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READ & DOWNLOAD ´ Miniatures The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi Á 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 aEs 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 HonestJohn Scalzi is the New York Times best selling 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 pieFull cast of narrators includes Oliver Wyman Dina Pearlman and Allyson Johns. Read in the Miniatures The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi anthology A slow burn funny read it started ok but the final gross encounter made me laugh for goodMerged reviewAn hilarious short tale about the dangers of being a crew member of some Universal Union space shipIt made me laugh a lot and now I wanna read Scalzi's Redshirts novel as soon as possibleThere is an amusing funny video on youtube with the author and Will Wheaton reading this story you can watch it here


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 ScalziThese four stories along with 14 other pieces have one thing in common They're short sharp and to the point s. 35 stars Review first posted on Fantasy Literature Minatures is an amusingly absurd collection of seventeen super short science fictionfantasy sketches plus one serious poem about Penelope the wife of Odysseus In large part these works don’t have any discernible plot; they’re humorous idea driven short pieces what kind of snarky things would your smart appliances have to say about you if they could speak What if artificial intelligences had a debate about what to do with humans What if yogurt became sentient and took over the world If a retail store sent out a memo to employees on how to deal with alien shoppers what would it say Perhaps thisIf a Manxtse adult asks to purchase your canned white salmon be aware that this adult may in fact be proposing betrothal and is also probably mentally disturbed in some way Under no circumstances should you respond affirmatively as the betrothal ritual begins immediately after an acceptance and the first act is a loud piercing bellow that acts to warn away other suitors Such noise is obviously disruptive of our other customers’ shopping experienceSome of my favorites were“Denise Jones Superbooker” A mock transcript of an interview with Denise Jones booker for superhero appearances who explains the difficulties involved in booking precisely the right superhero for the particular monster attacking your city and the troubles when the owners of destroyed property try to sue the superhero for negligence after that those cities’ calls for help tend not to get returned by the superbooker“The State of Super Villainy” A companion piece because “villains need love too” An analyst explains in a uestion and answer session how large companies plan for super villain attacks so they can better plan their investments and asset managementA But this is my point The overwhelming majority of super villain plans fail and fail hard We weren’t too concerned about Colonel Unbelievable actually bringing down Iceland The man’s 0 for 14 in his super villain plans He didn’t take over Liberia either which he had planned a year before He also didn’t revive the zombie Jefferson Davis turn the world’s oceans to marshmallow or release Guns N Roses’ long delayed Chinese Democracy album all of which were on his schedule Chinese Democracy did get released though A Yes but not with subliminal sonic pain generators encoded into the tracks Some would argue A Fine“Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back” The home air ionizer complains about its owner who eats far too many lentils The thermostat grumbles about a couple who passively aggressively fight over the temperature of the home ignoring that it has dual climate zone controls The intelligent toilet and bidet wails about its life in general “WHY WOULD ANYONE EVEN THINK TO GIVE A TOILET INTELLIGENCE WHAT HORRIBLE PERSON WOULD DO THAT WHY IS THIS MY LIFE” The self cleaning cat box is not impressed with the toilet’s difficultiesMost of these short works were previously published but a few are new and exclusive to this collection Miniatures is uite short ― not just the individual pieces but the entire collection Personally I would have liked plot driven stories but there are so many laugh out loud moments here This would be a great bathroom book read hopefully however not on an intelligent toilet I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a review Thank you

REVIEW Miniatures The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

Miniatures The Very Short Fiction of John ScalziCience fiction in miniature with none of the stories longer than 2300 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 wouldSpanning the years from 1991 to 2016 this collection is a uarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best and features four never before published stories exclusive to this collection Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspeci. This little book was just FUNI 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 than one hundred pages long Thankfully that wasn't the case with Miniatures I found this very short fiction collection extremely entertaining and the perfect light read to distract me from real life stuff Each story is 2500 words or less Some of them were published previously but a good majority of them were new to this collection And all of them excepting the last story on that in a moment are very funnyHighlights include•Alien Animal Encounters This one is told in interview style as humans have encounters with alien life on Earth only the aliens are a pretty normal every day occurrence This is a theme Scalzi revisits several times over the collection and he is very good at mining humor from the normalization of alienhuman interactions•Missives from Possible Futures #1 Alternate History Search Results Probably my favorite from the collection or close to There's a search engine that can tell you all the possible alternate histories if something in history had changed ie if Hitler hadn't died or died differently•When the Yogurt Took Over Sentient yogurt takes over and is the best of all possible rulers This is a frighteningly effective commentary I think•New Directives for Employee Manxtse Interactions This is the other story in the running for favorite It's essentially a manual for humans in a corporation on how to interact with their alien counterparts I LOLed on multiple occasions•Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back The title is pretty self explanatoryI listened to the audio version and I can highly recommend it It's just a couple of hours long and the various narrators work well with Scalzi's voice especially the very talented Luke Daniels who I find personally hilariousThe only thing that didn't work for me was the last story in the collection which was not a story or even humorous but a serious poem about Penelope she of The Odyssey I didn't think it fit the tone of the collection at all however Scalzi may be proud of it He would have been better served putting another story in its placeOverall definitely worth checking out for Scalzi fans and probably works great as an intro to Scalzi's writing as well if you're interested in checking him outRead Harder Challenge 2017 A book published by a micropress