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Length: 24 pages

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  • File Size: 146 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (January 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UKNF74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Scalzi writes books, which, considering where you're reading this, makes perfect sense. He's best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller "Redshirts," which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. He enjoys pie, as should all right thinking people. You can get to his blog by typing the word "Whatever" into Google. No, seriously, try it.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ruby Tombstone on March 22, 2012
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This is such a very short story, it really only warrants a short review. So here it is:
It's a cute short story. It's a sci-fi political satire. It's funny and well written. You should probably go read it now.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dick Johnson VINE VOICE on May 6, 2012
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It is only right to have read this public service offering of Scalzi's in an election year. Though this story is about a local election, I'm sure the issues that our candidate, David Sawyer, must consider are as deep as those before our state and national candidates.

Surely, running against insects and other non-human species will be tough for a human candidate, especially since humans are in the minority in the district. What do you offer to voters whose wants are totally incapable of being understood? What do you offer voters who speak such a variety of languages that you can't communicate with more than a few?

Oh, yeah, this is politics. None of that matters if you can instead get enough publicity to overcome all rational reasons for people casting votes. So, there is no difference between David's candidacy and that of our regular candidates. Scalzi has captured that concept perfectly.

Throwing in David's husband, James and the interesting participation of Latasha Jenkins, the author presents the campaign and election in a nutshell, or nutsomething. Humorous throughout, "An Election" does also trigger a few reactions in other parts of the readers' brains. Though that can never be good for those seeking office.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay R. VanOrman on June 18, 2014
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There really needs to be a part two to this short story. We need to know if Canadians will be banned, if pets will be eaten, if massive corruption will be exonerated, thus ensuring the status quo. It ends like a guillotine. Hey, wait a minute, I'm not done with that!

While this is mostly a farce, and a review of current political climes extant today, it does have a measure of potential, that all is not as large and bad as it seems in the mirror. This is not a Heinleinian take on politics. This is closer to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, in the way it feels. One of the disenfranchised has decided to take on the establishment, even if the odds are stacked to a ridiculous degree against. There is hope and salvation in the made attempt.

I don't think you have to be a political junkie to enjoy this story. And maybe if you take your politics far too seriously for your own good, this may not be for you. But if you want a small taste of why so many do not want to have anything to do with politics, this will be an interesting read for you.

I didn't give it 5 stars because it needs as Paul Harvey would say, "The rest...of the story."
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By para on February 5, 2012
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An Election is a very short story that focuses on a human named David, his perhaps unwise decision to run for office in a predominantly alien district, and the hijinks that ensue.

So far all I've read by Scalzi are a few short stories, all of comedic bent. His writing style suits the material well and David's tale is enjoyable. The characters and setting are well developed, almost too much so. There are great details to everything that would seem to support a more substantial offering. While good this was a little lacking for me personally.

David's campaign escapades are amusing and certainly worth the current price ($0.99). If you are more of a fan of comedic shorts than me you will likely enjoy it more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gavin P. Craig on October 9, 2014
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This is a laugh out loud story. Very funny. I read it on an airplane and my wife thought I was disturbing other passengers laughing so much.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 13, 2012
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Great Scalzi work! Love the fact that he's writing more 'shorts'. Harkens back to the golden age of Sci-Fi, Astound! and the like.
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By R. Neil Fisher on July 10, 2014
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Really too short. Are we trying to get a better return by publishing sections (chapters?) priced as a short novel?
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This story is just what my title says. It's one of Scalzi's funnier short stories, the incongruity of alien lives and practices overlaying the American election system. Well worth the price.
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