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Miniatures Audiobook

Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

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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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  • America Masaros
    Wisconsin
    3/01/17
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    "Funny!"

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

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Andre Wallace Simonsen
    United States
    5/01/17
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    "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"

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ofer
    5/01/17
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    "Hilarious Sci-Fi"

    A hilarious compilation of short sci-fi stories that has a little for everyone: Star Trek fans, Star Wars fans, pet lovers, teachers, corporate employees and diplomats.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Terry
    Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA
    17/01/17
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    "wasted time and money love john scalzi not this"

    not worth the money in my opinion not worth the time either dot dot dot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    16/01/17
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    "brilliant."

    this is a great collection of short stories. the narrators are all very good and are paired well with the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    YORBA LINDA, CA, United States
    14/01/17
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    "Just a waste..."

    Just a bunch of lower quality short stories from Scalzi. Most attempt to be funny and just fail. Scalzi has much better works out there, that I really enjoyed. This is not even close.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blakjkpnut
    12/01/17
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    "Great variety of stories, with intros by author."
    What did you love best about Miniatures?

    Most of the stories made me laugh out loud! And since I listened to it in the car, I got some really funny looks. (Which, in my opinion, makes it just that much more fun!)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miniatures?

    Hard to choose because each of the stories is so unique. My favorite is 'Denise Jones, Superbooker'. OMG!! So hilarious! The last 'story', though, is a poem he wrote to Penelope (wife of Odysseus), which is extremely sweet. Very touching.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    So many characters, so many voices.... The kids in the Lemonade story had the perfect whiny tones. Ha!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessary because the stories are so short, but I did want to because it was so entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not have asked for a more enjoyable two+ hours of entertainment. If you like Scalzi's work, this is a must-have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/01/17
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    "Enjoyable and, sometimes, brilliant"

    Some of these short stories are excellent and quite funny. This is particularly true for most of, but not all, of the "alien encounter" variations that make up the solid core of the collection. Mr Scalzis own comments on his stories are interesting, but perhaps they do contribute to a (very slight) tendency towards chattiness that creeps in now and then. The book is certainly enjoyable as it is, but I feel that by replacing some of the less interesting stories, cutting out the comments alltogether and by doing just a little bit of extra polishing on the best stories this volume could have become a real classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nomad 2009
    Madison, WI, USA
    6/01/17
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    "Overall, more great stories than okay ones"

    I'm not generally a short story person, but I am a John Scalzi person. Overall, there were a lot of stories that I really liked. And there were a couple that were okay but not gripping. And I'm not a poetry fan.
    If you like Scalzi, you'll like this. The narrators do an amazing job. If you're not generally a short story person, listen to the stories and narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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