Mech suits, an aristocrat, talking dinosaurs who race motocross
November 18, 2021 5:22 AM   Subscribe

Two science fiction stories that use over-the-top characters and situations, plus crankiness, to get laughs -- and both available in audio and in text. "Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs" by Leonard Richardson (audio, illustrated): "Why would a dinosaur need a gun?" asked the shop owner. "Self-defense." "Texts from the Ghost War" by Alex Yuschik: While I realize driving that mech likely takes all of your limited resources, please take care not to step on the roses. (Audio uses a cool trick to sound right in stereo!)

Am linking to my spouse Leonard Richardson's work per the revised rule on friend-linking.

Another story in the same universe as "Texts from the Ghost War": “The Girl With All The Ghosts”, available as audio and text.
posted by brainwane (8 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Those dinosaurs did nothing wrong.
Well... They were bad at lots of things, but I think that's different.
posted by Acari at 8:17 AM on November 18, 2021

To moonmilk's question: "Awesome Dinosaurs" has a deleted scene available.
posted by brainwane at 8:35 AM on November 18, 2021 [1 favorite]

I liked how "Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs" got to the message of humanity being the real monster through the use of monster trucks and dirt bikes, and only a little bit of people being eaten. It's a nice change from zombie films, which usually go much heavier on the last element.
posted by nubs at 9:17 AM on November 18, 2021

I loved Awesome Dinosaurs. Hope Cass recovers. (I agree with the editor and author about the deleted scene - it just did not work)

Couldn’t make any headway on Ghost War. Awful formatting and I don’t do audiobooks.
posted by JustSayNoDawg at 2:22 PM on November 18, 2021

Hell yes, Awesome Dinosaurs. That was one of my favorites at the Drabblecast.
posted by Scattercat at 2:40 PM on November 18, 2021 [1 favorite]

Dinosaurs is very fun and just enough sad to bite. I love the bird watchers idea. The Ghost Wars is a sweet story with a lot of technique - epistolary stories and texting with the back and forth interruptions - hard to pull off well with character and world building in such a narrow scope and it was executed flawlessly.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 2:58 PM on November 18, 2021 [1 favorite]

Couldn’t make any headway on Ghost War. Awful formatting and I don’t do audiobooks.

It is weirdly formatted. I bounced of it at first, the moment of realization for me was prompted by the title. Its meant to simulate a text conversation. Apparently "you" are reviewing the messages on someone's phone. One texter's messages are right justified with a ragged left edge. The other texter's words are left justified with a ragged right edge.
posted by otherchaz at 6:44 PM on November 18, 2021 [1 favorite]

Awesome Dinosaurs previously on the blue.
posted by brainwane at 3:28 AM on December 11, 2021

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