Redshirts by John Scalzi
A Novel with Three Codas

75%

33 Critic Reviews

...the codas provide a further look into the lives of characters only glimpsed in the main narrative, a comforting meta-redshirt hat-tip that, like the novel itself, is a love letter to fans of the fannish.
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Synopsis

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 lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship's captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues' understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.
Redshirts is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.


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About John Scalzi

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JOHN SCALZI is the author of several SF novels including the bestselling Old Man’s War sequence, comprising Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, and the New York Times bestselling The Last Colony. He is a winner of science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and he won the Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his popular blog Whatever. His latest novel, Fuzzy Nation, hit the New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Tor Books. 316 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Redshirts
All: 33 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 10

Kirkus

Below average
on May 06 2012

Intriguing developments, fresh ideas, dashes of originality? Forget it.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 02 2012

...the book is increasingly strange and unfunny...

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Genevieve Valentine on Jun 14 2012

...the codas provide a further look into the lives of characters only glimpsed in the main narrative, a comforting meta-redshirt hat-tip that, like the novel itself, is a love letter to fans of the fannish.

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Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Thea James on Jun 15 2012

...Redshirts is a delightful space romp that works because it unabashedly wears its geek-loving heart on its sleeve.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Neil Shurley on Sep 25 2012

Redshirts is thoughtful, fast-moving, and the most fun I've had reading a novel in quite some time.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Rowan Kaiser on Jun 25 2012

Redshirts pushes the limits of parody, then revels in the audacity of creation.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Natalie A. Luhrs on Feb 21 2013

Both hilarious and moving, this book is an absolute must-read for science fiction fans everywhere.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Elisa Verna on Jun 13 2012

Have you ever finished a book that was so good, you didn’t quite know exactly how to explain the magnitude of its awesomeness...That is exactly how I feel about sci fi author John Scalzi’s...Redshirts...

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Tor

Below average
Reviewed by Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer on Feb 21 2013

In addition to the issue of the gratuitous waste of potentially fascinating characters, there’s the issue of clichés and allusions...

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About.com

Below average
Reviewed by Mark Flanagan on Feb 21 2013

...neither the characters nor the writing is sufficiently compelling to rescue the novel from its own untimely demise.

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Patheos

Excellent
Reviewed by willduquette on Sep 13 2012

Scalzi has written a delightful book that lovingly pokes fun at Star Trek while including a plot that’s wholly Star-Trekkian...

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Patheos

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Miller on Jun 11 2012

...I found Redshirts to be quite enjoyable on multiple levels and it was quite obvious the author was having a lot of fun with the premise.

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SFFWorld.com

Below average
Reviewed by Mark Yon on Dec 09 2012

A literary version of Galaxy Quest, with just enough for the non-SF fans to follow without difficulty, and enough trivia and TV-geekery for the SF fans to squee over...Not a total success, but intelligent and at times silly enough to win readers over.

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SFFWorld.com

Above average
Reviewed by Rob Bedford on Jun 05 2012

... it succeeded in making me laugh a great deal and had the all-important powerful pull to keep reading to find out what happens next.

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SF Signal

Above average
Reviewed by John DeNardo on Jun 20 2012

The breezy tone of the book and the depiction of the premise — a joke that threatens to wear thin in a novel, but doesn’t here — are strong enough to overlook the book’s few stumbles...

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Fantasy Literature

Excellent
Reviewed by Marion Deed on Oct 20 2012

... it’s about 230 pages of giggles, snickers, snorts and the occasional guffaw.

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Fantasy Literature

Excellent
Reviewed by Kat Hooper on Jul 19 2012

Most Trekkies are sure to find it hilarious. Though Scalzi mocks Star Trek plot clichés, there’s a sincere sense of affection and nostalgia for Star Trek that I found charming.

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Wired

Excellent
Reviewed by GeekDad Rewind on Jun 02 2012

It’s a brilliantly funny book with an unexpected amount of emotional heft, and I liked it an awful lot.

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Starburst Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Ed Fortune on Nov 29 2012

...you can almost see what it could have been, and it’s a pity that it fails to produce the sort of wit and sparkle that it promises.

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Boing Boing

Good
Reviewed by Cory Doctorow on Jun 05 2012

...deft, likable, and funny without sacrificing suspense or characterization.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Bisman on Jul 05 2012

Approaching the end of Redshirts, readers are likely to want to turn right back to page one for a second go.

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Shiny Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Jason on Feb 21 2013

Well-paced and well-written, the author draws us into a realm where the narrative of the story is everything.

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SFX

Below average
on Nov 16 2012

Not all the gags work, and some of the dialogue (and Redshirts is a very dialogue-heavy book) is clunky.

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Newcity Lit

Excellent
on Sep 12 2012

Despite the ensuing hilarity, Scalzi keeps the dramatic tension up, and manages to use sharp media satire to make some remarkably poignant comments on free will, death, and love...

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The British Fantasy Society

Below average
Reviewed by R A Bardy on Jan 10 2013

I enjoyed the majority of this, and on that basis alone, would highly recommend genre fans seek it out, but as in all things, it’s a case of buyer beware, and you might want to do a bit of research first, or wait until you can get it at a knockdown price.

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SF CrowsNest

Good
Reviewed by Kelly Jenson on Feb 21 2013

It's a great book, one I'll re-read and recommend to others.

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Jackson District Library

Excellent
on Feb 21 2013

I started reading it at 9:30 pm and finished at 2:30 am with my head buzzing and my sides aching from laughter.

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Nerdist

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Barton on Jun 12 2012

The mix of scifi, hilariousness, smarty pants-ery and amazingness that is Redshirts will leave you wanting more...

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Sci-Fi Bulletin

Good
Reviewed by Paul Simpson on Mar 18 2014

...Scalzi adds three codas, which give the whole book a new depth...Scalzi does it again; not the Stargate Universe riff that some might have expected, this is a thought-provoking discussion of the nature of reality.

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Fiction Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Jonathan Cowie on Mar 21 2014

...the novel ends on page 223, with the last quarter of the book being devoted to three codas. Entertaining as these are...none are worth more than five or six pages each. Having said that, do not let this put you off a story that contains bags of charm as it delightfully subverts science fiction's sci fi form. It really is rather fun.

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Ideomancer

Good
Reviewed by ideomancer on Sep 01 2012

...a tightly-plotted, self-aware comedy which may easily be read in one sitting. Unlike the denizens of the Intrepid, Scalzi’s characters are in safe hands.

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Functional Nerds

Excellent
Reviewed by Catherine Russel on Jun 18 2012

This book is a treasure trove of geek humor, poking fun at one of the most beloved series of all time.

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Pink Raygun.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Alpha-Girl on Jun 13 2012

You think you know what to expect, but there’s a surprising complexity there.

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On its face, Redshirts, by John Scalzi, is a successful story. Mirroring the Star Trek show, Redshirts creates an alternative e...

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