What is your favourite imaginary book?


Wikipedia likes the term “fictional book”, a “non-existent book created specifically for (i.e. within) a work of fiction”.  They have a big list; feel free to add to it if they’ve missed anything.

Flavorwire likes the term “fake book”, which while fun would be confusing to musicians.  They have a great article Fake Books from Fiction That We Wish We Could Read.

I went with the classic term, as described in The logogryph : a bibliography of imaginary books PR 9337 H372 L63 2004.

My personal favourites are:  So You Went and Had a Baby  in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slapstick;  and The Bitch Pack Meets on Wednesdays from Anthony Powell’s Temporary Kings.

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  1. My vote is for Non Serviam, by Professor James Dobb, which is reviewed in Stanislaw Lem’s book of imaginary book reviews (er, reviews of imaginary books), A Perfect Vacuum (1971).

    I’m not really much of a sci-fi fan, but Lem (most famous for Solaris) is an utter genius. Non Serviam is the greatest book about artificial intelligence ever (not) written. Go find this and check it out — or at least the review of it.

  2. Trapnel’s Camel Ride to the Tomb, in Books Do Furnish a Room, is a pretty good title too. (Yes, I am testing the Comment function…)

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