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Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi (2016)

von 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. 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."--… (mehr)
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This is a really well produced audiobook of a good selection of short, humorous sci-fi. Nothing particularly mind-bending or of transcending insight here, but a bunch of very short, interesting stories -- the most consistent theme being "what life will be like once alien/human interactions are routine." It seems like several works were produced specifically for live performance, and as a result, they come across particularly well in the audio performance. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
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 great here. From trade unions and planets to booking agents for super heroes to strongly-worded employee guides at supermarkets where some touchy aliens shop, I can't say there was a story here that I didn't like.

Of course, not all were humorous by nature, but most of them were and I had a great time with all of them.

Expect social commentary, some dry legalese set upon really funny alien situations and a really delightful story about the end of humanity by kitchen appliances. :)

I totally recommend checking these out... but just not for the poetry. Um. Poem. ;)

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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
This is a short collection of stories that includes four pieces of fiction that have never been in print. Several of the stories have a humorous bent to them and overall the stories are great. If you haven’t read his stuff before this is a good starting point or if you prefer shorter fiction. Each story has a small illustration preceding it.


Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
Some fun short-short-stories here, some just silly. ( )
  adzebill | Mar 14, 2019 |
If short stories can sometimes be a difficult medium, because the compressed space they must be worked in often leaves the reader unsatisfied with the way characters and narrative are developed, this collection of very short works from John Scalzi enjoys a different track record: the humorous nature of these stories lends itself quite easily to brevity and they feel more like well-developed jokes than anything else, or like some of the witty posts with which the author delights his blog’s readers.

So here you will find, for example, a mock interview with a very peeved Pluto, whose demotion from the status of planet still burns deeply, despite the abysmal cold in the fringes of our Solar System: the annoyed ex-planet takes this opportunity to vent some of its displeasure toward some old and new adversaries, the scientific community at large and – quite inexplicably – Phil Collins. Just to give you an idea of the tone of these stories, here is a quote directly from the ex-planet:


[…] people start calling me and telling me I'm the newest planet. And I remember saying, I don't know if I want that responsibility. And they said, well, you can't not be a planet now, Walt Disney's already named a character after you. That's really what made a planet. Not the astronomers, but that cartoon dog.


Or we can read the advertisement for a very special travel agency that can send its customers into alternate universes, offering various possible scenarios about a certain event: the example used is the death of Adolf Hitler, and despite the far-from-palatable subject, Mr. Scalzi manages to make you laugh out loud with his vision of alternate futures. My favorite is the one where the time-frame alteration keeps sending the city of Vienna back and back into the past, transforming it into a battleground for competing armies, until


[…] when the time traveling pro-Magyar forces show up, they are slaughtered by everyone else which is tired of all this time-traveling crap, thereby ending the causality loop.


Or again we are treated to a collection of hilariously crazy tweets the author posted to ease his boredom during a long flight, imagining the assault on the plane’s wing operated by a gremlin bent on plunging the vehicle down to earth. If you don’t think this could be funny (especially in the case of people who are not comfortable with flight), reading this brief piece will make you change your mind.

Each story is prefaced by a few words about its inception and history, and all of them are accompanied by little drawings that complement the story to perfection. If you want to spend a couple of light-hearted hours in the company of a favorite author, or if you want to discover John Scalzi’s peculiar brand of humor, this is the perfect place to start.


Originally posted at SPACE and SORCERY BLOG
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  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
Somewhat repetitive in theme, often verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing.
hinzugefügt von rretzler | bearbeitenKirkus Reviews (Oct 15, 2016)
 
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.
hinzugefügt von rretzler | bearbeitenPublishers Weekly (bezahlte Seite) (Oct 3, 2016)
 

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John ScalziHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Berman, FredErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Daniels, LukeEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Ganim, PeterErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Hvam, KhristineErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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