Unidentified Funny Objects is a collection of short stories, all science fiction or fantasy, that are ridiculous, punny, humorous, and sometimes just plain silly. Back in February or March, I brought you an interview with the editor of Unidentified Funny Objects, Alex Shvartsman. He’s pretty fascinating to read about, so check that out if you get a chance. There is also the read-at-your-own-pace read along going on on Goodreads for this book. Obviously, I got a little sidetracked with life, but now I am back into this book and plan to finish it out with regular read along updates. Alex Shvartsman also has some free short stories of this same ilk up on the UFO website. I have included links to the authors’ websites when I could easily find them.
Go Karts of the Gods by Michael Kurland
The Outer Directed Inner Seeking Yearningness (ODISY) Society has been around since 1982. The aliens are out there and a long commercial tries to convince you to join their society. While a fun idea, I found this a little boring as it contained several nonsensical lines.
My Kingdom for a Horse by Stephen D. Rogers
This tale focused on an used horse dealer. It was cute, clever, and a little too short – as I wanted more.
Moon Landing by Lavie Tidhar
This story took us through the moon landing Buzz Aldrin & Neal Armstrong story we all know. But then it gives us different versions of the landing from a blow job joke, to aliens, to Nazi-occupied Moon. It was cute; odd, but cute.
The Last Dragon Slayer by Chuck Rothman
Hal is a slayer and Catherine is a lady to be rescued. Poor Edwin is the Prince and a toad. Runge is a computer maker who had the best lines throughout the story. This was funny and clever with an unexpected ending.
Venus of Willendorf by Deborah Walker
This was another of my favorites in the collection. Jane wishes to be Venus. She then spends some considerable time as a stone goddess seeking clothing.
Cake from Mars by Marko Kloos
The term ‘whore cake’ really sums up this story. Amos demands a whore cake (yes, sugary confection filled with spangly prostitute) for his 150th birthday. The trouble is that while both of these things are legal on Mars, they are not legal on Earth. Amos’s son, Moses (a vacuum cleaner salesman), must make it happen. This story was funny and clever and I laughed out loud more than once.