They are Smol
What if Humanity wasn't the apex predator among the stars?
What if those true apex predators saw mankind and came to the same conclusion: Holy cow they're all adorable.
The They are Smol series takes place in the near future after a disasterous first contact and the subesquent accidental invasion of Earth. Humanity is being uplifted for many reasons; they provide new culture and art on the galactic scene, sure. They can also look at scientific and social problems in a new light - absolutely. Mainly though, it's just to get them to do something productive with their lives and stop setting everything on fire-
Humans, for their part, are oscillating between abject fear at the otherness of their new neighbors and the frustration that they keep placing things on the top shelf.
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I've been reading this over on r/hfy for a while, and now that it's being posted here, I'd just like to take the opportunity to say nice things about it for everyone to see.
It's great. The story is snappy and hilarious and cute and clever. It makes you think, it makes you smile, and sometimes it makes you cry. It's like classic speculative sci-fi that doesn't even pretend to be "normal", and just runs with what's fun, and you should read it.
A strange vision of the relation between human and aliens. Human are just seen as cute things that aliens want to observe kindly. And as human we're trying to be more than that. But is not that simple when your space neighbour can easily destroy you.
The story is original and very fun to read. As a french i'm not very good in english so i don't know if there some mistake but everything is well written. It's very interesting to see two vision of humanity.
This story is seriously a fun read, that can make someone laugh multiple times throughout the story.
It takes place in the near (and far) future, after the first contact Humanity has with another species, went horribly wrong, and devolved in a complete mess because of overeager people from both sides.
Humanity has recovered from what is called the 'Great Clusterfuck', and is now to be considered a equal to the other major sapient space races, even if those races see humans as cute adorable sapients. Many hyinks ensue because of that, it all becomes one weird mess of situations.
Well, characters are nicely done, but due to how the author has written his story, they can get barely any development, they sort of feel like they could be so much more.
There are the occasional kinks in the grammar of this story, but nothing major overall. Anyone that just wants to read without grammar issues, will have no problems reading this story.
The author has decided to go with a espiodic style for his story, making it a collection of arcs, that may or may be not releated to eachother. This has been a great way of telling this story so far. Maybe there is the problem of the invidiual arcs sort of lacking in content, but i dont mind. This story is sort of a mess of perspectives, with there being so many different ones used, normally that would be a problem, but its perfectly fine with this story.
So yeah, surely a great read, you dont even have to be a fan of sci-fi stories to enjoy it, just the comedy alone is a reason to come read this.
I've read this story on HFY already some time ago (thankfully I've forgotten multiple plot points so I'm ready for a reread), and I honestly have to agree with some of the points raised there.
This isn't a story about human triumph. It's a story about a bunch of cowardly depressed primates discovering a large galaxy which hides a lot of wholesomeness under a deceptive cover of fur, scales and feathers. This is the story you're looking for if you desire a scifi that explores many rare themes in a very unique way.
The Smol universe is essentially "What if aliens thought humans are cute and cuddly?" Perfect English, well written, lots of fun, what more can you ask for?
Well, ok. The first story is short enough that while the various alien races are described in some detail, there isn't time for any characters to learn and grow. No gamelit elements, no reincarnations, no chosen one semt to another universe.
But still, it's a lot of fun.
this is one of the best serials to come out of r/hfy this past year. its cute, memes, hilarious, original, and most importantly, there are big dogs that call humans the equivalent of hugs pillows
I love this read. It's really funny and chill, with good comedy throughout (as well as amazing puns /s). All in all a great read and very enjoyable, takes a second to figure out the flow and start to enjoy but once you do, you won't be able to not binge read it in days.
you know it funny when you got me wheezing thru every chapter
style - love the style
grammar - impeccable
story - top notch
character - is the one spot I have a problem, as the alien names can get confusing
I greatly enjoyed the first story arc, it was a wonderful tale of misunderstandings and culture clashes.
Unfortunately it all goes downhill from there. While this novel is not long it is more of a compendium of short stories than an actual novel, and as the author switches over you lose the initial characters you knew and loved, and find new ones that you just dont care about as much. After doing this a few times I found my interest and attention greatly flagging. The novel started with a bang, settled with some thunder, then flopped, gasping for air at the end.
All told its not a bad novel, the author does well with his humour and subject matter, grammer and punctuation are fairly decent. I look forward to future novels from this promising author.
This novel istone of the best on this site. I had to laugh in every chapter and somtimes had to stop reading because i was laughing to hard. And the story is als well written and very interesting. I really hope that this novel will be written till the end!!