This Is My Funniest 2: Leading Science Fiction Writers Present Their Funniest Stories Ever edited by Mike Resnick
(BenBella Books, 2007, 410 pages)
I wanted to read something light and this title caught my eye. It’s a collection of 29 short stories by writers of science fiction. Don’t be fooled by the title 🙂 Only a couple of stories are funny. Some stories were good but not funny. A few stories were too dull for me to finish reading. I was expecting many laugh-out-loud moments. Ok, it’s not a total waste of time. One of the stories is not a story at all but it’s smart and super funny. It’s titled “How to Write a Scientific Paper” by Greg Benford. Benford is a physicist at the University of California Irvine who writes science fiction in his spare time. This story has the standard format of a scientific paper. Here’s the “Acknowledgements” part. Enjoy!
Another important ego-feeding ground. Thank the big names in your field, even if your sole contact with them was schlepping coffee at a conference three years ago. The list should be lavish, implying close connections with all the movers and shakers. Avoid mentioning dead people; they can do you no more good, and their rivals are still around. If space permits, include those who actually helped you.