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Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

by Natalie Metzger (Illustrator), John Scalzi

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Publishers Weekly
This lighthearted and amusing collection features mostly reprints of Scalzi’s (the Old Man’s War series) shortest fiction, along with four previously unpublished works. Several of the pieces (including “Denise Jones, Superbooker,” “The State of Super Villainy,” and “Life on Earth: Human-Alien Relations”) draw heavily from his newspaper days, taking on the conceit of an interview, internal memo, or advice column. Others (“The Other Large Thing,” “How I Keep Myself Amused on Long Flights—Parts 1 and 2”) are lifted directly from his Twitter feed. Several of these stories are good for a laugh, but some (such as “Cute Adorable Extortionists”) make it clear that the bottom of the writing trunk was carefully scraped. The high price of this slim collectible means only the most faithful Scalzi fans will feel they’re getting their money’s worth. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Who do you call when you need to schedule a superhero to rescue your city or country in crisis? An interview with "Denise Jones, Superbooker" shows you how. Can you really say the world wouldn't be improved if yogurt took over control of the planet? These 18 works (with no piece longer than 2,300 words) represent 25 years of Scalzi (Redshirts) at his most brief. Balancing sharp humor with descriptions of outer-space locations and a side step into ideas "that really can't be possible, right?" Scalzi demonstrates that his narrative skills dominate, no matter how many or how few words he uses. VERDICT Short sf is a boon to a genre that is too often weighed down with massive tomes. Scalzi readers will find these refreshingly concise tales delightful.—KC

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