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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This is a novel built on a great idea — imagine if all the disposable non-core-cast characters constantly killed for dramatic effect in sci-fi TV shows realised what was happening to them and rebelled against it, doing their damnedest to avoid going on missions with important, non-expendable sfalzi, trying to get transferred off the ship, etc.
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I was more than ready for it to be over. And there is a plot! It can’t not be. Redshirts, which could have been called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Hijack the Ship to Cuba, features an endearing premise that Scalzi admits in these same pages has been visited before by other authors in a variety of media, that a character in a work of fiction gains awareness of the “Narrative” dictating their actions, and tries to understand or change their fate.
More accurately, the book Redshirts is not just a novel. There are times I wonder how Scalzi might have handled a second career, say, as a senator or a hostage negotiator.
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. What I want right now is to be the person who decides my own fate.
Oddly though, I loved the 3 codas at the end. A dramatic remove, yes, but it’s deeply fitting that a book so centered in the fan experience should contain fan fiction; the codas provide a further look into the lives of characters only glimpsed in the main narrative, a comforting meta-redshirt hat-tip that, like the scalai itself, is a love letter to fans of the fannish.
You always have a couple of disposable extras for an away mission.
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It seemed so meta, in a good way. Recommended to Evelina AvalinahsBooks by: Not sure I liked the 4th wall being broken at all.
I do think it works better than it would have the other way. It’s a story that keeps you turning pages, or in the case of this audiobook, that keeps you in your car longer than necessary.
As trying to find out what’s going on is almost equatable to staying alive, Andrew sets out to do just that, and what he finds out about the ship is as crazy and unbelievable as it is true.
Also, for authors with writing block, but I am not entirely sure it would help them in actuality. These are the voyages of the Starship Intrepid. If you bring an editor a story he really likes that iswords long. Jemisin The Obelisk Gate by N. The biggest epiphany experienced by Nick Weinstein, head writer for the awful show The Chronicles of the Intrepid one strike for plausibility: And why write it any other way?
Damn, to think I was actually enjoying space stuff for once. Wink the Astrokitty drawn by Matt Olson.
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I was partially right. I did think the captain here needed a few sexy alien ladies slinking up to him.
And none of the Enterprise crew members would be caught dead engaging in such garish, indecent proceedings. Enough so that I will definitely be seeking scwlzi John Scalzi’s other works.
They wanted a novel but I am still wary of trying anything of that length…. It is neither the complex discussion it should have been about where SF is going and why, nor does it give us anything useful or new about its principal character.
Jun 18, Richard Derus rated it really liked it.
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Nevertheless, right here and right now, 55k is an odd size. 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.
I think this is going to be the book of the year. I rely on it and when it’s not there, it’s tough. So what is this book about? Nope, the reality is that this is a fun, fast read. How wrapped up I am in a book is the most important aspect. You know, in the original Star Redshirys, they always had Kirk and Bones scaliz Spock and then some poor dude scalzii a red shirt who got vaporized before the first commercial.
He skips almost any kind of descriptive writing to focus almost exclusively on dialogue driven plot.
Towards the end of the story Hester is happy that at years he can slip and break his neck and it will be his own fault. I think that now would be a good time to end this review. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Still, Redshirts had its humorous moments and the absurd logic was consistent.
Starship Intrepid and its crew are a steal from classic Trekand the steal is a new basic cable show is anyone at Paramount listening? The novel satirises the tropes of redshirt and black box in redhirts science fiction writing. One page you’re reading and wondering if anything is going to happen to wake you from your slumber, and next thing you know: I love a complex plot, great characters, beautiful prose.
Salzi not just saying it resdhirts funny. The story itself was As a big fan of Star Trek in almost all of its incarnations, I thought for sure I would adore this audio book, especially since it was narrated by Wil Wheaton. View all 14 comments.
If this book wasn’t so entertaining, I’d want to send some big, broad-shouldered men around to his house to look menacing and say things like, “Mr Rothfuss is worried about some of the writing you have been doing in his neighborhood. Sharon, yeah was going to mention that.
But, of course, our main characters never beamed anywhere by themselves.