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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (edition 2013)

by John Scalzi

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Member:mamzel
Title:Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
Authors:John Scalzi
Info:Tor Books (2013), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:2013, Literary Lit (books in book)
Rating:****
Tags:spec fic, screen play, AD, 13 in 13

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The first three pages were fantastic. Then the book kept going. ( )
  lobotomy42 | Jul 3, 2015 |
Another winner from John Scalzi. Inspired by Star Trek and other science fiction shows in which the heroes always survive while the sporting cast is killed right and left, this novel imagines a world in which the show is made real, and the characters must really suffer whatever indignities the writers include in the script. Their off-screen time is their own, but the characters are trapped in this fictional world, at the mercy of the writers, unless they can find a solution before they are written off.

Funny, clever, and engaging. This is not just for star trek fans, I recommend it to anyone who loves quirky novels, adventure, humor, or exploring the line between fiction and reality. ( )
  RobinWebster | Jun 25, 2015 |
A little too meta than I'd love, but pretty good and cheerful. A well-written parody of Star Trek TOS. ( )
  Mint.ChocolateOcelot | Jun 20, 2015 |
To me, Redshirts is organized into two parts. The first part details the story of a few crewmen on the starship Intrepid who realize that their entire universe is controlled by screenwriters on a bad scifi television show, and they are extras fated to die. The story of the crewmen making this bizarre discovery and their attempts to travel to the writers' universe to fix it is pretty engaging and fun to read. However, once the characters solve their problem, the book really changes direction, as we check in with various characters in both worlds to see how this solution affected them. This part of the story didn't really follow a narrative at all, and seemed disjointed. I thought the ending was really good, but at the same time I was perplexed that it involved characters who weren't important to the main plot at all. ( )
  Phrim | Jun 12, 2015 |
Ridiculously good - a new favorite. Philip K. Dickian with some paranoid Charlie Kaufman thrown in for good measure. The audiobook is read by Wil Wheaton; effectively elevating its self-awareness from 'Stun' to 'Kill'. In addition to all of this, it's a powerful message about making something of your life; being the author of your own story. I'll definitely be reading more Scalzi. 5/5 ( )
2 vote heradas | May 31, 2015 |
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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 . . .
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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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