Help Name An Anthology

In the coming months I’ll be editing an anthology of humorous SF/F stories.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail yet. I’ll write a much longer post on the subject when I’m ready to make an official announcement. For now, suffice is to say that it will pay professional rates ($0.05 per word) and will be released as both an e-book and a physical book. And if it’s very successful, it might become an annual thing.

What I need right now is the name. I want something really catchy and easy to identify as speculative humor. And, of course, it can’t be a title that was used by somebody else previously. If you have any good ideas, please post them in the comments (or e-mail me directly through the contact form). If I end up using your title there’s a signed physical copy of the anthology in it for you 🙂

I will also be looking for all sorts of other help, down the line. Slush readers, illustrators, someone to create a promotional YouTube video, etc. Feel free to reach out if you want to get involved. And, of course, if you write light/humorous speculative fiction, you may want to start getting those submissions ready!



10 Responses to Help Name An Anthology

  1. This sounds like a fun anthology! The right title probably depends on the tone. Do you want stories that are wryly humorous, or downright silly?

    How about:
    Maniacal Laughter
    An Alien, an Angel, and an Aardvark Walk Into a Bar
    Strangely Funny
    The Lightly Fantastic


    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      Thanks for the suggestions, Mae!

      I want a wide range of stories, from slapstick to dry humor. When I’m ready to open submissions I’ll post a paragraph or two on the kind of stuff I enjoy, so that potential contributors can get a sense of what might work. I’ll also have an editorial board read the subs that make it past the fist round anonymously, so it won’t be just my personal taste.

  2. rosieoliver says:

    How about


    Good luck with the anthology.

    Best Wishes, Rosie

  3. Hi Alex,

    Nice meeting you this weekend.

    How about:

    Live from the Apollo Space Station


    Laughing with the Stars

    I’ll let you know if I think of anything else.



    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      It was great to meet you as well, Danielle! Definitely look forward to working with you on more projects.

  4. Frank Dutkiewicz says:

    Hey Alex,

    I’ll be willing to help. I’ll do slush reading, have experience (current judge on On The Premises – humor contest. Name for it?

    Cloning the funny bone

    Aliens, Ogres, Zombies and other blind dates

    Green Eggs and Spam

    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      Thank you so much, Frank! Please consider yourself officially conscripted. I will let you know when we’re closer to the point where we start reading submissions, but it won’t be too long.

      • Frank Dutkiewicz says:

        My pleasure, Alex. I am happy to help and eager to start slushing. Feel free to contact me whenever you want to touch base.

  5. (I liked “The Lightly Fantastic”, but I’d reduce it back to The Light Fantastic)

    Atlas Punned
    Thus Joked Zarathustra
    Logan’s Pun
    Fahrenheit LOL
    The Electric Sheep Are Attacking
    2012: A Space Comedy
    Standup Troopers

    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      Ohh I especially like Atlas Punned, though I doubt I’ll buy many pun stories… 🙂

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