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Happy humor month!


Timothy O. Goyette

Jeromy Henry, the assistant editor here at QM, often complains that modern literary heroes are really wrung through the ringer: too much depression, too much hopelessness, and way too dark. It is like authors and publishers have all become Russians.

Publishers avoid humor because, “It doesn't sell.” This was confirmed by Alan Dean Foster in our interview with him. He often ends up with some humor in his novels.

Except for “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,” this world view seems to stand. Or could it be that because publishers believe that, they avoid humor so there are not enough options out there for people to pick up on. This would be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Now, I like dark, wretched, despair as much as the next person, but it is a breath of fresh air to have something light. There is a reason that “The Trouble with Tribbles” is the most popular of the original Star Trek series.

For those of you who feel that there is entirely too much fun and frivolity in SciFi and Fantasy and the world in general, you'll want to avoid this month's issue of QM. It will just depress you.

2012-07-19 12:11:45
RossK - Fun editorial, Tim. I love humour in what I read, and some of the fantasy greats (Vance, Lieber, Moorcock) have plenty of overt and covert chuckles laced through their work.

2012-07-11 14:07:03
mark211 - Nice editorial! ... and whenever a publisher says 'we don't do x, y,z' what they are actually saying is 'our rivals aren't doing x, y, z' (the implication being 'and that's why we're not) ... which works up to a point - the point being when one of the rivals publishes Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett etc. JK Rowling, whatever your feelings about that particular series, was told 'we don't do thst kind of fiction' by every publisher except one (the rest, as they say, is history on that particular one)

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