Monthly Archives: January 2014

Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers – Grant/Naylor

Grant Naylor is the collective writing name of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.  They gained quite a bit of notoriety for writing the hilarious long running BBC SCI-FI/comedy series  Red Dwarf.  This collaboration, unfortunately ended in the 1990s, when Rob Grant left due to the age old euphemism “creative differences”, although the series continue(s) on through series VII, VIII, IX and X.

The Red Dwarf series had it’s ups and downs, sometimes side split-tingly hilarious and sometimes just OK with series X airing in 2012 with a much aged cast, but closer to how some of the previous seasons were.

Grant Naylor wrote several Red Dwarf novels that, in some ways, were better written and “acted” than the actual series since some things just could not be done on the meager budget and technologies available.

This is the first of the novels and is very, very funny and an excellent way to get to know the series.  It takes elements of much of the first few series and combines them into a novel that is one part SCI-FI, one part comedic masterpiece and all parts entertaining.

If you’ve never seen the series is about one human, Dave Lister, who due to an infraction on board the Jupiter Mining Corporation ship Red Dwarf is put into suspended animation as punishment. During his hibernation, the ship had a radiation leak and all of people on board died.  Holly, the ship’s intelligent computer, sped the ship into the deep outer space for millions of years to prevent others from dying from the radiation and finally woke Dave after the radiation levels were acceptable.  Sounds funny?  Well, oddly it is….Dave’s infraction was bringing aboard a cat, named Frankenstein, which escaped into the holds and survived the radiation and somehow bred and over the millions of years evolved into a humanoid race which has many cat tendencies…they all left except for the dying and the “terminally stupid”.  This leaves Dave with a companion, aptly named “Cat”.  Holly, who has pretty much gone insane over the millions of years, creates a hologram of Dave’s cabin mate, Arnold Rimmer, an officious but completely inept career Space Corp member who’s main job before death was as a food dispenser cleaner and who now is supposed to keep Dave sane.  Finally, a “nanny” type android that was near the end of the first season named Kryten who cooks, cleans, etc…

These are their bizarre, hilarious adventures, hurtling though space in a ship piloted by an mixed up computer, manned by a lager, curry, and chili sauce consuming Human, a creature evolved from his pet cat, a hologram of the Humans long dead roommate and a vaguely human shaped android.

If you enjoy this, read:

  • Better than Life
  • Backward
  • Last Human

One Night with an Incubus – Folia Deux

I frankly have no idea who Folia Deux is…  I’m pretty much positive this is a pseudonym.  The only thing written that I can find is that “makes the most of her filthy mind” by writing….that’s basically it.  She has a blog that is interesting in and of itself.  Blog

I purchased this along with two other books as a bundle on Amazon for Christmas on the cheap and on a whim.  I have NOT regretted it.  The story is fast paced and essentially broken up in individual sex scenes and oh my, oh my, oh my, talk about keeping me warm during the winter nights.

The story is essentially about a succubus who, one night while out on the prowl, follows a man home and floats up to his window (yes, you read that correctly) and enters thinking she’s going to control him, have sex with him, and absorb all of his energy and thereby killing him; however, it turns out her “victim” is actually a powerful incubus which she discovers too late and while in the throws of ecstasy she realizes that which ever of the two of them has an orgasm first wins…not only their “game” but the looser really looses…their lifes.  In chapter 2, she wakes up to find they both climaxed at the same time thereby preventing either from loosing their lives…and so begins a increasingly dangerous dance between life and death.

Hot, hot, hot…by all means, read this, but definitely NOT for prudes.  Fast paced, fascinating and enjoyable.

If you enjoy this, read:

  • Revenge of the Incubus
  • Taken by the Incubus