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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  98,167 ratings  ·  10,917 reviews
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 let
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Tor Books
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Carl Hempel Could be, the book of Genesis before the story of Noah says: "So the LORD said: “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his da…moreCould be, the book of Genesis before the story of Noah says: "So the LORD said: “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days shall be 120 years.” - Genesis 6:3

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Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Simply said, I loved this book.

If you want me to go into more detail, I can. But that's the heart of the matter.

I don't do spoilers. So instead, let me say this: This book was fun. It was clever. It was geeky.

But most of all, it made me laugh. I'm not just saying it was funny. I'm saying I actually laughed out loud in the restaurant where I was reading it. Then later at the coffee shop. Then later still when I was reading it at home, even though I was alone in the house. Even though that's wha
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was going to write a review for this one, but then I realized I could basically just cut and paste my review of Agent to the Stars, changing relevant details like "plot" and "character names" and just keeping everything else exactly the same. Because this book, like all of Scalzi's books except maybe Old Man's War and the two Old Man's War books I didn't read because I didn't really like the second book, suffers (or maybe benefits, I don't know, apparently people love this dude) from being wri ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Re-read 2017
My original feeling for the book stand, but I did find the 3 Codas at the end seemed a tad more tedious and unneeded this time around.

Orignal review: 2015

I could totally slap myself for not reading this sooner.


The premise of this story is that Andy Dahl and a group of his friends, who all work aboard the starship Intrepid, start to notice a troubling pattern happening on the Away Missions.
And they aren't the only ones who've noticed...

Does everyone kn
Mario the lone bookwolf
Dec 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scalzi-john
If this would have been targeted at a large audience with less special insider puns and humor, it could have been an immediate cult novel.

So it´s Scalzi playing around with perspective and narrative styles, the first time leaving his linear and used techniques behind to do experimentations with a bit more artful elements, by this making the read heavy and difficult for sci-fi prone Trekkies and an average experience for everyone else.

I know a bit of the canon and very much sci-fi in general and
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, sci-fi
"There's something seriously wrong with this ship," Dahl repeated.
"Yeah," Finn said. "I think you might be right."

My face when I figured out what was going on

I loved the original Star Trek so much and I still watch it to this day 😄 So the idea of this book having references to the show was cool. There are a group of people that are tired of being killed on the show. They don't understand what is going on and are out to find out what it is.

"The red shirt," Abnett said. "You know, in the
2020 reread: still so much fun.
“Sooner or later the Narrative will come for each of us.”

Thanks to cultural osmosis even I, the person who (according to a colleague of mine) lost quite a few nerd points for having never seen a single Star Trek episode, am somehow familiar with the concept of 'redshirts' - the unfortunate extras whose lot is to die dramatically on screen just to pad the plot and remind the viewer that the near-invincible main characters are indeed, so to say, in a real pickle
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
March 2020 reread, just because. It's surprising how much of this I forgot since I first read it 5 years ago ... and how much more I liked it this second time around. I loved all the meta stuff; it's pretty mindblowing. And I'm actually very fond of the three codas that make up the last quarter of the book. (I got a good chuckle when I realized that the three codas - First Person, Second Person and Third Person - are about three different minor characters from the main storyline, and the codas a ...more
Death... the Final Fate...
These are the voyages of the Starship Intrepid.
Its continuing mission,
to kill naive new crewmembers,
to seek out cheap thrills and easy lamentations,
to boldly go where no redshirt has gone before!

I knew since some time ago about this novel but until now I had been able to read it, and I am truly glad that I did it!

One of the best Star Trek novels without really being about Star Trek.

It's a common knowledge but again for those neophytes to the topic, let me explain th
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: tv-movies, 2012, humor, sci-fi
Halfway through this book, I was thinking that I could do something funny in this review with Will Farrell’s character from the movie Stranger Than Fiction. But then it had to go and actually reference Stranger Than Fiction and ruin my plans.

Thanks for nothing, Scalzi!

Anyhow, in the distant future the starship Intrepid explores
the galaxy with a crew led by a bold captain and his logical science officer. A group of newly assigned crew members quickly notice that odd and bizarre things happen when
It's never a good thing to wear a red shirt in sci-fi . . .

Bad things happen to guys in red shirts . . .

You always have a couple of disposable extras for an away mission . . .

But, what if they figured it out and decided to do something about it?

This book was excellent. I am very impressed with how creative, funny, and moving it is all at the same time. It pokes fun at cheesy sci-fi television while honoring it at the same time.

Scalzi has become one of my favorites for his creativity in a genre
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John “I’m not Gene Roddenberry but I dressed up like him once for Halloween” Scalzi could have also been Redshirts: Existential Musings in the Internet Age by a Satire Minded Child of the Eighties.

Winner of the Hugo and the Locus Award, I can see the spinning wheels in the minds of the award voters / selection committee of both trophies – “A fun, unique twist on an old Star Trek gag but then he goes and ends it with an existential quest for meaning amidst
Dan Schwent
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, sf, the-scalz, funny
The starship Intrepid seeks out new worlds and boldly goes where no man has gone before. However, as Ensign Andrew Dahl soon discovers, low-ranked crew members die more often aboard the Intrepid than brain cells at a Spring Break weekend while the senior officers, besides Lt. Kerensky, always survive without a scratch. As they dig deeper, what will Andy and his friends uncover?

Anyone who's watched more than two or three episodes of Star Trek knows that it's always the extra, or redshirt, that di
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
If there was a Booker for ‘Best Concept, Most Poorly Executed’, Redshirts would be hiring a tux and polishing an acceptance speech. 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 crewmembers, trying to get transferred off the ship, etc.

From this great id
Richard Derus
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Theme Song of the Book! Any song whose chorus begins with "They said this air would be breathable" gets my vote.

Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: 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 Aw
“Whether you're an extra or the hero, this story is about to end. When it's done, whatever you want to be will be up to you and only you. It will happen away from the eyes of any audience and from the hand of any writer. You will be your own man.”

“You don't win by getting through all your life not having done anything.”

It’s the mid 25th century, and Andy Dahl has just been assigned to Xenobiology lab on the Intrepid, the flagship of Universal Union. As he and his friends are settling in, they q
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Is there anyone left on the planet who doesn’t know what a “Redshirt” is? There is?

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Ha! Just kidding. Okay, for the three of you who aren’t familiar with the term, I’ll let Scalzi ‘splain it to you . . .

“The red shirt. You know, in the original Star Trek, they always had Kirk and Bones and Spock and then some poor dude in a red shirt who got vaporized before the first commercial. The moral of the story was not to wear a red
Robin (Bridge Four)
John Scalzi is the Amazon daily deal today 15Aug20 $2.99 I really liked this one.

If you liked Star Trek and Galaxy Quest it might be right up your alley.

4.5 Guy is Gonna Die Stars


Buddy Read with my Sci-Fi loving peeps at Buddies Books and Baubles

RedShirts seems a lot like a combo of Galaxy Quest and Stranger Than Fiction which means I LOVED IT!!! This hit all my Sci-Fi fangirl hot buttons making fun of all the tropes from those early Sci-Fi t.v. shows that didn’t realize were happening back when
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[December 2015]

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Okay. Everyone says this book reminds them of Galaxy Quest. And after saying this book reminds them of Galaxy Quest, said people usually start squeaking around in glee like manic mice. Well I have a confession to make: I am one of those freaks who hardly ever watches movies and/or TV. Please don't break down and cry. I know how diffi
Kevin Kuhn
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I’m a bit torn on this book. It was funny but not hilarious. I found the character’s to be a bit flat. I love Scalzi’s books, but if I have a complaint, it’s that all the character’s personalities seem too similar, even males and females. It was also short with the main story being about 280 pages. It has three Coda’s that take it to 314, and while they were interesting, they didn’t add a great deal to the story and they weren’t all that funny. So, I guess I went into this hoping for many belly ...more
jv poore
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wherein Scalzi stretches my mind in the best ways possible.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, on-hand, humor
Review 2.0 – Commissioned by me, several days after finishing the book and realizing that I had blubbered all over the original review (under the influence of the codas – I must admit.)

Consider it a pre-coda if you will.

What’s up with this book? Why are reviews all over the map on this one?

Because this story is like an ice-cream cone.

A triple scoop ice-cream cone, to be specific, one that presents a series of three distinct flavors that change as you work your way through it.

It begins as a pre
J.L.   Sutton
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
In John Scalzi’s The Redshirts, the newest ensigns aboard the Union Capital Flagship, the Intrepid, recognize they are expendable. Not only that, they realize that every episodic confrontation of their ship requires that a low-ranking crew member (namely them) be killed. They do what they can to avoid the captain and the other bridge crew, but they know their days aboard the Intrepid are numbered. With a bit of research, they learn they are in a similar position to characters in a television sh ...more
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. I was partially right.

I did adore Wil Wheaton's narration. The only problem I had with it were the "he saids" and "she saids". There was one of these tags after (nearly) every single sentence of dialogue. Enough already! I guess this really isn't Wheaton's fault, but maybe he could have de-emphasized the tags a bit?

The story itself was
Mike (the Paladin)
I started out thinking this would be a 4 star read. As it opens playing on the cliches of science fiction TV (specifically Star Trek) it is funny. In places it's hilarious.

I saw this book reviewed back when it first showed up and I read enough "blah" reviews that I decided I didn't want to put time or money into it. But recently I've had it recommended and seen some "rave reviews" about it so, I decided to give it a try. It's sort of an odd read as it almost travels in an descending arc. At firs
Darth J
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

What can I say? If you know about Scalzi and his relationship with readers then you already know why I would want to read something by him. To keep it short, I found this book to be mostly clever and entertaining. The part where the characters come to our universe was like breaking the fourth wall, which I just didn’t care for. But I like the way this man’s mind works.

Also, have this meme in memory of our late Blueshirt:

Emma Sea
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: auckland-library
So meta I'm astounded my dead tree copy didn't implode under the weight of its own smugness, ...more
4.2 A twisted tale of the poor Redshirt extras that all became so killed on that classic TV Show. What would happen if they were real, and if they figured out their odds of death ?
Funny, smart, wickedly twisted and just fun.

Brilliant. Scalzi does it again.

At first you think, "Oh, this book is a joke." Not "This book is a joke" as in "poorly written," but as in the vein of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Then Redshirts gets increasingly more and more complex and layered. Even, dare I say it, deep.

My favorite books of all time, the ones that deserve five stars, are the ones that when I close the book I get this feeling in my gut. A kind of wonder, an appreciation of the universe and all that's in it. This book did
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel had me laughing and crying. It was a very easy read on many levels, but don't be fooled: the ease was entirely due to the craftsman's writing, not the ease of the subjects. I fell in love with all of the characters, their plight, and the plot, all equally. I'm going to be recommending this little gem to everyone I know, regardless of their individual reading proclivities. What fantastic fun this book was! So far, this is my favorite for the upcoming hugo. I'll have to read Bujold's la ...more
My understanding of what this book was about changed as the story progressed. I take my hat off to the author for the skilful way he did this, and for the way he gets the story to work on different levels. Unfortunately, my enjoyment was a bit reduced by the 3 “codas” at the end of the main novel, which I found a bit saccharine for my taste.

The first quarter of the novel is a very funny send up of “Star Trek”, featuring the adventures of the crew of the Universal Union Ship “Intrepid”. I listene
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