Laura Bell
Laura Bell asked:

OMG...this sounds like Star Trek. Red shirts always get killed on a "way" mission. And of course The Captain, the Science officer and the Lieutenant don't have a hair harmed. Is this based somewhat on Star Trek?

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Amy this is exactly a send-up of Star Trek without ever calling it that. it is a spoof.
Brian Layman Ummmmm, yes. You could say that "Red Shirts" was, in a completely non-copyright infringing fashion, inspired by Star Trek and its "away" missions.
Steve Star Trek is mentioned in the book.
Kristina This book begins as a direct parody of Star Trek to the point that it mentions the Enterpise, the United Federation of Planets, and the show by name--and a summary of one episode (not a particularly good one, but Scalzi nitpicks in his criticism of the show). It's fun as a parody, but then the story takes a turn into a more heavy-handed philosophical discussion that annoyed me (even if parts of it were still funny).
Thomas To me personally this book is Star Trek (or maybe many other space opera TV shows / films) review in this kind of allegorical science fiction novel form. Story and characters were there to make a point about bad and repetitive story writing. That's how I see it.
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