Even mad scientists can have relationship troubles and Professor Incognito tries to explain everything in a list to his girlfriend. He goes over their relationship and his thoughts from how her brother treats the professor to how many skulls would go into a throne. He even talks about his feelings toward their therapist and his new Martian friends in “Professor Incognito Apologizes: An Itemized List” by Austin Grossman. This tongue-in-cheek story is in The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination edited by John Joseph Adams which is a wildly creative collection of short stories that feature mad scientists.
Some of the stories are humorous while others have an edge like the dark irony in “The Food Taster’s Boy” by Ben A. Winters. In this work a mad scientist has taken over the world and gotten the power he has always dreamed of having, but this mad scientist finds that complete domination isn’t everything. There are twenty-two stories in this collection which includes the authors David Farland, Alan Dean Foster, Diana Gabaldon, Laird Barron, and Harry Turtledove.