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Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers (Red Dwarf #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  19,185 Ratings  ·  313 Reviews
The first lesson Lister learned about space travel was you should never try it. But Lister didn't have a choice. All he remembered was going on a birthday celebration pub crawl through London. When he came to his senses again, with nothing in his pockets but a passport in the name of Emily Berkenstein.

So he did the only thing he could. Amazed to discover they would actuall

Mass Market Paperback, 298 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Roc (first published 1989)
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Mar 05, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Ok this has been a blast of pure nostalgia for me - I loved the series when it first aired, it had for me the right mix or humour and science fiction. I guess for me I have always been suspicious of humour and SF simply because its been too easy to laugh at the genre and its fans rather than try and be clever and laugh with them. I will admit the likes of Douglas Adams has gone a long way to correct that yet still its sometimes all too easy to fall for the easy (and cheap gags).
For me Red Dwarf
David Sarkies
Feb 23, 2016 David Sarkies rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy
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I can't say exactly when I first encountered Red Dwarf – I was probably sitting at home one night, board out of my brains, and channel surfing, when suddenly I discovered this show that looked very science-fictiony on the ABC and was instantly intrigued. While I can't remember the first episode that I ever watched (though I believe it was the third season), I do remember instantly falling in love with it. In fact, at the time I was still really interested in film making and seeing
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 11, 2010 Crystal Starr Light rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
After taking a Lit of Sci-Fi class in college, I found about this TV Series. So I checked them out from the library thinking, "Oh, great. They'll probably be boring and stupid."
Was I wrong! The series was great, and my sister and I became mild fans. So, when I discovered that there were books and found them on sale, I snatched them up.

David Lister, third technician on Red Dwarf, a 6 mile long space mining ship, is sent to stasis just in time to avoid a radiation leak that wipes out the rest
May 29, 2015 Ubiquitousbastard rated it really liked it
Alright, so I'm kind of weird on this book. It sort of sent me in several directions emotionally, and I'm not sure a (semi) novelization of sci-fi comedy is supposed to do that. I mean, I did smile so much my face hurt (which also brought to me the realization that I don't smile very much) and also left me feeling extremely depressed (partly from that realization).

I think that the overall tone was more serious and dark than the show, which never at all left me feeling sad. This book was more in
Oct 03, 2011 Zorena rated it it was amazing
This is a lot like the television show episodes in book format so of course I love it! I've been a fan of the show since it started and was gleeful when I found there were actually novels! It tells the tale of the Red Dwarf crew from the start. It includes a lot of what was in the first two series as well as a ton of details that you wouldn't know if that was your only source. Then it throws in whole new story lines and tangents. Lister's back story of how he ended up on Red Dwarf was something ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Stonemagpie rated it it was amazing
Fan-smegging-tastic! It's the boys from the Dwarf! I loved this book so much, and if you enjoyed the tv show you will too.

Rob Grant and Doug Naylor outdid themselves; this was the first book in years that has made me laugh out loud. It starts off explaining how Lister ended up on Red Dwarf and takes off from there.

Some of the plot is familiar, some is new. But the authors managed to gather together storylines from episodes into a whole that not only makes sense, but fills original episode plot h
Luke Burrage
Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #280.
Jan 11, 2016 Spinster rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
I'd heard of the TV show but never seen it, so my viewpoint might be a bit different than many of the ones who have read the book. I have no idea how similar or different they are, what more (or less) there is than in the TV series or even how the characters are supposed to look.

The first thing I noticed was the douglasadamsness. I'm not sure if it's even possible to write a humorous space adventure without sounding a bit douglasadamsey, and I like Adams, so I didn't dwell on it. The Grant/Naylo
Ivan Idris
Apr 02, 2013 Ivan Idris rated it really liked it
“Red Dwarf” is a funny science fiction novel about a drunk called Lister. An epic drunk who contrary to real-life drunks is actually a nice guy. One day Lister and friends start drinking in London and eventually wakes up on a moon near Saturn. Shouldn’t be a problem, right? Except he has no money and doesn’t know anybody on the moon.

