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Comic Science Fiction

What is Comic Science Fiction?

Like a good comedian, Comic Science Fiction mocks, satirizes, and otherwise exploits the conventions of Science Fiction for comedic effect. A relatively small sub-genre that is more common in short stories than novels and has done well on screen. Frequently, Comic Sci Fi presents a pessimistic view of humanity and the universe.

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Other Features of Comic Science Fiction

  • Level of Real Science

    Moderate. Science and technology are frequently the subjects of jokes and satire. As a result, there are sometimes stories where technology is prominent, but exaggerated to comedic proportions.

  • Level of Grand Ideas/Social Implications

    Low. There is not much talk about social implications, but there is plenty of mocking. However, there is a vein of Comic Sci Fi that is more satire than laugh-out-loud funny. This vein often presents a social satire, commenting on the flaws of society in a witty or sarcastic manner.

  • Level of Characterization

    Moderately high—at least in terms of the humour. Characters can be spoofs of other Sci Fi tropes (instead of a gallant and heroic space ship captain, a clumsy one) or they can be original and hilarious.

  • Level of Plot Complexity

    Average. Comic Sci Fi plots tend to be light hearted and thus not super complex, rather the plot is designed to make the reader laugh

  • Level of Violence

    Low. Violence can occur in Comic Sci Fi, but it tends to be extravagant and add to the story's overall hilarity.

Related Science Fiction subgenres




    Any. Comic Sci Fi can play well with any other sub-genre—it just may not play nice.

Comic Science Fiction isn't for you if

You prefer your comedy closer to reality. If you take your Sci Fi a little too seriously.

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