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Arts & Entertainment with Chris & Randall

May 25, 2020

Randall pitches Chris on a new sub-genre of Sci-fi he's been working on, Bonkers Sci-fi.

From Randall: Bonkers Sci-Fi is simple: It's a sub-genre of science fiction with comedy where the jokes are based on technology, especially technology malfunctioning. Most likely, it satirizes technology to some extent, which is practically unavoidable if you think about it.

I started thinking about this after watching Thor: Ragnarok. I was surprised by its tone and realized its part of some sort of heretofore unnamed sub-genre of science fiction that I really love. So what was this genre? I was sure it went back to at least The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books which I loved reading as a kid.

I don't think it has to be comedy, but there have to be jokes and the jokes have to be based around some sort of technology or maybe just science-fictiony concepts. The best example of this genre may be The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

To make this clear, I started a list. I have put it below. It's divided into sctions: Movies, Books, Comics, and titles which I think are questionable. I'm not sure they fit into the genre because I don't remember them well or I haven't read or watched them, rather someone described them to me.

Thanks and let me know what you think.


1960 Little Shop of Horrors

1961 The Absent Minded Professor / Flubber

1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

1973 Sleeper 1974 Dark Star

1974 Young Frankenstein

1981 Heavy Metal (certain stories)

1981 Time Bandits

1983 The Man With Two Brains

1984 Electric Dreams

1984 Ghostbusters

1985 Back to the Future

1985 Brazil

1985 Explorers

1985 Weird Science

1986 Alf

1986 Critters

1986 Short Circuit

1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

1987 Innerspace

1987 Spaceballs

1988 Earth Girls are Easy

1988 They Live

1989 Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

1989 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

1989 Quantum Leap

1990 Tremors series

1996 Mars Attacks

1996 Multiplicity

1997 Men in Black

1997 The Fifth Element

1999 Galaxy Quest

2004 Incredibles

2006 Idiocracy

2010 Hot Tub Time Machine

2010 Minions / Despicable Me movies

2012 Safety Not Guaranteed

2013 World's End

2014 Guardians of the Galaxy

2015 Ant Man

2016 Dead Pool

2017 Thor Ragnarok



1948 Marvin the Martian from the Looney Tunes cartoon

1962 The Jetsons

1967 The Trouble with Tribbles Star Trek episode

1978 Mork and Mindy

1981 Greatest American Hero

1985 Small Wonder

1987 Out of this World

1989 Saved by the Bell (all the Screech inventions)

1996 Third Rock from the Sun

1999 Futurama

2017 The Orville BOOKS

1978 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

1984 National Lampoon's Doon

1987 Chess with a Dragon COMICS

1983 D.R. & Quinch



1726 Book: Gulliver's Travels

1956 Movie: Around the World in 80 Days

1963 TV: My Favorite Martian

1964 Movie: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

1965 TV: Flintstones (the great Gazoo)

1965 TV: Lost in Space

1968 Movie: Barbarella

1974 TV: Land of the Lost

1975 TV: Far Out Space Nuts

1975 TV: Power Rangers

1977 Movie/SNL Sketch/animated special: Coneheads

1977 TV: The Muppet Show: Pigs in Space sketch

1978 Movie: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park

1978 Movie: The Cat From Outer Space

1984 Movie: Gremlins series

1984 Movie: Ice Pirates

1984 Movie: Night of the Comet

1984 Movie: Repo Man

1984 Movie: The Last Starfighter

1988 TV: Red Dwarf

1989 Book: Quozl

1994 TV: Space Ghost Coast to Coast

1996 Movie: Space Truckers

2000 Book Series: Sewer, Gas and Electric

2000 Book: Velveteen series

2001 TV: Invader Zim

2008 Movie: Space Chimps

2009 Movie: Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

2011 Movie: Paul