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"This book made me laugh so hard milk came out of my nose. Which is weird because I was drinking orange juice. That's how funny Casper Kelly is: his jokes turn orange juice into milk. One of the funniest books I've read in years. Great, now milk is coming out of my nose again. I really have to stop drinking orange juice when I read."

-Charles Yu, author of HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL
UNIVERSE and THIRD CLASS SUPERHERO


"MORE STORIES ABOUT SPACESHIPS AND CANCER is as beautifully giddy, lurid and self-aware as a pre-code EC horror comic, works of art that already felt like Donald Barthelme wrote them. But Casper Kelly pushes that mischievous postmodern spirit into a new place for the otherwise horrible 21st century. This book hits the spot like a good laugh over an open grave."

-Jack Pendarvis, The Believer columnist and author of THE MYSTERIOUS 
SECRET OF THE VALUABLE TREASURE and YOUR BODY IS CHANGING

"Kelly has written something energetic, inventive, entertaining, and hilarious that is yet genuinely concerned and fascinated with what it means to be a human being at this exact moment in time. And that's f***ing awesome."

-Joe Randazzo, editor, The Onion

About the Author

Casper Kelly writes bizarre late-night television primarily for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on shows such as Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, Squidbillies, Stroker & Hoop, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and others. Like, at least three others. His cartoon strip, Fried Society, appeared in alt weekly newspapers across the country and his other creative work has been featured in Wired, Entertainment Weekly, online literary magazines, and various film festivals. He won an Annie. That's a fairly big animation award. Although it's no Emmy or Oscar, don't want to give you that impression. He lives in Atlanta. He is very tall and when people round a corner suddenly and see him they tend to involuntarily exclaim "Gah!". This is his first book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Fried Society Press (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984940707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984940707
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Casper Kelly writes bizarre late-night television primarily for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on shows such as Squidbillies, Stroker & Hoop, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and others. His cartoon strip, Fried Society, appeared in alt weekly newspapers across the country and his other creative work has been featured in Wired, Entertainment Weekly, online literary magazines, and various film festivals. He won an Annie. That's a fairly big animation award. Although it's no Emmy or Oscar, don't want to give you that impression. He acted in a feature film that played at Slamdance. He is very tall and when people round a corner suddenly and see him they tend to involuntarily exclaim "Gah!". He lives in Atlanta.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Rego II on April 19, 2013
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Very entertaining. And creative. Entertainingly creative. Creatively entertaining, too. Lots of interesting wordplay, some almost sexy parts, but not enough spaceships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mergadeth on March 6, 2013
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You have to come into this book realizing it is going to be off the wall and strange at times. But if you like that this book is perfect and is going to make you laugh. I solidly recommend giving it a try.
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By Michael on January 13, 2015
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This book looked intriguing as I searched for new things to read, but when I learned it was by the guy who did TOO MANY COOKS, I had to own it. This book shows that that piece of televised genius was not just a fluke. This book is easily one of my favorites now. It's also not really a collection of short stories, it's a whole piece that should be read as such. If William S. Burroughs and Mark Amerika get to have their collections of unrelated short stories billed as novels, Casper Kelly needs to have his unified work of art billed as such, too. Not entirely tangentially, I've seen mention of the Bizarro genre, but MORE STORIES ABOUT SPACESHIPS AND CANCER is miles above any of the juvenile outpourings of anyone in that field. This book firmly puts Casper Kelly in that group of playful postmodern masters, the likes of Barthelme (as mentioned on the back cover), Barth, Pynchon, Nabokov, Vonnegut, et al. High praise, sure, and maybe he won't ultimately live up to it, but I'd be surprised if that were the case.

Of the contents, I only felt one piece was lesser, and not because it's not good, but because its themes were more successfully explored by two other pieces. Try to avoid finding out anything more than the basics, though, not for plot spoiler reasons so much as to be able to enjoy the playful surprises as they come. It's not a groundbreaking, earth shattering explosion - so few things are. But it does herald the arrival of a major creator, and I'm eager for more of his output. His work with others, like most of his work with [adult swim], is good, but not as strong as his solo efforts to date. I'm hoping MORE STORIES ABOUT SPACESHIPS AND CANCER achieves its writer the success he deserves and the ability to create more.
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More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer is a collection of short stories written by Casper Kelly. Kelly writes for Adult Swim shows on Cartoon Network. He has written for Squidbillies and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, as well as others. I tell you this because that is very much what you get in this collection. It's not often I laugh out loud while reading, but I found myself doing just that many times. Just like Adult Swim, this book is sometimes crude, rude and a bit raunchy but more often than not, very funny. I'm not sure if Kelly is a fan of Douglas Adams but I see many similarities in their humor. It is not all about the humor though. There is some really good story telling here also. Some of my favorite stories are "Frequently Asked Questions" and "An Aspiring Haberdasher."
So, overall I thought this was a fantastic collection and will bring back the lost art of the short story, when they were "vital and talked about and studied and a part of culture and could be said to be important, and cool."(quote from the book) This book was great and I cannot wait to read more from Kelly.

Originally posted on To Read Or Not To Read, May 24, 2012
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By J.K. on June 26, 2012
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More Stories about Spaceships and Cancer is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. I was laughing from the table of contents to the acknowledgements and epilogue, without much of a break in between.

This collection reads at times like a hilarious, more lowbrow Philip K. Dick (and I mean that in the best, most complimentary way possible), and at others like episodes of the Twilight Zone if they had been given the Adult Swim treatment. "Taking a Shit in the Future" and "Large Breasted Ninjas of Altair Seven" were a couple of my favorites, and they're as funny, vulgar, and clever as you might anticipate from the titles. But these stories are also surprisingly poignant and profound, which, since you're sort of blindsided, generates an even bigger impact.

More Stories about Spaceships and Cancer is one of those books that's bound to find a cult following. With all its raunchy humor, sci-fi conceits, campy horror, and postmodern tics, it's the type of book that you can't wait to recommend to certain friends because you know that they'll "get it."
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This book was clearly written about me, the just entering mid-life, video game era schlubb. It's a self discovery of my own awkwardness disguised as dirty jokes, funhouse-mirror television and naughty Penthouse forum letters. I haven't related this closely to a book since I was introduced to Vonnegut, Woody Allen and, hell, let's throw in Ernie Kovacs to make my point more sloppy. These stories are the types of thoughts that float amorphously around in my head and are certainly the things I would have written down if I were clever and talented and a lot less lazy. But Mr. Kelly has done all the hard work for me, letting me sit back, chuckle and nod in agreement at every page.
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By Todd Smarrella on April 10, 2012
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This book is flat out fun - there are, of course, laugh out loud moments and passages that will make you have that rare, extended, satisfied grin. Mr. Kelly has seemed to combine my love of strangeness, comedy and novelty. These storied vary in many aspects, but the common reliance on ideas, and naturally the characters within these worlds and conceits, is just the kind of book I need but seldom find. I think Casper Kelly is right on the cutting edge of what seems to be a new "cerebral" type of comedy getting more popular every day. You will have a wonderful and funny read, but, unlike so many short stories and comedy available, bring you brain along too.
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