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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Nenia *the flagrant liberal* Campbell
    Dec 18, 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...

  • Ashley
    Mar 25, 2017

    This little book was just FUN.I normally avoid short story collections, since for some reason my brain does the opposite of what you would expect, and refuses to concentrate on any story that is less ...

  • Suzanne
    Jan 07, 2017

    This was a fun collection of short stories - mostly humorous, and many with the general premise that humans have been around aliens for awhile, and what kind of questions /problems are there. I think ...

  • 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...

  • Jen
    Apr 07, 2017

    I LOVE this book. I have listened to it fourteen times now (14!!! Including 11 times just in April 2017: the first six in the first two weeks of April 2017, including three times on April 13th, and th...

  • Valyssia Leigh
    May 26, 2017

    It's a rare talent that can frame a cohesive story in 1,000 words, let alone make his reader laugh. I had great fun with this collection. Doled out one morsel at a time between longer works, each stor...