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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  79,228 ratings  ·  9,373 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
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Published June 5th 2012 by Tor Books
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Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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 ...more
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 know
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ by: Matthew
Shelves: sci-fi, own
"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
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 that
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, humor, tv-movies, 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

What if the redshirt extras low-ranking crew members on Star Trek The Chronicles of the Intrepid realized that whenever one of them accompanies the starship's officers on an away mission to a planet or somewhere, that crew member was extremely likely to be killed?


Naturally, this creates a dog-eat-dog situation where the long-term members of the crew learn to disappear quickly whenever an officer comes around, and the newer members have a very high mortality rate. Finally, a few of the junior
Dan Schwent
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
Richard Derus
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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
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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 difficult it must be for you to accept I'm not as perfect as you thought I was, but it's the sad, sad truth. Fear not my
“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.
"In other words, crew deaths
J.L.   Sutton
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 ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, scifi
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
Kevin Kuhn
I’m a bit torn on this book. On one hand, 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 ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
John Scalzi is the Amazon daily deal today 11Feb17 here 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
Darth J
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:

Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Manuel Antão
Sep 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

"Let us violate cakes together"

In "Redshirts" by John Scalzi

(*day dreaming*)

I applied for a job to be a licensed fiction writer of sorts last year - it was working on flavour text and copy for the Star Trek Franchise. The interview was heavily focused on my ability to write within the constraints of their authorial voice and existing publications - as stringent as working for any publication with a house style. That's not quite, I
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
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
Emma Sea
So meta I'm astounded my dead tree copy didn't implode under the weight of its own smugness,
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any sci-fi fan
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4 stars I'm sure most of you have heard of Redshirts. And let's admit, Scalzi is a pretty well-known writer, having received many awards (the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel for this one being among them), as well as having worked as a consultant to the TV series Stargate Universe, if any of you are familiar with that show.

(I have been known as a fierce fan of Stargate SG-1, although I didn't like Stargate Universe that much.)

And yet, despite all the fame (I nearly wrote famousity, what??), this
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Because I need to know. I always needed to know."

This is probably how most Trekkies have felt over the years.

For those here, who don't know, here's a little background information:
In the original Star Trek series (the one with Shatner as Kirk and Nimoy as Spok), there were usually one or two people in red shirts that are sent to some unexplored panet together with two or three main characters. These lowly-ranking people had never been seen before - and never again afterwards either. Because
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Wherein Scalzi stretches my mind in the best ways possible.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2013
I've been kind of on a Scalzi kick lately. I guess I've needed some light sci-fi without too much brain interaction. And I don't say that as a bad thing. I know so many times "light" and "fun" come off in the pejorative, but I rarely mean it that way. Honestly, I think that's the high watermark of fiction. I'm not trying to learn anything, although I always do. I'm not trying to to do anything but enjoy my free time.

I value other aspects of a novel plenty. I love a complex plot, great
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scalzi is a top science fiction writer but occasionally, see my review of Agent to the Stars, he takes a more humorous view of the genre. This book falls into that category.

To properly appreciate this yarn, you should have at least a passing acquaintance with the original TV series, Star Trek. The Second Generation and its successors (including the series of movies) are not as directly in his sights. The redshirts referred to in the title are those minor members of the ship’s crew that are
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