Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

by John Scalzi

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The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity.

Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

These four stories, along with fourteen other pieces, have one thing in common: They're short, sharp, and to the point--science fiction in miniature, with none of the stories longer than 2,300 words. But in that short space exist entire universes, absurd situations, and the sort of futuristic humor that propelled Scalzi to a Hugo with his novel Redshirts. Not to mention yogurt taking over the world (as it would).

Spanning the years from 1991 to 2016, this collection is a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: "Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth," "Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back," "Important Holidays on Gronghu" and "The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest."

John Scalzi is the New York Times bestselling author of Old Man's War, Lock In and Redshirts, among others. His work has won the Hugo and Locus Awards and been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell Awards. He lives in Ohio and online. He enjoys pie.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157142087
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 12/31/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 26,223
File size: 3 MB

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SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi is entertaining, hilarious, and a very highly recommended collection of 18 stories and one poem. All the pieces were written from 1991 to the present. Four have never been in print before this collection. "There are 18 pieces in the collection, the longest of which is a whopping 2,296 words long, including the title; the shortest, just 427 words. The average piece length is 1,310 words. The forms of the stories - interviews, memos, even Twitter posts and search results - have brevity in mind. Nearly all of them are meant to be funny (one’s not. You’ll know it when you see it). Four of the pieces are original to this collection; they’ve never been printed elsewhere." I enjoyed every piece included in this well-written, clever collection (with the exception of the last one, which is a poem). A couple of my favorites that had me laughing out loud to the point of tears are marked with an asterisk, or two. CONTENTS: Introduction *Alien Animal Encounters - Various people answer the question: "What is the most interesting encounter you've ever had with an alien animal species?" Missives from Possible Futures #1: Alternate History Search Results - Various scenarios featuring ways Hitler died and the resulting changes in the historical record. Pluto Tells All - The dwarf planet shares a few thoughts about his demotion *Denise Jones, Superbooker - interview with the Super Hero Booking Coordinator for the International Society of Super Beings. *When the Yogurt Took Over - Intelligent yogurt takes over. The Other Large Thing - the master of the house meets a new accolade. The State of Super Villainy - An interview with a super villain analyst for a management company **New Directives for Employee - Manxtse Interactions - Memo from FoodMaster Supermarkets to employees regarding Employee - Manxtse Interactions. *To Sue the World - A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. How I Keep Myself Amused on Long Flights: A Twitter Tale - self-explanatory How I Keep Myself Amused on Long Flights, Part II: The Gremlining - self-explanatory *Life On Earth: Human-Alien Relations - An advice column answers questions on human-alien interaction in the office *Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth - self-explanatory **Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back - self-explanatory The AI are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest - an open discussion on what to do with humans. **Important Holidays on Gronghu - An office memo on important Gronghu holidays to the staff of the Diplomatic Mission to Gronghu. Cute Adorable Extortionists - the tale of a lemonade stand Penelope- the poem is written to Penelope, wife of Odysseus; non-humorous Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of Subterranean Press.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Lots of humor and imagination. One of my favorite author’s!