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Laugh Lines

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Ben Bova, best-selling and award-winning author of the "Grand Tour" and "Asteroid Wars" series, takes a sardonic look at the humorous possibilities of future technology.

The Starcrossed: Bill Oxnard, a young technological genius, had perfected true three-dimensional television, making ordinary TV obsolete. He thought he would be rich and famous -- but he hadn't realized ho...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Baen
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Lynnda Ell
Laugh Lines only lives up to its title if you like satire. I don't. Maybe if the stories had be interesting in themselves, that would not have mattered. However one of the two book-length works was about producing a movie. It was satire about sleeze - which just added more sleeze. Not my cup of tea.

The second main feature was a satrical look at the book publishing business. While not so much about sleeze, the plot was a jumble of subplots that rotated between fantasy, sci-fi, and reality. When i...more
Joseph Gowen
I don't know if I should list this as read, since I only got halfway through, but I am done reading it regardless. It is a collection of short stories and two novellas that are supposed to be funny sci-fi. Instead I kept waiting for the jokes to come. The characters were caricatures and the dialogue was incredibly hokey. But it came with such high praise from contemporary authors on the cover! I hate to say it, but sometimes you really shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Was that sentence as pa...more
Uch. I couldn't get through even the first story of this book. Not only is it not funny, it's just plain awful.

But what really made me slam the book shut and vow to take it back to the library post-haste is that it's RIFE with typos. I couldn't take it any more. For example, "he heaved a great sight."

One story, titled "The Supersonic Zeppelin," has a running head which reads "The Supesonic Zepplin." Inexcusable!
Well, it was supposed to be funny, and I guess it was mildly entertaining, but that's as far as I would go. Contains 2 longer novellas and some short stories. The first novella, Starcrossed, was sort of fun, but the last one I didn't really finish, just skimmed it. My favorite story was 'The Great Moon Hoax,' which has a very different take on the whole Martian thing.
TheIron Paw
This book was only ok - I didn't read it all, Bova is a great 'science' fiction writer, but of the short stories I did read - they were cute, but not hilarious. But then I'm not really a fan of short stories. It's due back at the library tomorrow so I'm just going to move on to something else.
I don't want to rate it because I only read the first part. It wasn't what I expected and no longer competes with tempting book choices, so it is being shelved as Finished.
Maybe someday.
Bill Seitz
Read mainly for CyberBooks (ebooks vs publishing industry) and StarCrossed (scifi authors vs TV industry). Lotsafun.
The short stories were okay, but the long ones were just not that interesting.
Short stories were great, the novels not so much.
Just started this. Now finished it, not impressed
Some really funny science fiction stories.
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Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.

Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett's fencing club. He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.

Bova was a technical writer fo...more
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