I’ve always admired Kipling’s “Just So Stories”‘ but they are dated and the style is very archaic. It always seemed to me that the basic idea was sound, namely trying to answer fundamental questions like “How did the Camel get his Hump”, only doing so in a whimsical way.
I prefer a certain amount of rationality alongside the whimsy, so my stories have a kind of fake science behind them. It is hardly science fiction, more slightly quirky ideas that seem rational at a first glance, but are then taken to a silly extreme. If you’ve ever listened to a swallow singing, for example, you may be struck with the thought that it sounds a bit like those times when you dial a phone number and get a fax machine by mistake. From there is it a simple leap of imagination to think that Swallows sit on phone wires in order to send faxes.
The other stories in the book have similar mad ideas exploited for their humorous potential.
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