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lighthearted sci-fi without major character deaths or angst

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Posted on Jul 6, 2012 7:18:31 AM PDT
Simon Haynes says:
"Anything Star Trek"

Unless the crew are wearing red shirts ...

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 9:47:56 AM PDT
Linda King says:
You may enjoy Invitations from Afar, a new near future novel about a NASA mission. The "in-depth characterizations made me care about their perils in this space journey filled with mystery, intrigue, odious villians, and love stories." "Fast paced with many surprising turns behind the mystery." Invitations From Afar: A Need to Know Also in e-book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012 11:44:58 AM PDT
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Mary Fan says:
Hollow Moon by Steph Bennion is a fun YA space adventure with lots of witty humor in addition to mystery and intrigue. And the universe it takes place in (a future in which humans have spread out across several star systems) is very well-developed. No angst, no good guy deaths. It's about a group of teenagers on their way to an interstellar band competition who inadvertently stumble into the kidnapping of a young prince.

Shadow of the Wraith (NEXUS) by Ross Harrison is another good one. Again - lots of humor interspersed with the page-turning plot (kept me up all night). This one's a grown-up space opera about a bounty hunter on a mission to find a ghost ship that has the nasty habit of popping out of nowhere and blowing things up.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 3:19:12 PM PDT
I had a riotous good time reading Panoptica recently. The author is Patrick Hudson. There isn't anything too melodramatic in this story. It is an excellent spoof on an extension of our current culture. It was extremely clever. I highly recommend it.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 9:06:43 PM PDT
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D. Politis says:
I am currently reading the Sector General hospital books and they are perfect. Great, witty dialogue that is very funny and happy endings galore. Alien doctors, alien patients, alien problems, it's awesome. I highly recommend these books.

Book 1 is available along with the other beginning novels in the series as an omnibus edition in paperback or Kindle titled Beginning Operations. Beginning Operations (Sector General) I keep laughing out loud.

Edited to add: Thank you to the person on this thread who recommended them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 6:41:30 AM PDT
Rak says:
I suggest "The Horny Paradigm: A Detective Story" by Robert Kaiser. Although the book is not strictly science fiction, it does include an advanced cold fusion concept as the main product sought after by the entrepreneurs involved. It's basically a spoof of Bogart/Mitchum/Spillaine tales of the past.

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Posted on Jul 24, 2012 7:24:59 PM PDT
An author you might really enjoy is Mark A. Rayner. He specializes in lighthearted and humorous science fiction, and his books are actually entertaining. I've read three of his books and loved them all. Try "The Amadeus Net," "Pirate Therapy and Other Cures," or "Marvellous Hairy."

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2012 3:12:20 AM PDT
Joel Gray says:
You might check out the reviews of "Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures" by Jayce Grayson--meets all of your criteria.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2012 8:43:52 AM PDT
jimsam says:
I enjoyed the humor and outrageous plot of the three book series and happy endings of the
Carnivores of Light and Darkness (Journeys of the Catechist , Book 1) by Alan Dean Foster.
I place these books on the line between Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 10:12:22 AM PDT
The Brian Jacques series about the mice. Gordon Dickson's The Magnificent Wilf. Piers Anthony's Pun series. I always like the Flinx stuff for a fun read also.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 11:38:55 AM PDT
Eric Bowling says:
The War for Profit series by Jed Fisher is non-tragic without being comic either. Mostly about armored land warfare in the distant future, framed as hard science fiction. They are great stories for people who like tanks.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 12:26:50 AM PDT
P. Bovalino says:
I have tears in my eyes, The list of authors and books that you all have contributed to this list is wonderful
I have no idea where to start reading. Thank you all, I am so glad I tripped over this discussion.
I have Quarter Share on my TBR list so after I re read (fantasy) Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold I will jump into that.
I need to bookmark this page.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2012 6:26:04 AM PDT
Carl Asher says:
I am fond of Larry Nivens' "Known Space" series. He manages to incorporate hard science, humor, and wry twists of fate into an enjoyable read.

Check out "Tales from Draco Tavern", a collection of short stories relayed to us as tales heard by the bartender of a space port on the galactic frontier.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 6:37:06 AM PDT
Beth says:
Keith Laumer is another author that writes many books you might enjoy. The Retief series about a galactic diplomat is especially good. Worlds of the Imperium

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2012 7:56:36 PM PDT
R. Wright says:
I second the recommendation for Spider Robinson's series. Try to start with the first "Callahan's Crosstime Saloon"! If you like humorous science fiction (and puns!), you will like the Callahan series!

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 10:20:29 PM PDT
P. Bovalino says:
What I want to know is, Does Charles Sheffield have any books in ebook format because i would love to replace my paperback with ebook. Aussie land misses out of a fair few of those type of things.

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Posted on Aug 4, 2012 11:27:32 PM PDT
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The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel (Thursday Next Novels (Penguin Books))
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2012 10:17:43 AM PDT
W.T. Keeton says:
I love the Retief books! There is a serious need for someone to re-release them in hardcover Omnibus format. I would love to have a nice edition of those stories on the shelf!

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 11:45:48 AM PDT
I found one that fits your criteria pretty well. It's a new series that has a great deal of humor and most of the story takes place on a ship of one sort or another. It was a pretty light, quick read and I liked it. In Death's Grip (Eldon Matthison Series)

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 5:31:58 PM PDT
D. Politis says:
Any new recommendations?

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 9:23:17 PM PDT
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Lampoons the Star Trek redshirt phenomena

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 1:53:10 AM PDT
kalanamak says:
Pirx the Pilot, More Pirx the Pilot, The Star Diaries, Futurological Congress, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub (all by Lem)

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 5:40:26 PM PDT
John Scalzi
Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books
Most of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books
Second the Reteif books.
How Much For Just the Planet? By John Ford
Second Jasper Fforde
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