Lister joins the Space Corps in the hope of one day returning to Earth. He survives an accident in stasis, that kills the rest of the crew of the ship he is on and f
Red Dwarf has long been a favorite show. The adventure of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, and Kryton are some of the best sci-fi around. Like the time with the walking sausuage that wasn’t really a sausage. Or Kryton’s parts. Or Cat’s coolness. Or Lister’s devotion to Chrissie.
And Holly, who can forget Holly.
This audio book is read by Chris Barry who played Rimmer. If you haven’t seen Red Dwarf (which makes you in violation of numerous space mining codes), you know him perhaps from the Tomb Raider movies
May 20, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the show or of Douglas Adams' stuff
Shelves: fiction, sf, humor, television
Although I'd heard of Red Dwarf when I was in college, it wasn't until 2009 or so that my family enjoyed most of the episodes on dvd. We all loved it! Thankfully, the humor carries over to a printed-page version of the story and characters. For my money, Naylor is funnier than Douglas Adams, to whom comparisons are usually made; he's wittier, and less apt to beat the reader over the head with every joke. If you haven't ever seen the show, but like episodic humor in a science fiction idiom, give ...more
Iain Turnbull
Oct 18, 2011 Iain Turnbull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, owned, comedy
This is a real nostalgic pleasure for me, being the novel based around my favourite tv show from my teenage years. It provides more backstory than the tv show ever did, and then is buit on the ideas from two or three of the earlier episodes. The authors seem to be heavily influenced by Douglas Adams - while they are not of the same standard, the book moves along at a good clip with plenty of witty gags and nice turns of phrase. It's just a shame that after two books, they split up and each wrote ...more
Jul 18, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, audiobooks
I wanted to give this five stars, in honour of both my 11 year old self's love for this series (and all of the tie-in materials) and Chris Barrie's immense voice acting talent, but I'm resisting. Mostly because my version of the audiobook played a musak version of the theme song, in its entirety, every half hour - but also because, as I remember, the later Red Dwarf novels are a lot more engaging (and so giving a four-star rating encourages me to re-read them!)
Evička de Blois
Vzhledem k mému rozpolcenému vztahu k seriálu, jsem nečekala, že to budu milovat, ale here I am.
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Sep 12, 2016 Soňa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard
Ja som takmer aj zabudla ake potrafene je toto dielko :-)
ale pamat osviezena a naladena na dalsi diel
Oct 09, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing
One of the best comedy novels I have ever read. Has me in stitches every time. Also, for a book that is co-authored, it has amazing flow in its narrative. Fantastic characters and plot. Brilliant.
Ultra Violet
Jul 13, 2016 Ultra Violet rated it liked it
This book was sent to me by a stranger for a Facebook pyramid scheme. It was total nonsense but kind of entertaining.
Jun 04, 2015 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jedna z mála knížek, která způsobuje plnohodnotné záchvaty smíchu.

Liam J. MacKay
Nov 06, 2016 Liam J. MacKay rated it liked it
The first book of the Red Dwarf series gives greater depth for a lot of the characters, and ties together storylines which were quite mixed up in the series. Chris Barrie narrates, with voices which are literally incredible, perfect impressions of his co-stars (Barrie is Rimmer). Pretty fun book :)
I actually read this book earlier in the year, but I was told that Chris Barrie (the actor who plays Rimmer in the television series) did the narration for this one, and I had to give it a listen. Not only is this the unabridged full version of the text, but Barrie's superb imitation skills gives him the ability to voice the other characters very convincingly as well. Fantastic all-around.
Nov 30, 2016 Zoey rated it it was ok
Apparently this is based on a TV show, but I've never seen it, and this book doesn't make me inclined to. Sure, there were some amusing moments in the book, but overall I spent most of the time thinking "this is stupid." Simply slapping absurd things together does not necessarily equate to humor, but I feel like that's often what the story was relying on.
Jane Higginson
Oct 24, 2016 Jane Higginson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Loved this - I loved Red Dwarf back in the day and this audio book of the early episodes was fab, Chris Barrie does an amazing job narrating - everytime he voiced lister and lister said 'brutal' I was sure it was Craig Charles! recomend this for all red dwarf fans
Nov 16, 2016 Loki rated it it was amazing
Ah, Red Dwarf. One of the best sci-fi parodies out there. A light read, very funny, but with a slightly disturbing end...
Nov 22, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
It's no Hitchhiker's, but still amusing.
Oct 11, 2016 India rated it it was amazing
In this first book Lister and Rimmer are introduced with style and the fun begins. This is a masterpiece and you can never get enough of it. More addictive than the game Better Than Life this book or audiobook is chicken soup for the soul and I loved it.
Oct 07, 2016 Josh rated it liked it
I liked the first two parts which were funny and ireverant. The third, while partly foreshadowed, is a dirty litterary trick. It has similar feel to Hitchikers Guide, but the author clearly has a different voice and style.
Oct 02, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Barrie is amazing as the narrator. Stellar job!
Jamie Donoghue
Mar 28, 2016 Jamie Donoghue rated it it was ok
This review is for the Chris Barrie (who played Arnold Rimmer on the TV series) narrated audiobook.

I am a huge fan of the Red Dwarf television series. Well, series 1-6. For me, the soul (and to be brutally honest, the humour) died when Rob Grant, one half of the 'Doug Naylor' writing partnership, left the programme. Having seen the episodes multiple, and I do mean multiple, times and knowing that Rob Grant is very unlikely to ever return to writing duties on the show, I pinned my hopes on some
Nov 24, 2016 Pavel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rimmer naslouchal s rostoucí radostí, jak mu jeho dvojník připomíná jejich jedinou noc s Yvonnou McGruderovou.
"To tělo! To tělo!" spokojeně bublal dvojník.
"Ani to její nebylo špatné!" zahlaholil Rimmer.

Skvělá sci-fi komedie od autorské dvojice kultovního seriálu Červený trpaslík, v níž vidíme mimo jiné i děj z první řady. Nejzábavnější jsou pasáže, které se v hrané podobě neobjevily, ať už jde o dokreslení charakterů nebo o scény, na které by v seriálu nesehnali peníze (kupříkladu Kocourův fanta
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Grant Naylor was the collective name used by writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor for their collaboration, particularly the TV series, Red Dwarf. Grant and Naylor call their pseudonym a gestalt entity, something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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“Your explanation for anything slightly odd is aliens,' said Lister. 'You lose your keys, it's aliens. A picture falls off the wall, it's aliens. That time we used up a whole bog roll in a day, you thought that was aliens.” 16 likes
“Lister patted the towel rail against his left palm. 'I'm going out like I came in - screaming and kicking.'
'You can't whack Death on the head.'
'If he comes near me, I'll rip his tits off.”
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