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    Inhaltsangabe

    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.

    Kritikerstimmen

    "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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    Das besondere an dieser Audio-Sammlung sind die Einführungen vom Author selbst: man erfährt von ihm einiges an Hintergrund zu den Geschichten, die aus allen Perioden seines bisherigen Schaffens stammen.

    Jede ist anders und wird auch von jemand anderem vorgetragen. Manche sind einfach brillant, die meisten sind sehr gut und nur bei einer war Scalzi's einführende Warnung zutreffend. Die letzte der Geschichten, ein erster Versuch aus der Highschool-Zeit, hätte er sich sparen können. Aber wie sagt er selbst: keine Angst, keine dauert lang..