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Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

(Red Dwarf #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  25,789 ratings  ·  498 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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Joey Woolfardis
I listened to this on audiobook, mainly because I've always wanted to try out audiobooks and never really gotten around to it, but also because it is freely accesible on spotify. Huzzah for spotify.

However, I believe what I listened to was the abridged version, which is slightly upsetting but excites me also: more Chris Barrie doing Scouse and Cockney and every-other accent ever? Yes please.

My rating is partly for the book and partly for the audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Barrie: he is an
Mar 05, 2015 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
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I was going to write a review for this book that I last read a few years ago, but I thought sod it, it must be time for a re-read.

This is where it all started, one of the greatest SciFi series ever, a brilliant cast of characters and funny as hell story. I've watched the series so many times now that when reading the books the characters voices come so easily to me. During this reading I kept getting glimpses of Douglas Adams writing, never noticed that previously, but the explanations about spa
David Sarkies
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy
Gazpacgo Soup

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
Jun 24, 2009 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
May 29, 2015 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
Angus McKeogh
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just absolutely awesome stuff! Such a fun read and funny as hell. Reminiscent of Douglas Adams but certainly not a direct copy. If anything perhaps more brilliant in some areas and a bit inferior in others. The whole bit about Rimmer making a copy of himself was just phenomenal. Want to dive right into the sequel but I’m in the middle of too many other books at the moment. But grand. Highly recommended!
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 11, 2010 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
Sandi (Zorena)
Sep 20, 2011 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
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second outing, this time via the audiobook. What can I say, the word, the video and now the audio... all perfect.

Chris Barrie, you are exceptional at relating an exceptional concept.
When Lister got drunk, he got DRUNK and the last time he got drunk he somehow ended up on board a space ship, and so when the book opens up he has been stuck on one of Saturn's moons for six months with a woman's passport and has been sleeping in a storage locker. He manages to sign onto the Red Dwarf as a vending machine maintenance worker only to find that it was heading farther out before it returned to earth and it was going to take 4.5 years to get back. Finally, and this is in the blurb so ...more
Nicki Markus
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-audio-books
As a huge Red Dwarf fan, I naturally love the four books based on the series too. Chris Barrie is the perfect narrator for this story. Obviously, he *is* Rimmer, but as a former impressionist, he also does wonderful imitations of the other cast members' voices. Great fun for fans of the show, but this could also be enjoyed by those coming to the characters and story for the first time.
Adam Whitehead
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mimas, 2180. After an epic all-night bender in London to celebrate his 25th birthday, Liverpudlian slob Dave Lister wakes up a billion kilometres away on one of Saturn's moons with the mother of all hangovers. Desperate to get home, Lister hits on the plan of enrolling in the Space Corps, getting a job on an Earth-bound ship and then going AWOL the second he gets home. Unfortunately, the only vessel that will have him is the city-sized Jupiter Mining Corporation ore-hauler Red Dwarf. And before ...more
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
Well I certainly enjoyed it and do hope to see the show sometime, but it just seemed like a comedic boys party primarily. Still I loved some of the interactions and ideas behind this. I wonder if I'd enjoy the sitcom.
Dave Taylor
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bloody marvelous. Who knew that an audio book -- yes, I listened to this and Naylor's terrific and spot-on voices for the various TV series characters -- could be so extraordinarily amusing. It is. In fact, I'm sure that the people who saw me driving while listening to this must have thought I was completely bonkers as I continually laughed out loud and even sniggered at the antics of Lister, Rimmer, Crichton, Holly and Cat. Highly recommended and happy to get suggestions for other books with a ...more
Apr 11, 2015 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
Marty Fried
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, humor
This book had some really laugh-out-loud funny bits along with a lot of somewhat boring story and fairly immature humor. It was along the lines of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, but not as good, in my opinion. I think you have to like British humor to like either one.

There's a lot of joking around about time travel, death, etc. One of the main characters actually died near the beginning, but he lived on as a hologram simulation. At one point, he made a copy of himself because nobody liked h
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, read-2012
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!)
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, science-fiction
I was hooked from start to finish. If you loved the show then you will enjoy this book. Meet all your characters anew and see them in a different light while at the same time seeing them from the first season of the show in places. An enlightening look into how Lister came into the job of tech on the Red Dwarf, you will not help but hear the characters speaking to you as you read it, seeing the world anew.
Faith Jones
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The origin of Red Dwarf is the 1944 play “No Exit” (“Huis Clos” in French), by Jean-Paul Sartre. This remains little known amongst its sci-fi comedy devotees, even though they do occasionally recognise it as existentialist thought.

The influence of this school of philosophy on British and Irish writers has snuck through on rare occasions, e.g. the television series “The Prisoner” and from, less surprisingly, Samuel Beckett, who was living in Paris and surrounded there by bubbling existential idea
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to love Red Dwarf. I mean LOVE. The turning point for me was season 11 which brought me to the conclusion that it's gone on too long and it should be put to rest. However I still have a fondness for everything that came before. So to read novels of one of my favourite Sci fi sitcom was a welcomed experience.

Anyone who's been a fan of the show will recognise many classic moments. As this is written by the show's creators / writers there is a lot of dialogue and scenes taken directly from
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Probably more of a three-point-five than a three but not quite a four at all. Some bits were really funny and some bits I just thought, "would this be better if I had watched even one episode of the show? Which I'm going to do, eventually, it's just that I happened to have the time for audio books and not a TV show at the moment.

Which, let me say, I think I would have enjoyed the book less if I had tried reading it. It's just that the accents and intonations fit so well that I couldn't have repl
A must for any Red Dwarf fan. And do yourselves a favour and get the audio version read by Chris Barrie. I have both paper and audio, and Barrie elevates it from being merely hilarious to absolutely hysterical. I may or may not have been walking to the bank today with my headphones on, grinning like a loon with tears of laughter running down my face. People stared. I am rapidly getting a reputation in my neighbourhood for being somewhat unhinged, I'm sure...

Barrie's impersonations are exceptiona
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big sci-fi reader… I remember Red Dwarf (the tv show) fondly (but only vaguely) from my high school years, but hadn't watched it since then.

I found the book at a used book sale and expected it to be a bit dated and not very well-written, but in fact it's very funny and charming (although there's a very obvious debt to Douglas Adams) and even more surprisingly, there are very prescient ideas about virtual reality and technology that seem ahead of their time even by science fiction stand
Silly and nostalgic automatic 5 star from me.
Barnaby Haszard
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Hard not to think of these events as they played out in the early episodes of this, one of my cultural touchstones growing up. This is Red Dwarf with an unlimited budget, though, which would suggest a greater focus on set pieces and compromised characterisation and ideas. Fortunately, Grant and Naylor keep Lister and Rimmer at the forefront of their considerable shared imagination; if anything, Lister is an even more fascinating character here than he was in the show. The passive-aggressively wi ...more
Dean Burnett
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I imagine people who come to this book without knowing Red Dwarf the sitcom would find it very weird, oddly paced and often confusing. But if you do know the show (as I do, in depth) then it's a very fun elaboration and fleshing-out of many of the classic plots and ideas, unrestrained by budget and practicality.
Mo Coghlan
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fun, Hitchhiker's Guide-esque adventure story with vivid characters and biting wit!
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I will forever love Red Dwarf they are all going to get 5 stars before I've picked it up. It's my jam it's a guilty pleasure but I ain't guilty.
Ivan Idris
Apr 02, 2013 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
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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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