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Redshirts (edition 2012)

by John Scalzi

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Member:sawyl
Title:Redshirts
Authors:John Scalzi
Info:Gollancz (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library, ebooks
Rating:****1/2
Tags:science fiction, 2012

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Redshirts by John Scalzi

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A fun read for a star trek fan. Not a lot of substance. ( )
  Berardo.Ioannoni | Jun 23, 2017 |
A fun read for a star trek fan. Not a lot of substance. ( )
  Berardo.Ioannoni | Jun 23, 2017 |
9/26/12 Wow. Excellent! I laughed, I cried (seriously, I just cried through the last few minutes of it) I loved it! Must find more Scalzi, and Wheaton is an awesome narrator that could bring it to life!

7/14/13 Update: Listened to this one again with Hubs on vacation since he was a captive audience and I wanted to share it with him! ( )
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
Fun, inventive and humorous listen. I could have done without the codas, but otherwise great book. ( )
  CorbettBuchly | Jun 9, 2017 |
This audio book takes place in an alternate universe very similar to Star Trek: TOS. The plot line is along the idea that the ships captain, doctor, first officer and other "main characters" never seem to get hurt seriously, but the low lifers, the red shirts all die whenever dramatically appropriate. Its the story of these low profile folks trying to find out why. As weird as that seems, its gets even odder when the crazy conspiracy theory that they are actually a part of a really bad science fiction show turns out to be correct. As much as that sounds like a spoiler, its not. It's really out there, its really bad, but its really good at being bad. You know that going into a story with such a preface, and for what it is, its certainly an expansion on philosophy of fandom and science fiction, its the birds of feather conversations of Penguicon brought to life. ( )
  fulner | May 30, 2017 |
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Hayden, Patrick NielsenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lutjen, PeterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Redshirts is dedicated to the following:

To Will Wheaton, whom I heart with all the hearty heartiness a heart can heart;

To Mykal Burns, my friend since the TRS-80 days at the Glendora Public Library;

And to Joe Mallozzi and Brad Wright, who took me to space with them.
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From the top of the large boulder he sat on, Ensign Tom Davis looked across the expanse of the cave toward Captain Lucius Abernathy, Science Officer Q'eeng and Chief Engineer Paul West perched on a second, larger boulder, and thought, Well, this sucks.
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"Someone who knows that no matter what, you don't deal upward on the chain of command," Dahl said. The crewman grinned.
"I don't think luck had much to do with it."
"That's it? 'The Box'?" Dahl said.

"If it makes you feel better to think it's an experimental quantum-based computer with advanced inductive artificial intelligence capacity, whose design origins comes to us from an advanced but extinct race of warrior-engineers, then you can think about it that way," Collins said.

"Is that actually what it is?" Dahl asked.

"Sure," Collins said . . .
“In other words, crew deaths are a feature, not a bug,” Cassaway said, dryly.
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Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It's a prestige posting, and Andrew is even more thrilled to be assigned to the ship's xenobiology laboratory, with the chance to serve on "Away Missions" alongside the starship's famous senior officers.

Life couldn't be better... until Andrew begins to realize that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship's captain, its chief science officers, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) sadly, at least one low-ranked crew member is invariably killed.

Unsurprisingly, the savvier members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues' understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is... and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

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Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.… (more)

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