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Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi By John Scalzi Natalie Metzger 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 un
  • Title: Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
  • Author: John Scalzi Natalie Metzger
  • ISBN: 9781596068124
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi By John Scalzi Natalie Metzger 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 MiniaturesThe 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.
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    1. John Scalzi Natalie Metzger

      John Scalzi, having declared his absolute boredom with biographies, disappeared in a puff of glitter and lilac scent If you want to contact John, using the mail function here is a really bad way to do it Go to his site and use the contact information you find there.

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    1. 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 wit [...]


    2. 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 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 [...]


    3. Hilarious.No kidding, I laughed out loud A LOT, frequently, 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 contact level but on a 2,344,756th level that is, when it s not anything new any Fans who loved his novels like Agent to the Stars, Old Man s War, Redshirts and The Android s Dream will know what I m talking about Scalzi has a great way of describing the extraordinary in common, very ordinary terms, and like the c [...]


    4. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

      Instagram Twitter Facebook 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 as opposed to laugh out loud funny I think it s because being funny in book form requires a different strategy than oral or physical timing You really have to be able to get inside your readers heads since you don t have the feedback of a live audience to hand you clues, and it requires a different sense of timing Language [...]


    5. 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 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 2,500 words or less Some of them were published previously but a good majority o [...]


    6. 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 my very favorites were the commentaries by the smart appliances, and the alien human school announcements Well and the little skit that could accompany Redshirts Lots of fun stuff in here, and it is a quick, easy read well worth checking out.



    7. 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 hell out of Your Hatemail Will Be Graded, hasn t bestirred herself to sample the fiction Of course she could find the time to read Handmaid s Tale a third time in preparation for for her exam, but does Agent to the Stars get even a cursory glance I really thought the daughters would go for Zoe s Tale [...]


    8. 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 work with me I don t even think I cracked a smile once Reading is such a subjective experience and humor is even of one, so please don t listen to me You may find this hilarious Two good things about this collection 1 The stories are really short In the introduction, Scalzi credits his previous career as [...]


    9. 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 then three times again on April 29th, lol and I laugh out loud at so many lines within it I even have bookmarks set for some of the LOL lines On or around May 6, 2017, I listened to it for the 12th time and I found that I wasn t laughing quite as much as I did on the earlier readings, because I knew what wa [...]


    10. 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 story was like a rich confection at the end of a satisfying meal I m not sure I d approach this cover to cover, as there s quite a lot of thematic overlap, if not downright replay The material would likely stale As a balm it was perfect There were no true duds, and as Scalzi points out, even if there were [...]


    11. While some of these we re cute and entertaining Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back was my favorite The poor bidet , the last one Penelope was a miss for me, as was When The Yogurt Took Over and a couple others, thus taking it from 5 star to 4 But overall they were fun and quick Just what I needed for my 2 hour Readathon prep



    12. 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 do But a look at the myriad of pale imitators who have tried and fallen short continues to prove that being funny on the printed page isn t as easy as it first appears.Every once in a while an author comes along who is able to channel what made Adams and Pratchett work so well And while not all of [...]


    13. How is cracking open John Scalzi s Miniatures like popping open a bag of chips Because is is heard to devour just one Really, it is hard to stop with just one of these short, generally strange tales You have Pluto riffing on Pop music and his place in the cosmos Then there are your appliances talking behind your backs about your habits or lack thereof Booking agencies for super heroes and super villains Not to mention the human alien interaction riffs on office life Of course the computer will n [...]


    14. 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 here about sentient youghourt ruling the world, a superhero booking agent, complaints form smart applicances, absurdities of human alien interaction All this and a poem for Penelope Highlty recommended.


    15. This book is short and light weight but gloriously funny, filled with John Scalzi s imagination par excellence I laughed all the way through and was sorry when it ended Recommended to all my friends here to brighten their day.


    16. 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 and aliens He finds the situation when humans aliens are familiar with each other and gets the humour from those interactions.Favourites Alien Animal EncountersDenise Jones, Superbooker The State of Super VillainyTo Sue the World




    17. I m giving this four stars for the stories that I did read however there are some that I skipped because they were not appealing to me.


    18. 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 His legions of fans and many awards testify to the popularity of his longer SF Now in this short book readers have a chance to sample Scalzi s other speed Whichever speed Scalzi is writing in, a gear he favors is humor, and all of the selections in the book except the last, which is also the only poem, are humo [...]


    19. Received to review via Netgalley publication date 31st December 2016Miniatures is a collection of Scalzi s very short fiction, plus one poem Most of it is humorous, and if you re au fait with Scalzi s humour then you know what to expect It s or less like reading his twitter feed in fact, two of the stories come from his twitter feed They re funny because they treat aliens as routine, there s fart humour if you find that funny , etc.It s a fun collection, but not exactly satisfying the stories h [...]


    20. This collection was so funny I ve never read anything wrote by this guy, but I really liked him.He s funny, a good storyteller and writer, brilliant and with an unusual poin of view that I love, I really do My favourite was the one with the gremlin especially the second one , I laughed out loud I swear, but I found myself smiling in well, almost anyone of them, except the one implying zoorastia though is a fiction about an alien pet, I can t stand animal abuse like any kind of it in this one, ca [...]


    21. A terrific collection of very short fiction from the award winning John Scalzi With one exception, none of these are stories in the traditional sense they re employee memos, interviews, speeches, tweets, and fake encyclopedia type entries Other than one story I didn t like at all, the rest weren t just good, but well above average Unique Clever And often very funny I found myself laughing out loud at a number of them Highly recommended.


    22. Ahoy there me mateys I received this sci fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings .Okay so it may be no secret to me crew that I am kinda in love with John Scalzi s novels He has been featured on a Broadside, had the dispatcher reviewed by both me and the First Mate, and writes a blog called Whatever, that I follow regularly So when the man himself blogged about the release of this short story collection I knew I wanted to read it When I was on Netgall [...]


    23. The Miniatures is a collection of science fiction short stories Some are very short just a few minutes long They re all humorous I think my favorite was the one about smart appliances talking about their owners behind their owners backs If you ve ever wondered if your smart appliances are judging you, well, guess what they are Another story that stood out to me was the interview with the agent for superheroes Who knew hiring a superhero to save your city was so complicated They never show the co [...]


    24. Something about this just didn t click for me I like Scalzi s longer fiction and I love his blog, but the stories in this book were just too damn twee for me to really enjoy It didn t help that most of the introductions, and especially any that involved naming other people, were downright masturbatory On the one hand, I understand he s trying to set the stage for the story on the other hand, nearly every time he mentioned Wil Wheaton s name, it read like LOOK AT THIS FAMOUS PERSON I KNOW


    25. Freaking adorable and funny short stories Scalzi has a knack for keeping your interest piqued Loved this book


    26. What fun Scalzi in his element Humor plus under 2000 words I think that s what he was born for Hard hitting, savvy and laughing out loud good Heartily recommended, especially for non believers My favourite The AI are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest , it s so smart, you ll choke after the laugh, when realization hits you.One of the stories can be found here youtu Zz5S2x_tJ70 performed by Scalzi himself and Wil Wheaton several levels of funny in front of an a [...]


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