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Publisher's Summary

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 14 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-published 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".
John 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 pie.
Full cast of narrators includes Oliver Wyman, Dina Pearlman, and Allyson Johnson.
©2016 John Scalzi (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"The production includes six narrators, including Scalzi, with each taking on two or more stories. This proves a smart choice.... Between the narrators and the stories, this collection proves to be a perfect introduction for listeners wanting to get a comprehensive sense of Scalzi's style." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Andre Wallace Simonsen on 01-05-17

Small doses of "Scalzian" humor

If you answer yes to any of these next question you should totally get this audiobook:

1) Do you like short and "laugh out loud" science fiction?

2) Do you wonder what human interaction with aliens on a daily basis in school or in the workplace would be like?

3) Do you find the idea of human annihilation by AI or an intelligent Randian Yogurt possibly funny?

4) Does the idea of security risk assessment regarding spaceship travels or super heroes/villains amuse you?

5) All of the above?

Obs: if you like this, get "Redshirts" and/or "Fuzzy Nation"

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5 out of 5 stars
By ALM on 01-03-17


I laughed hard enough that strangers asked me if I was all right. It was the Janissaries.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jack on 01-30-18

Great, imaginative, funny stories

Really enjoyed this. I had already heard colapsing empire and red shirts but this was good as it showed a nice breadth of ideas.

My particular favourite was the fall of the society of the frogs and the first squid on the moon.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 09-04-17

From Adequate to Badequate

This collection is a mixed bag, much in the same way that a bag of garbage is also a mixed bag. Not everything in there is useless, if you were to rewire the plug in the toaster it'd probably work fine, but as no one wants to go to the effort of making any of it good it'd just being heaped together and thrown out.

There were occasions where I thought something was sort of funny but on these rare occasions the story would immediately swing back and beat the joke to death. It's almost as if the author is afraid to do a subtle joke as that would give the reader too much of a chance to miss it, instead it has to begin subtle and then immediately make it perfectly clear just what the joke was, why it was funny and why hearing it another dozen times will re-enforce just how funny it was. This entire series feels like some kind of scientific experiment to grind jokes into dust and then examine the remains to see if we can discover the funny atom. We can't, joke is dead.

Narration was generally fine though.

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