I read John Scalzi’s blog “Whatever“, so I’ve been aware of Redshirts for a good while. I bought it just after it was released, but it sat around on my Kindle for some time before I got around to reading it. I’m glad I didn’t wait even longer.

Redshirts by John Scalzi

Title: Redshirts : a novel with three codas
Author: John Scalzi

Publisher: Tor Books
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 318
Originally published: 2012

Genre: Science fiction
The dice landed on: 5
Did I finish?: Yes
Do I like the cover?: Yes

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 thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

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

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. 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.

This was fun.

Having watched the odd episode of Star Trek probably makes it even funnier, but I think this book could work for anyone.The reason is that while it starts out as a parody of Star Trek  it turns into a lot more as the book goes along and the young ensigns figure out what their role in the universe really are. Not to mention when they start trying to do something about being mere redshirts.




Redshirts — 2 Comments

  1. Jeg har en tendens til å kjøpe e-bøker etter innfallsmetoden. Jeg har nettopp hatt et innfall – og Redshirts er nå stilfullt ankommet Kindle’n min 🙂 Takk for tipset! Jeg er også blitt tipset om hans Old Man’s War serie som sambo’en faktisk har i hylla. Den lar jeg vente til Redshirts er fortært. Ha en strålende kveld 🙂

    • Ja, den der 1-click knappen og at kan handle direkte på Kindle’n er av og til veldig farleg for kortbalansen. Kos deg med Redshirts og Old Man’s War.