These books and movies combine science and history; speculation about the future with an attempt to understand the past. And they're even riddled with marvelous puzzles and paradoxes.
Butler, Octavia E.
Boisterous, rollicking, and exuberant. These books can't be called bittersweet or subtle, they are belly-laugh books with original, unusual stories.
Jerome, Jerome K.
Westlake, Donald E.
The sunny skies of California hang above depravity, despair, and a lot of smart quips in these classic mystery stories.
Cain, James M.
Every once in awhile I like a really complex, mind bending book. Books on this list have multi-layered stories, unreliable narrators, post-modern playfulness, or all of the above!
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich