As a kid, one of my favorite musicians was Steve Taylor, who could make some pretty good points using satire. One of my favorite songs was I Want To Be A Clone, which to a zany pop beat, told of a person who wanted to fit in so badly he gave up his convictions in exchange for “cloneliness”. Unfortunately for Taylor, some of his serious songs were incorrectly considered satire and some of his satire was wrongly labeled as serious. But I tell you, the man was a genius!
Satire, as you know, is using humor in a way to illustrate a point. If you ever read The Onion faux newspaper, you know exactly what I mean. I really like The Onion, though I caution others about some of the vulgar language they use. I like their sharp wit and often agree with the message. Here are a few of my favorite stories that happen to have a speculative fiction theme:
Man With Broken Foot Plunged Into A World of Human Kindness, Caring tells of Tim Morris, who wakes up in an alternate universe where both family and strangers are kind, offering help for his every need.
Roomba Violates All Three Laws Of Roombotics is about Ken Graney’s paranoia over his Roomba robotic vacuum becoming the latest piece of technology to run amok.
Scientology Losing Ground To New Fictionology contrasts newer, made-up religions with older, more established ones, ahem, while at the same time profiling the worship practices of popular culture.
30 Years of Man’s Life Disappear in Mysterious ‘Kansas Rectangle’ profiles Kevin Corcoran who, though warned never to enter the desolate 82,277 square miles of paranormal mystery, ignored friends and family to never be heard from again.
Question: Do you enjoy satire?