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Redshirtsby John Scalzi
2013 Hugo Award
I don't reread books often; I just don't have the time. But this is one book that will get reread annually, if not more often. While the bulk of Redshirts is a comedic romp that gleefully skewers the conventions of sci-fi television, the three codas at the end provide depth and poignancy to what has gone before.
If you're seeking formulaic and uninteresting fan fiction, then this is not the book for you. But if you're looking for adventure, romance, and death-by-ice sharks, then John Scalzi's your man. Ensign Andrew Dahl is assigned to the Intrepid, a laudable starship with a nasty reputation for death and chaos. Low-ranking officers are always, always the first to die on away missions. The bizarre and surprising truth behind all the flagellations and vaporizations defies time and reality, and Scalzi uses first-, second-, and third-person narration to stunning effect. It'll be on your Top 5 list, too. Pinky swear.
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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, 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 a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship's senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs.
Then Andrew stumbles on information that 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.
Redshirts is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
“A real joy to read….It's hard to imagine a reader who wouldn't enjoy this one.” Booklist, starred review
“John Scalzi sets his imagination to STUN and scores a direct hit. Read on and prosper.” Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box
“Scalzi takes apart the whole Star Trek universe and puts it back together far more plausibly — and a lot funnier too.” Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians
“I can honestly say I can't think of another book that ever made me laugh this much. Ever.” Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
Now in paperback: John Scalzi's New York Times bestselling tale of the starship ensigns who were expendable… until they started comparing notes.
About the Author
John Scalzi is the author of several SF novels including the bestselling Old Man's War and its sequels and the New York Times bestseller Fuzzy Nation. A winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Scalzi won the Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his wildly popular blog The Whatever. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.
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