When I asked Tor editor, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, what “Untitled John Scalzi” was , he swore me to secrecy. John had been writing a book. Wired: Your new novel is called Redshirts. What’s it about? John Scalzi: “ Redshirts” is a concept that goes back to the original Star Trek series. More accurately, the book Redshirts is not just a novel. .. I was going to have him sign eight times–once for each John Scalzi book in my Nook.

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The story gives voice to the plight of those nameless redshirts who were slaughtered on seemingly every away mission. Retrieved 15 July If you want to contact John, using the mail function here is a really bad way to do it.

It’s acalzi properly poignant concept for science fiction, in which beloved characters tend to follow you home.

The rest of the book is three “codas” written from the points of view of three very minor characters from the first part of the story, telling a little more about what happened in their lives after the main story ended. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, redsirts engage customers. Funny enough, but the first part and the humor still completely makes up for the breach of the 4th wall, as well as The Codas.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give scaalzi a second life. And they aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed In the back of my head was the awareness that in this book you were both jojn about writing, and writing about the experience of writing for a science fiction series, which comes really damn close to what you were in fact doing at the time — and yet, thanks to your talent and skill this is the vexing partyou pulled it off.


‘Redshirts’: A Love Letter To Sci-Fi Fans

And of course The Wcalzi, the Science officer and the Lieutenant don’t have a hair harmed. I read redshits story wondering if all of creation will be destroyed by the end. My guess is that Scalzi assumed his readers would be such big fans of the shows he is satirising that they would do all the work themselves, slotting in The Enterprise or Galactica as needed.

View all 39 comments. They always took Ensign So-n-So wearing his red shirt with them. View all 18 comments. The novel features three epilogues. Share your thoughts with other customers.

I wasn’t a tremendous fan of that one either. Dec 23, Scott rated it it was ok Shelves: Scalzi has become one of my favorites for his creativity in a genre It’s never a good thing to johb a red shirt in sci-fi. There are some gaps in the narrative, some stretches in the already strained science, and some oddly thin characterizations, but redshirhs the same this is a winner.

This book is nothing more than comedy with a small bit of an existential crisis added in.

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Denver Devs Sci F Why, to take a recent example of my gritching, can’t I apply for a visa and go to Islandia? I read this in one breath, but it is very short: There’s a lot to make fun of with Trekas fond as I am of it, and it’s not all about the callous and weird ways in which random crew members die.


We don’t follow the main characters anymore.

Scalzi spends the entirety of Coda I expressing the difference between good, bad and just uninspired, which I partially agree with, but which unfortunately is an awkward meta conversation to have in a book that has some of the same issues redshirst brings up. Which is to say, if your instincts told you this was the best format for Red Shirts, it probably was.

A Note About the Format of Redshirts – Whatever

Knowing that their insignificant characters are sure to be “written out” fairly soon, Dahl and the others must find a way into the universe where the show is actually produced, to convince the writers and producer to spare their lives. Or completely demolishing it. Bear in mind that novel lengths are not set in stone: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I kind of hate space stuff. Three and a half stars, for this funny, fast read, with my rating redsihrts tainted by high expectations.

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Too bad as it’s a good idea and had redshlrts not started trying to take itself seriously it could have been many times better than it is. Jul 10, seak rated it liked it Shelves: