Incompetence by Rob Grant (Gollancz, 2003) This must have made for a good pitch—a hardboiled detective story set in a society where incompetence is protected by law—but Grant would have done well to keep the first-person narrative straight and let the inherent humour speak for itself.
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The Quanderhorn Xperimentations
The Quanderhorn Xperimentations by Rob Grant & Andrew Marshall (Gollancz, 2018) A relentlessly tongue-in-cheek palimpsest of SF ‘save the day’ serials, outrageously funny in the ability of its protagonists to generate peril for themselves, innovative in its resolutions and escalations, yet never quite delivering on the promise of something deeper beneath the frolics.
42 Word Retrospective: Red Dwarf VI by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor
Red Dwarf VI by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor (BBC, 1993) After a stellar run from 1988-1992, Red Dwarf returned in 1993 as a caricatured shadow (almost a parody) of its first five seasons, stripping the crew of all seriousness and sacrificing thematically self-contained episodes for cheap laughs and a token story arc.