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Unidentified Funny Objects 3

(UFO #3)

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SCIENCE FICTION. FANTASY. HUMOR. This is the third annual volume of Unidentified Funny Objects and it contains twenty-three humorous short stories from some of the genre's best-known authors, as well as talented up-and-comers.

These are some of the unlikely characters you will encounter in the pages of this book:

* Hobo Satan
* Vampire novelist
* Traveling robot salesman
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Paperback, 302 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by UFO Publishing (first published September 19th 2014)
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Sarah
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Unidentified Funny Objects 3 is a collection of 23 fun science fiction & fantasy short stories from a whole host of well known authors. I have to admit I wanted to read the anthology for the story by Gini Koch but I thought it would be a great way of trying some new to me authors and I've definitely added some new books to my wish list now.

This really is a diverse collection so I'm sure there will be something for everyone - you'll read about aliens, superheroes, mermaids, zombunnies, r
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Stephanie
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A mixed bag! My favorites were by Jim C. Hines and Tina Connolly. Some of the others had very strong male gaze which I’m not into.
Blodeuedd Finland
Foreword - Alex Shvartsman
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On the Efficacy of Supervillain Battles in Eliciting Therapeutic Breakthroughs - Jim C. Hines
Pretty cool and strange. A short story that worked well on it's own. About a girl standing on her own

The Right Answer - James A. Miller
Yes what is the right answer when an alien shows up? Nice short one.

The Gefilte Fish Girl - Mike Resnick
A man tells his mum about the mermaid he loves. Funny.

Master of Business Apocalypse - Jakob Drud
Magicians prevents the apocalypse, time af
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Tex Reader
4.0 of 5 stars – Entertaining Shorts Having Some Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fun.
(I'm excited to have won this as a Goodreads First Read – so thanks, Alex!)

I’m a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, but hadn’t read many humorous stories nor anthologies. As it turned out, this was a delight.

The stories were light, clever, imaginative, and yes, funny, sometimes with a grin, others with an auditory chuckle. While none were LOL hilarious, all of them generated at least a smile or a smirk. And they were nice and short (mos
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Malapata
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Advertencia: Esta reseña utiliza tópicos.

Es una recopilación de relatos con un nivel irregular. El hilo conductor es el humor, pero como es más difícil hacer reír que llorar muchos de ellos naufragan en el camino. Aunque esto puede ser una opinión subjetiva, ya que sobre gustos no hay nada escrito, y más si hablamos de humor.

En definitiva, que es una idea que resulta mejor como concepto que una vez llevada a la práctica, y que habiendo tan poco tiempo y tantos libros buenos yo leería otros prime
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Chris Bauer
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alex Shvartsman does it again. The third installment of "Unidentified Funny Objects" is an impressive collection of hilarious, laugh-out-loud short stories. Like the prior works in the series, Alex does a great job of collecting humorous fiction from a variety of authors - both well established and up and comers.

The result is a collection of short fiction sure to please anybody who is a fan of speculative fiction. While all the stories were good and most definitely amusing, my personal Top 5 li
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Brian
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
UFO3 was my bedside book for the last week or so - great fun! I picked up the book from Alex Shvartsman (the book's editor) at Capclave this Fall, as I have with the previous editions in years past. 23 fun stories from names familiar to the SciFi/Fantasy reader. My personal favorite among the bunch: Cat Rambo's Election at Villa Encantada. Why? Because I've grown a sore spot for HOAs over the years, and the HOA at a retirement community for deities, et al, proved to have a doozy! Fun, fun, fun! ...more
Jack Webb
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun - Round 3

The third annual collection of funny sci-fi stories. A couple "eh", a few groaners, and a couple laugh-out-loud gems to make it worth while. Amusing series.
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Sherry Ramsey
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
As is usual with an anthology, this was a mixed bag, but on the whole one of the stronger collections of themed stories I've read. The stories were, indeed, engaging and funny, light but intriguing in many cases. A few were a little *too* light for me, but then some were rather brilliant. If you like your specfic with a dash of humour, you'll probably enjoy this anthology. ...more
Deby Fredericks
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very fun anthology. Although nothing made me laugh out loud -- I guess I have that resistance when someone tells me something will be funny -- there were a few I ran to show my husband or daughter.
Kendall J.
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A little hit or miss, but certainly something for any sense of humor. It has a wide range of styles and I discovered a new author to start reading from one of the stories, which is always a good thing.
Karl
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Some lovely things here, especially by friends Cat Rambo and Camille Griep. I'm not as much of a fan of the puns and occasional cheese, but it was a good time overall. ...more
Robert 'Rev. Bob'
Very funny stuff. If you like humorous SF/fantasy, keep an eye on this series.
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Alex Shvartsman is a writer, editor, and translator from Brooklyn, NY.

Over 120 of his stories have been published in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a two-time finalist (2015 and 2017) for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction.

His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories
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Other books in the series

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  • Unidentified Funny Objects (UFO #1)
  • Unidentified Funny Objects 2 (UFO #2)
  • Unidentified Funny Objects 4 (UFO #4)
  • Unidentified Funny Objects 5 (UFO #5)
  • Unidentified Funny Objects 6 (UFO #6)
  • Unidentified Funny Objects 7 (UFO, #7)
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