Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
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Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi


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.”

Title:Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:142 pages

    Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi Reviews

  • Brad
    Dec 13, 2016

    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!I've been a pretty consistent fan of Scalzi so when I got a chance to read his short stories before publication, I jumped on it with zeal.His trademark humor works grea...

  • Lyn
    Dec 18, 2016

    Hilarious.No kidding, I laughed out loud A LOT, frequently, more than once. Scalzi can be very, very funny.As he says it himself “I like the idea of humans dealing with aliens not on a “first cont...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?
    Dec 19, 2016

    3.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:Minatures (2016) is an amusingly absurd collection of seventeen super-short science fiction/fantasy sketches, plus one serious poem, about P...

  • Kevin
    Jan 20, 2017

    Slightly better then 2 star, a few stories I enjoyed, most were just ok....

  • Kaethe
    Mar 04, 2017

    Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi I'm hoping that this id the gateway book for the rest of the family. So far I haven't talked two of them into anything, and the one who's enjoyed the...

  • Guillermo
    Dec 23, 2016

    I really like John Scalzi. Thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the Old Man’s War series and plan on finishing that series at some point. But this short story collection just really didn’t ...

  • Nenia *The Flagrant Liberal* Campbell
    Dec 19, 2016

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestJohn Scalzi is hilarious. So many authors try to write "humor" but the vast majority of them utterly fail at, or only accomplish being amusing a...

  • Michael
    Jan 01, 2017

    Because many fans first entry point into the sci-fi/fantasy world is Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, it can be easy to assume that writing funny genre pieces is something that just about anybody can...

  • Jacey
    Nov 11, 2016

    I'm not generally a great reader of short stories, but these are short stories by John Scalzi. OK, I thought - I'll give it a go. I'm glad I did. Verging on the humourous (mostly) there are stories he...

  • Geoff
    Mar 24, 2017

    An amusing collection of very short fiction from John Scalzi. I'll sum up the collection by saying that Scalzi admits he enjoys writing his short fiction about the 3rd or 4th meetings between humans a...