filk music

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Filk is the folk music of the science fiction community. Here are a few examples I've culled from Usenet filk news group , that demonstrate the range, from parodies to original songs, from hilarious to deadly serious.

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If we could have devised an arrangement for providing everyone with music in their homes, perfect in quality, unlimited in quantity, suited to every mood, and beginning and ceasing at will, we should have considered the limit of human felicity already attained and ceased to strive for further improvements.

-- Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward, 1887


[Xena -- Heroine Barbarian]
books, films and TV shows

Glob of Nose Latex -- Star Trek alien makeup
Alison Brooks -- Lord of the Rings, by Meat Loaf
Eric the Fruitbat -- Dilithium Rhapsody -- Star Trek
Avram Grumer -- Three quarks for muster Mark -- LotR
Mark Heiman and John Burridge -- A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Valdemar -- on Mercedes Lackey novels
Benjamin Newman -- My Favorite Rings
Harry Smothers -- Flying -- Lord of the Rings
jere7my tho?rpe -- Lucasfilm Pie -- Star Wars
Kevin Wald -- Heroine Barbarian -- G&S meets Xena
various -- Modern Alien Entity -- G&S meets X-Files


maths and science

Rich Brown -- Hole In The Nothing
William Hughes -- The Physicist's Lament
Mark A. Mandel -- The DHMO Song
Kevin Wald -- Banned from Aleph -- transfinite cardinalities

technology ... especially computers and Internet
Dave Rogers -- The Newbie's Song
Rich Brown -- If I Were A Spammer
Daniel P. Dern -- Semi-Poetic Justice: We've Grepped A Little List -- Net abuse
Tom Holt -- Newsgroup personality -- G&S meets the troll
Tom Holt -- Windows On My Mind
Heather Rose Jones -- Answering Machines of Harlech
spatula -- The Flamer
Dave Weingart -- Vaxymandius

space flight ... often laments for the lost opportunities -- The NASA Workforce Lament 1993-95
Leslie Fish -- Hope Eyrie
Kathy Mar -- Do Something

fantasy, fandom and SCA ... Society for Creative Anacronism
Harold Feld -- The Wise Fen and The Filk -- just what is filk?
Ioseph of Locksley -- I'll See Your Six! -- when Mundania meets the SCA
Gordon McDonald, Jr. -- You Can't Keep Me From Singing
Kay Shapero -- In the Long Run... -- short sighted vampires
Aurora Borealis Medicine Turkey -- The Eve Of Midwinter -- pagan "The Night Before Christmas"

In response to the standard warning: "Do not meddle in the affairs of bards, for they are unsubtle, and your name scans to Greensleeves", Joe Kesselman instafilked:
Alas, my friend, thou didst me wrong
To mock me so discourteously
But now thy name is in my song
And it's my turn to mock at thee!