Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Redshirts by John Scalzi


After ensign Andrew Dahl is assigned to a new ship, the Intrepid, he finds his new shipmates engaging in strange behavior. Most perplexing is the sudden disappearance of his fellow crew whenever a senior officer enters the room. When the senior officer leaves, the crew reappears citing immediate work concerns that pulled them away.

Dahl may be a rookie on the Intrepid but he is no idiot. When he gets confirmation from his fellow newbies that the strange crew behavior is widespread, Dahl starts looking for answers. His search yields clues to a strange new reality that encompasses the lives of everyone on the ship.

Here is a hint for you: the title Redshirts is a nod to the science fiction TV series Star Trek and the propensity of the casualties on away missions to don red shirts.

If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that I’ve recommended John Scalzi’s novels on two separate occasions. I return to him because I’m guaranteed to be entertained by a nice mix of humor, action and smart writing set in a science fictional universe. Redshirts continues this fine tradition and takes it a bit further by poking at the tropes of a classic Sci-fi TV series.

Pick up a copy today at VBPL.

Check out the original Star Trek series after you get through with Redshirts.

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