Thinking Aloud: “Redshirts”

August 1, 2014 by Darius

I recently read Redshirts by John Scalzi.  Redshirts is a highly entertaining satire of the entire science fiction genre.

Several centuries in the future, a young ensign, Andrew Dahl, is assigned to the Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union.  He thinks it’s a great assignment, the chance of his career.  Things start to go awry when Dahl and some of his new friends realize that away missions almost always end with a low-ranking crewmember dying, while the ship’s senior staff always survive.  Moreover, there are moments when the rules of science and physics seem to just go out the window.  Dahl and his friends must find a way to restore normality to their lives without getting killed along the way.

Sound familiar?  Ever seen Star Trek?  Yes or no, Scalzi’s writing is laugh-out-loud funny in places and will be sure to keep you entertained.  Redshirts is smart, satirical, hilarious, and definitely worth a read.

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