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ISBN13: 9780765334794
ISBN10: 0765334798
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Staff Pick

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.
Recommended by Billie Bloebaum, Powell's Books at PDX

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.
Recommended by Jordan G., Powells.com

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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.

Review:

“A real joy to read….It's hard to imagine a reader who wouldn't enjoy this one.” Booklist, starred review

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

Review:

“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

Review:

“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

Synopsis:

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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Dustin Tran, January 28, 2014 (view all comments by Dustin Tran)
If you are a fan of epic space operas like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica - or, oppositely, get a good laugh at the overly contrived scenarios our protagonists somehow narrowly escapes and complete ignorance of any actual science, this book is for you.

The novel, Redshirts, follows the story of Ensign Andrew Dahl who has been recruited to join the Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since 2456. At first everything seems to follow an all too predictable plotline - full of aliens and killer robots - that leave crew members dead and replaced while Senior Officers plan the next mission, until characters finally catch wind of the unsettling death pattern and decide to take the narrative into their own hands before they fall victim to flesh eating bacteria, carnivorous worms... or worse. This makes for a unique twist in a familiar world, that will leave both the fans and critics of the genre satisfied and feeling in on the joke.

Redshirts is a quick read, full of wit, space battles, smart dialogue, and is easily one of the funniest books I've read in the last two years. While you truly don't need to be a devoted Star Trek buff to appreciate all the references, it makes them all the more sweeter.
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nrlymrtl, January 17, 2014 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Xenobiology team of the ship Intrepid, and he is very excited about this. It is a prestigious posting. Once on board, he realizes there is a certain feel running through the lower ranks. No one wants to go on away mission as they seem to always result in some lethal outcome; lethal to those ranks dressed in red shirts. As Dahl unfolds this mystery, he finds that luck plays a part and that an officer that has managed to hide himself in the ship’s innards for years may know enough to solve this mystery.

Oh, and there is a box. Whenever one of the senior officers give the science teams some unsolvable conundrum, they feed it into The Box and let it be for a few hours. Sooner or later it spits out some answer and the mission goes on.

This parody on Star Trek was such a delight to listen to. Joking within the lower ranks intersperses the action scenes, and a dash of more serious emotional content is thrown in for roundness. Of course the answer to their conundrum was quite amusing; I won’t spoil it for you but it made total sense and even if you saw it coming it was still worth a chuckle once it was said out loud. The ending was a bit rushed and I think I could have used another chapter or two in order to keep the same pacing and to allow for the same amount of humor. But taken all together, a very enjoyable, humorous read.
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PM, January 14, 2014 (view all comments by PM)
Fun, hilarious sci-fi novel. Reminds me of Douglas Adams wit. Great characters, twisting plot, and delightful dialogue. Second book I've read by John Scalzi and I am not disappointed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765334794
Author:
Scalzi, John
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130115
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 320 pages Tor Books - English 9780765334794 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , “A real joy to read….It's hard to imagine a reader who wouldn't enjoy this one.”
"Review" by , “John Scalzi sets his imagination to STUN and scores a direct hit. Read on and prosper.”
"Review" by , “Scalzi takes apart the whole Star Trek universe and puts it back together far more plausibly — and a lot funnier too.”
"Review" by , “I can honestly say I can't think of another book that ever made me laugh this much. Ever.”
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback: John Scalzi's New York Times bestselling tale of the starship ensigns who were expendable… until they started comparing notes.
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