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Redshirts by John Scalzi

Redshirts (edition 2012)

by John Scalzi

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Authors:John Scalzi
Info:Gollancz (2012), Kindle Edition, 318 pages
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Redshirts by John Scalzi

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The crew of a Trek-homage starship start to notice the high attrition rate around certain bridge officers, and develop theories (and superstitions) to explain it. Why is their world this way? Is it chance, or was it perhaps... designed? Some even say... written that way? What starts as a tongue-in-cheek romp takes a surprisingly deep and intelligent turn into very meta territory, with smart thoughts on writing, identity, destiny, autonomy, and free will. Also, John Scalzi is one of the coolest, smartest people on the internet. http://whatever.scalzi.com/
  Clevermonkey | Jan 14, 2015 |
The three codas at the end of the book make the book. The story itself is a funny satire of bad science in TV scifi. I loved the old Star Trek and this send up of Kirk, Spock and Scotty was dead on. ( )
  laurieindra | Jan 4, 2015 |
Snappy dialog combined with an over-the-top plot makes for a fast, witty read. I knew going in that this was a play on the old disposable extras meme on the Star Trek TV show, but I had no idea how Scalzi would be playing it. As it turns out, I got a real kick out of the story structure. Not very deep - but highly entertaining. I give it 4 solid stars. ( )
  ScoLgo | Dec 20, 2014 |
I thought this was a really cute book. As a pretty dedicated trekie I had to listen to the audiobook once I found out it was read by Will. He does a really good job bringing the story to life and delivering the punchlines. What brought me out of the story was the author's lack of variety in writing his dialogue. Many times it reads like "----", said A. "----", said B. and so on. It may not have bothered me if I was actually reading it, but as an audiobook it was really distracting. But other than that I really liked the story. I'm a sucker for narcissistic characters so I have a soft spot for Keresnsky. I really loved his drunk scene near the beginning of the story. I think I'll re-read it in the future. ( )
  plaeski | Dec 16, 2014 |
Wow. Again, Scalzi shows to me what good writing really is. Maybe it's the fact that I am big Star Trek fan, but I loved this book so very much. I loved the premise, the overall philosophy, and even how gleefully meta it was.

And getting to listen to Wil Wheaton read it to me? That was just icing on the cake. ( )
  ladypembroke | Nov 22, 2014 |
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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.
"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 . . .
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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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