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The Ultimate Inferior Beings

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  209 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
The End of the Universe is nigh ...

Landscape architect jixX is way out of his depth when mistakenly appointed captain of a dangerous space mission. He’s never flown a spaceship before, but at least he’s not alone; none of his crewmembers have, either. To make matters worse, the ship’s computer thinks it’s a comedian.

So the last thing jixX needs is an encounter with aliens,
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Cogwheel Press (first published June 7th 2012)
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Mary Fan
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The Ultimate Inferior Beings takes place in the distant future in which humans have colonized space. The story begins when a starship that had been making the journey from Earth to one of its most remote colonies, Tenalp, arrives with all of its crewmembers mysteriously deceased. As explained in the book’s brief introduction, the residents of Tenalp are hilariously bad at everything. Therefore, after much deliberation, the Tenalp government determines that the best way to find out what happened ...more
Desiree Finkbeiner
This book took me out of my normal element. I normally read fantasy or action sci-fi, so when I came across this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it so much. Actually, if it hadn't been for my son (who sparked my interest in the book, I may have overlooked it). I'm so glad I gave it a crack.

First off, if you love British humor, you'll get a healthy dose of it here! We're not talking Monty Python, but it ranks right up there with it, filled to the brim with gut-busting laughs, but has much
Bruce Hesselbach
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With all of the books and movies we have these days about a grim future, it is very refreshing to read a story where the far future is actually quite a bit funnier than our present times. The hero of this story, a landscape architect named jixX, lives on a planet called Tenalp, an Earth colony backwater ruled by a grouchy computer.
When a spaceship from Earth returns with many casualties, jixX is drafted to pilot a spaceship back into the void to see what went wrong. However, jixX’s only qualif
Jennifer Eifrig
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've read The Hitchhiker's Guide and other classics of British sci fi humor, so I wasn't sure if I'd like this one or not. Happily, I really loved it. While it's firmly in the humor vein, it also has some touches of Stephen Moffat's Dr Who applied here and there. I giggled out loud in several places, and was motivated to finish the book before some others I'm reading, which are now striking me as formulaic and predictable. This book took me out of my element and showed me ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Okay, silly is fun. But silly must also have some redeeming quality. Couldn't find it in the first hundred pages here. Just wasted my time.
Alastair Rosie
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What do a landscape gardener, a psychotic gynaecologist, a behavioural chemist, a carpenter and a stowaway have in common?
Absolutely nothing as it turns out but these four unlikely heroes are teamed with a computer called LEP, who happens to tell very bad jokes and suffers from innate shyness and an inferiority complex and tasked with saving not just the world but the entire universe when a spaceship crash lands on Tenalp, an Earth colony, actually the furthest planet from Earth. It has arrived
D.L. Morrese
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The cover is reminiscent of Monty Python. The characters remind me of those created by Douglas Adams. And the plot, well, for the sake of comparison, I’d put it someplace in the vicinity of Doctor Who and Red Dwarf. The story is not as clearly satirical as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and it’s sillier than Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, but comparisons can be made, and some other reviewers have made them. This book is in the same category with all of these, but it’s different. Yes. It’s f ...more
Toto Maya
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book several months ago searching for something that would make me laugh. It is difficult for me to find a book very funny, and this book was no exception to the rule, at least not at first. As I read the first few chapters I felt that the author, Roman, was trying too hard to be funny, falling back on writing conventions and quirks first used by more experienced authors. I felt that he was not writing with his own voice, but trying his hardest to copy what has been succes ...more
Lucy Pireel
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
If it were possible I'd only give this 2.5 stars.

I love laughing out loud when I read a funny book, that is if there's anything to laugh about. Unfortunately thi book didn't even manage to get the smallest of smiles out of me. I had hoped it would be like Hitchhikers Guide, because that's what the title and cover reminded me of, but alas it came nowhere near that masterpiece.

Don't get me wrong it is decent in it's writing, but for example, there's a lot of x'es, so much it feels contrived. There
Megan Tully
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is not the type of book I would usually have read ..... but im very glad I did! Very amusing tongue in cheek humour typical of the dry British variety. Its easy to see how comparisons to Hitchhikers guide are popping up in all the other reviews.

