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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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    An amusingly entertaining read

    Those poor security officers in the red shirts that seemed to die every time Kirk and Spock went on an away mission? This book is about them. On the surface, this is a spoof of those original Star Trek episodes, but as you read further you realize it is something more. Written with Scalzi's fantastic humor that kept me chuckling throughout, the story takes a rather interesting left turn that kept me coming back for more to find out exactly what is going on aboard the Universal Union ship Intrepid. Definitely recommended for fans of John Scalzi and science fiction in general.

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    Excellent satire with serious heart

    Good for quite a few laughs and yet deeper and more heartfelt than it seems at first. It's fun, it's experimental, it's meta, but like all great stories it's about growing as a human being. Any fan of the genre who is a student of life will love this book.

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    Redshirts

    Was funny and good.

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    @scalzi is a genius

    Redshirts is a mockery of televised science fiction and also much more. Much more. A simple parody of the notorious "that-character-is wearing-a-red-shirt-so-you-know-he's gonna-die" trope/cliche/plot device from Star Trek would have not been particularly interesting if written by a less skilled author. (Anyone rolling their eyes toward the heavens imploring deliverance from such a story, as I did for months before reading it, rest assured, it is well worth reading.) Mr. Scalzi lifts the premise beyond the usual pap one would expect to create a unique, well crafted story with flawless characterization and plotting. The story ends with three epilogues that resolve loose ends and allow the reader to feel the plight of the characters and feel their emotions at the close of the story.

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    Redshirts

    It was funny. That's possibly the lamest review I've written. It's been a long night. Seriously though it was a good entertaining read

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