Redshirts - John Scalzi


By John Scalzi

  • Release Date: 2012-06-05
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Size: 732.35 KB
Score: 4
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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 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 expendedon 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.

Redshirts is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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  • Neat book mate

    By Person 183
    Every universe you write a book on is another universe that an author is destroyed. Scalzi please don't kill us I don't want to go mad with power. The story was also very predictable due to the invisible star trek patterns that scalzi figured out. But don't worry we will end this madness once and for all.
  • Last of Several Hundred

    By Crowcaine64
    I have read multiple hundreds of books in my life and this has got to be the dumbest most disappointing book that I have ever read. I actually thought that the part with the crazy machines had to be a dream and when I realized that it was actually real I almost quit reading. I just had to quit later on anyway. This is even more disappointing considering all of the enjoyment which I have derived from all of the other books that I have read by this author.
  • It's Good

    By npuzar
    Take Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and the movie Galaxy Quest. Through in references from Star Wars, Dune, and The 6 Million Dollar Man, and you've got Redshirts a pretty funny and pretty touching story.
  • Hilariously thought provoking.

    By JBents
    A trip through space through the eyes of the often overlooked with enough twists to keep you reading. A must read for anyone that likes the space military books or shows.
  • Oh well, it was mostly good.

    By RiccoV
    This is a really good read, for the first 200+ pages. Then it really takes a turn for the worse. I've read most of John's books and had nothing to criticize. You'll like the story. Great fun. But skip the last 30-40 pages.
  • Stunned it Won

    By Polarity Reversal
    I am stunned that Redshirts won the Hugo. I keep googling it to make sure I didn't misread it or something. But it did. It won the Hugo. Not that it's terrible or anything. It's OK, but that's about all you can say for it. What on earth has happened to the Hugos? Maybe it all really is just a bad science-fiction television show.
  • Surprises you

    By sarahcycles
    I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was a great read that also provides excellent social commentary.
  • Excellent story

    By NASAMan
    This book was very entertaining, thought provoking, and touching at the same time. In some ways, it reminds me of an old Star Trek novel where Kirk, Spock and McCoy are replaced by the actors that portray them in a futuristic adventure. This story goes much further, delving into the thoughts and feelings of characters along both sides of the main story divide.
  • ... and yet not what I expected

    By Data Wrangler
    I enjoyed this. Anyone familiar with the "Red Shirts" can imagine what it might be about. It was ...
  • Very enjoyable!

    By Stephen Richards
    Very silly, lots of fun, poinant ending, well worth reading