WEFOUNDUnidentified Funny Objects 5 (Unidentified Funny Objects Annual Anthology Series of Humorous SF/F)


Unidentified Funny Objects , the annual showcase of humorous science fiction and fantasy short stories, has returned for a sixth year. I will get straight to the point. In my estimation, UFO6 is the best volume in the series so far (edging out UFO4 as my previous favorite). I base this judgement on the average quality of the stories, the number of times I laughed, and the presence of some real gems. UFO6 achieves this in spite of the abundance of epistolary stories noted by Editor Alex Shvartsman in his forward. But I will come back to that later after we take a look at what you will find in UFO6 .

This year’s selection includes many headliners well known for their sense of humor, while other authors may be new to the reader. Eleven authors have had stories in previous UFO anthologies, and two, Mike Resnick and Jody Lynn Nye, have appeared in all six UFO volumes. Once again, Tomasz Maronski provides the cover art and Barry Munden gives us the interior illustrations.

There are twenty stories in all, with about half being science fiction and the other half fantasy. All of them are original to this anthology.

In two images, available on Google Earth, reflective rectangles up to a mile long can be seen, a tangle of bright white intersecting lines that are clearly visible from space.

In one picture from 2007, a mass of orange blocks have been carefully arranged in a circle. In a more recent image, however, the blocks, each one the size of a shipping container, appear to have been scattered as far as three miles from the original site.

Another image shows an array of metallic squares littered with what appears to be the debris of exploded vehicles while another shows an intricate grid that is some 18 miles long.

Unidentified Funny Objects , the annual showcase of humorous science fiction and fantasy short stories, has returned for a sixth year. I will get straight to the point. In my estimation, UFO6 is the best volume in the series so far (edging out UFO4 as my previous favorite). I base this judgement on the average quality of the stories, the number of times I laughed, and the presence of some real gems. UFO6 achieves this in spite of the abundance of epistolary stories noted by Editor Alex Shvartsman in his forward. But I will come back to that later after we take a look at what you will find in UFO6 .

This year’s selection includes many headliners well known for their sense of humor, while other authors may be new to the reader. Eleven authors have had stories in previous UFO anthologies, and two, Mike Resnick and Jody Lynn Nye, have appeared in all six UFO volumes. Once again, Tomasz Maronski provides the cover art and Barry Munden gives us the interior illustrations.

There are twenty stories in all, with about half being science fiction and the other half fantasy. All of them are original to this anthology.


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