Just read two short stories by science fiction writer John Scalzi. An Election is an interesting, quirky story about an election campaign in a city where humans and aliens cohabit more or less peacefully. There's a fair bit of Scalzi's traemark style of humor, about which folks seem to be sharply divided. I get it and like it, but YMMV. Anyway, at $0.99, what do you have to lose?
In contrast to An Election, which is a stand-alone story, Questions for a Soldier is situated in Scalzi's Old Man's War universe. It'll appeal mainly to fans of those books, since it fills in a bit more of their back story. Having said that, however, Scalzi's ruminations on imperialism and soldiers are worth the $0.99 price of admission even for those who haven't read the series.