Laugh Lines

CoverSpace:  The Funniest Frontier!

Ben Bova, SF master humorist?  You'd better believe it!  A supersonic zeppelin.  The "Crisis of the Month" Oz, revealed. A foray into a future where publishing is literally cut-throat.  A raucous horde of hard SF legend Ben Bova's most amusing and imaginative novels and tales!

"Bova gets better and better..."—Los Angeles Daily News.

Cover Art by Bob Eggleton

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, July 2008

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Bova, Ben, 1932-
Laugh lines / by Ben Bova.
p. cm.
ISBN 1-4165-5560-9 (hc)
1. Science fiction. 2. Humorous stories. I. Title.

PS3552.O84L38 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-5560-5
ISBN-10: 1-4165-5560-9

Copyright© 2008 by Ben Bova

The Starcrossed — copyright © 1975 by Ben Bova.

Cyberbooks — copyright © 1989 by Ben Bova.

"Crisis of the Month" — originally published in F&SF, March 1988, copyright © by Ben Bova.

"The Great Moon Hoax, or, A Princess of Mars") — originally published in F&SF, September 1996, copyright © by Ben Bova

"The Supersonic Zeppelin" (originally published as "The Great Supersonic Zeppelin Race") — published in The Far Side of Time, ed. Roger Elwood, 1974, copyright © by Ben Bova

"Vince's Dragon" — originally published in Dragons of Darkness, ed. Orson Scott Card, 1981 copyright © by Ben Bova.

"The Angel's Gift" — published under the pseudonym of Oxford Williams. First published in The Omni Book of Science Fiction #1, ed. Ellen Datlow, 1983, copyright © by Ben Bova

"A Slight Miscalculation" — originally published in F&SF, August 1981, copyright © by Ben Bova.

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