Viscounts and Vagabonds; or, Dilettantes and Debutantes in Space: homage to British class humor in SFF Read more on Riffle
Retief! (A Collection of Stories) by Keith Laumer
Retief is a troubleshooting diplomat with James Bond flair.
1 / 10
The Thurb Revolution (Anthony Villiers Trilogy, Book 2) by Alexei Panshin
Alexei Panshin made this beautiful, funny world. Chivalry and gambling and irony--in the spirit of Wild, Wild West in Britain. There was supposed to be a fourth book in the series…there's still hope!
2 / 10
Miles, Mystery and Mayham by Lois McMaster Bujold
Miles is the longest-running character in SF who is differently-abled. Or normal people perceived differently by their society. Miles may get beaten up sometimes, but he always wins the war--and gets the girls, too. Feudalism and modernism play off in this long-running, multiple award-winning series.
3 / 10
The Crown Jewels (Maijstral Series) by Walter Jon Williams
Drake Majistral is the most daring Allowed Burglar in the galaxy…this series a gentle tribute to the gentleman adventurer series of the 1960s, poking fun at all society's foibles.
4 / 10
I Dare (Liaden Universe Novel Series) by Sharon Lee
The entire Liaden Universe is a delightful place, thankfully entirely in print. (Entirely in my clutches as well, chapbooks and all.) The planet of Liad has a lot in common with Regency England and a ton of originality.Start at the beginning, and around the middle you'll meet Pat Rin, the epitome of a gentleman in every sense of the word.
5 / 10
With the Lightnings by David Drake
The Leary series follows Daniel Leary's career in the Royal Cinnabar Navy. His Jeeves analog is split in two: he's got his childhood manservant who's a rough country fellow great in a brawl, and he has Adele Mundy, who is fellow gentry, a brilliant shooter and librarian. Great fun.
6 / 10
Phule's Company by Robert Asprin
Military humor at its best.
7 / 10
March Upcountry (Empire of Man Book 1) by David Weber
Covers a young man going from twit to decent leader, not covering up the slogging through mud and death. The "butler" character is great.
8 / 10
Fortunes of the Imperium by Jody Lynn Nye
See my review; I liked this one much better than the first and will have to see if I missed some irony. This one was a good example of the genre.
9 / 10
Heris Serrano by Elizabeth Moon
An honorable mention, Serrano is a serious hero who has to deal with hiring out her ship after military retirement--lots of aristocratic twits skewered!
10 / 10