in public.” – Tim Richards.
(from Shylock Hapless and the Case of the Missing Piglets)
My dear Hapless,
I am obliged to write to you by an unfortunate, indeed I may say painful, occurrence.
The piglets are disappearing.
As you will recall, my piglets are free to roam during the day, under the supervision of my trusty swineherd who is alerted by their grunting should a wrongdoer hove into view.
In this alternate Alice in Wonderland, a boy named Alex escapes his drunken Step-Father by entering the ridiculous, nonsensical land of Hunterland, filled with snowshoe hares, Indians, barbed wire and dirt roads.