Sci-fi sometimes gets a bad rap for being the serious cousin of speculative literature, but if you take the time out of your day to really think about the future, it makes sense that all you can really do sometimes is just laugh, look sideways at your peers, and say, “What the f*ck?”
Look, the future is scary. And ridiculous. Don’t even get me started on space. If Groot is the most beloved character in the galaxy, it’s not because he’s a soliloquizing do-gooder. Honestly, all of this is going to be funny in a few centuries, I promise. Hilarious even. Look at the poncy fashion in 16th-century France. And Bjork’s swan dress is going to go down in history as the funniest article of clothing ever created—we just have to wait until 2300 to make sure we get the joke and it’s not “too soon.”
So, to get you through the next nearly 300 years, or just…the next thirty days, here’s a list of the funniest sci-fi comedy books published since the definitive Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Whether you’re looking for sassy aliens or feisty time travelers or even spirited glam rock divas, we’ve got you covered.