Once you got over the whacky character names and the amusingly over elongated scientific names for everyday items, which provide a great guessing game before the normal name is revealed, then it a very easily readable book. Text is kept to smaller ma
Frank Kusy
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came to this book with low expectations. I don't like sci-fi, never have. And I REALLY didn't like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so when I read some of the reviews on Amazon, my expectations hit rock bottom. Imagine my surprise then, when I found myself uncontrollably chuckling over the exploits of the hapless jixX - landscape gardener turned unlikely starship captain - and his gang of even more hapless crew members as they visit the bricked-over planet of the brick-throwing "Mamm aliens". ...more
Paul Freeman
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yes The ultimate Inferior Beings is riotously funny. Yes it has a hilarious MC, in fact jinX is not so much the reluctant hero as a how the eff did I get here? hero. And yes it is easy to compare TUBI with Hitch Hikers, and compare it very favourably. And yes I’m also reminded of the brilliant sit-com Red Dwarf. Terry Pratchett, and Spike Milligan also spring to mind, with each page delivering clever and very funny lines and situations… But, TUIB is much more than that. Mark Roman’s world buildi ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If your looking for a nice silly sci-fi book, this is the perfect book for you. Humans have already scattered to other planets and are developing differently. Mark Roman does a good job with character development. The story is very original and kind of reminds me of a Monty Python type of skit. A clueless crew drafted into space travel without training. They land on a planet that is paved flat and has green blobs that speak British. They use bricks as weapons. It's a crazy planet with gentleman ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's only one thing you should know about this book. It's very funny.

I run an intercontinental megacorporation and I'm far too important to read anything myself. My job is to bark out single word instructions and look angry. At senior executive meetings, I have my Vice-Presidents read chapters of Mark Roman's book to me.

'For the Good of the Species. In the Light of the Dark.'

This is now our company mantra.
Lindsey Brooks
Mar 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this story but I'm afraid I couldn't. I had hoped for a comedy sci-fi story but I didn't find it funny at all, or even mildly amusing, or satirical, or entertaining, or interesting, or thought provoking. None of the characters seemed at all sympathetic, only stupid, and the aliens were ridiculous and unfunny caricatures. I stuck it out until the end but then realised I wished that I hadn't. Sorry, but if there is homour in there it isn't the kind that appeals to me.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Tenalp is the most remote of the earth colonies and, as such, has attracted those inhabitants who are "as dumb as a bag of bricks." A landscape architect from Tenalp, jixX, suddenly finds that he is to become the Captain of the spaceship whose crew consists of a computer with too many wit boxes, a behavioral chemist, a carpenter of plastics and the only female member of the crew, a gynecologist. On board, they find a stowaway, who is employed by the Ministry of Intelligence and Spying.

As they tr
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author was obviously a huge fan of A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and was trying to write something similar. The result was just silly.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Ultimate Inferior Beings by Mark Roman is a funny little, sci-fi find. Starting out on Tenalp (one of Earth's remotest colony planets) we meet jixX, a landscape architect who has unwillingly found himself the captain of a mission into space to discover why another spaceship (The Living Chrysalis) crashed.

JixX will be captaining the Night Ripple, a dangerously obsolete ship, whose greatest asset is LEP- the ship's computer- and the wonders his in-built wit-box provide him with. JixX's crew co
Billy Buttons
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our young readers thought:

The Ultimate Inferior Beings

Mark Roman


Cover 10/10
Excellent, fun cover with a strong central image and easy-to-read fonts. The readers loved the cover and blurb too. One reader wrote: ‘’I really liked the title font. It really grabbed me. And the green ‘splodge’ is cool.’

Editing 9/10
Generally, the readers thought this book was well edited with no problems with punctuation, sp
Masquerade Crew
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer: Belinda F.

