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:144 pages

    Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi Reviews

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?
    Jan 05, 2017

    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...

  • Guillermo
    Jan 03, 2017

    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 *Readasaurus Reviews* 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...

  • Jennifer
    Jan 18, 2017

    I love John Scalzi's work. I'm a huge fan of Red Shirts, Agent to the Stars and Lock In. I laughed out loud while I read those books. However, it took me until I was 57% through Miniatures until I eve...

  • Marlene
    Dec 30, 2016

    Originally published at Reading RealityRead this one if you need a laugh. Or a chuckle. Or a groan. But not necessarily in that order. Think of Miniatures as a very short, unfortunately temporary anti...

  • Green Onion
    Jan 16, 2017

    I received an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have had to be strategic with my requests on NetGalley. For one, I do not own an e-reader, heck I barely use m...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Dec 25, 2016

    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 ...

  • Angie
    Dec 02, 2016

    Witty and originalIn the Prologue to Miniatures, John Scalzi says that as a fiction writer he feels he has “two natural speeds: novel length … and really short, as in about 2000 words or less.” ...

  • 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...

  • Jen
    Nov 30, 2016

    Full disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.These stories were hilarious (except for the last one, which was a poem and not intended to be funny). ...