4.5 on the Masq Scale

This is a genuinely funny and clever little story. It is very short and I would have liked to have read more - I was really enjoying it. The cover made me think of Monty Python (I'm sure that was the intention) but the content is much more Red Dwarf. The story is silly but not too silly.

It is set sometime in the future when humans have colonised the galaxy on a planet called Tenalp known to be inhabited by idiots. When one of their starships arrives home
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Reviewed by Jennifer Reinoehl for Readers' Favorite.
The Ultimate Inferior Beings is an enchanting science-fiction comedy by Mark Roman. When a ship lands ahead of schedule at the human colony Tenalp, the sole survivor whispers something inaudible to the leader of the colony. In an effort to discover the reason behind the ship’s fate, four brave souls and one stowaway are sent on a mission to determine what happened. However, the people chosen for the mission seem to have been randomly drawn fro
Julie Bihn
This isn't exactly my kind of humor, but that's probably not Roman's fault. I remember in high school, my then-best-friend kept trying to read me lines from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to make me laugh. She finally succeeded, but only by substituting "Arby's" for the restaurant named in the line, so we weren't sure if that counted.

Anyway, to overly simplify, it's a science fiction about a bunch of creatures with low intelligence and stupid bureaucracies. Only a few typos/etc. It was fin
Emma Bull
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I am not normally a fan of science fiction but this one had me laughing out loud. The word play used was witty, for example, the spaceship's name The Night Ripple made me giggle each time I read it (childish I know!). I was trying to find a word to describe this book and all I can come up with is silly! If you like a silly read that will make you chuckle then this is well worth the read. On the other hand if you're looking for real in depth plot then don't bother, although that's not to say a lo ...more
Tammy Hall
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As I burst out laughing from the very first chapter I knew I was in for a good read. This was a great lighthearted story. The alien races described in The Ultimate Inferior Beings were very amusing and interesting to learn about. Their thought processes had me giggling in my seat for quite awhile. As I continued to read I was reminded of the movie Space Balls. I couldn't help but feel sorry for poor jixX and his dumb luck. The hila
Rebecca Porter
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Frankly, I don't know how to review this book. It started out great: humor was spot on, although in a dry British wit, but I like that. Then, as I got into the meat of the thing, it became apparent that those jokes that made me chuckle were going to be told over and over again.
I wanted to like it, maybe if I were a child, but nothing really happens. Nobody changes, nothing is resolved, and the whole middle of the plot is, well, redundant.

This book felt like an inside joke, one I wasn't in on,
Rebecca Lewis
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In one of the reviews I saw, someone likened this book to Monty Python. I think that's about the most accurate. I don't like comparing it to a Douglas Adams book, because I think Mark Roman has done more of his own thing here. All with great fun, and a bit of silliness. But, you can tell a good amount of thought and care went into the creation of story and characters. It's not just cobbled together or messed about to make it all seem more alien or off-norm. And, "oops" will always mean just a bi ...more
Valeria Jane
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is hilarious....I'm usually into more serious, grim, things, but this is a real fun read especially in those moments when you are totally fed up with little things not working out the way they should. If you want to read more serious considerations into it, there's plenty of material there, including the part about religions in general. But you can also just take it as good fun and enjoy it.
Rob Gregson
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inventive, structurally peculiar and gloriously, gloriously daft.

I particularly liked the absurdly complex Heath Robinson gadgets, which are explained in such loving detail, but there is comedy crammed unceremoniously wherever there's room to be found. The book probably appeals most strongly to a particular niche, but as niches go, it's a biggie. Fans of Python, Hitchhikers, Red Dwarf et al, are almost sure to enjoy it.
Rebecca Simmonds
It gets funnier as it moves along, and really is quite clever. It took a few chapters to get into the style, but after that I was laughing out loud. I don't think I've ever read anything as original. I was reminded of Douglas Adams, but I think it was written it was written before his books even came out, so that's impressive.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book that had me laughing. I love the author's use of word play, his wacky sense of humour and his weird ideas. The space-hoppers [which to younger readers might sound just the thing you would have in a sci-fi book] just cracked me up.
I don't often re-read fiction, but I will with this one.
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