Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

by John Scalzi

Tom Doherty Associates | January 15, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas is rated 4.33333333333333 out of 5 by 18.

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, with the chance to serve on "Away Missions" alongside the starship's famous senior officers.

Life couldn't be better...until Andrew begins to realize that 1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship's senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members below decks avoid Away Missions at all costs.

Then Andrew stumbles on information that 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 by John Scalzi is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.17 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: January 15, 2013

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765334798

ISBN - 13: 9780765334794

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. This book was so much more than I expected and I'm glad I bought it. Read it in one day and enjoyed every second. I did almost choke on my lunch laughing over some key parts; that's how you know it's worth reading :)
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great humor So much more than just a satire, a very funny read, that makes you laugh and think at the same time. Would definitely re-read this one!
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What if.. ....the characters you see on TV are real in an alternate timeline? This book helps to answer that.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lot of fun Really cool premise for sci fi, great 'what if'.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from @scalzi is a genius Redshirts is a mockery of televised science fiction and also much more. Much more. A simple parody of the notorious "that-character-is wearing-a-red-shirt-so-you-know-he's gonna-die" trope-cliche-plot device from Star Trek would have not been particularly interesting if written by a less skilled author. (Anyone rolling their eyes toward the heavens imploring deliverance from such a story, as I did for months before reading it, rest assured, it is well worth reading.) Mr. Scalzi lifts the premise beyond the usual pap one would expect to create a unique, well crafted story with flawless characterization and plotting. The story ends with three epilogues that resolve loose ends and allow the reader to feel the plight of the characters and feel their emotions at the close of the story.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Redshirts Got too involved in itself. Lost interest.
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent satire with serious heart Good for quite a few laughs and yet deeper and more heartfelt than it seems at first. It's fun, it's experimental, it's meta, but like all great stories it's about growing as a human being. Any fan of the genre who is a student of life will love this book.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun book Great "popcorn" read, read between Wheel of Time and Song of Ice and Fire, really cleaned the palate.
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just a guy Best sci fi I've read in years.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Redshirts Was funny and good.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An amusingly entertaining read Those poor security officers in the red shirts that seemed to die every time Kirk and Spock went on an away mission? This book is about them. On the surface, this is a spoof of those original Star Trek episodes, but as you read further you realize it is something more. Written with Scalzi's fantastic humor that kept me chuckling throughout, the story takes a rather interesting left turn that kept me coming back for more to find out exactly what is going on aboard the Universal Union ship Intrepid. Definitely recommended for fans of John Scalzi and science fiction in general.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great satire of sci-fi writing A must read for Star Trek - Stargate fans!
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clever Vety funny but also very ridiculous. Highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect ook for Star Trek Lover Mini Book Review: A delightfully hilarious tale that really comes across as a love letter to all things Star Trek. I picked this one up on the advice of Christa who thought I would enjoy it. I am quite surprised that no one has ever written something like this before as any true Trekkie (Trecker) has always wondered about the lives of those "redshirts" who always seemed to be killed on those away missions. There is plenty of dark humour, interesting characters and some fabulous dialogue. Won't lie, I was a wee bit confused at times about what was going on, but that is more my problem, not a problem with the actual writing. The book is so well done that it will appeal to not only the die hard Trek fan, but to those who just enjoy a smart and witty Science Fiction story. Look forward to reading more by Scalzi. After I finished the book, I threw on my DVD of Galaxy Quest, which is also a love letter to Star Trek. Oh yeah and Chapter 24 made me snort on the bus & people stared, thanks a lot Scalzi. Favorite Quotes "What are we going to say, Andy?" Collins said. "Hi, welcome to the Intrepid, avoid the officers because it's likely you'll get killed if you're on an away team with them, and oh, by the way, here's a magic box we use for impossible things? That would be a lovely first impression, wouldn't it." "Yes, death by away team. Very effective on this ship," Jenkins said. 4 Dewey's I purchased this just because Christa suggested it
Date published: 2013-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun fun fun Totally awesome and a must read for any geek that takes their geekness seriously
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was fun! This is a really fun read if you are a fan of Sci-Fi in general and Star Trek in particular.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read; not what I expected. From the first page to the last, this book kept me turning the pages to see how the events will unfold. Fantastic book, would gladly re-read at a later date.
Date published: 2013-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Redshirts It was funny. That's possibly the lamest review I've written. It's been a long night. Seriously though it was a good entertaining read
Date published: 2013-02-09

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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

by John Scalzi

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.17 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: January 15, 2013

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765334798

ISBN - 13: 9780765334794

From the Publisher

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, with the chance to serve on "Away Missions" alongside the starship's famous senior officers.

Life couldn't be better...until Andrew begins to realize that 1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship's senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members below decks avoid Away Missions at all costs.

Then Andrew stumbles on information that 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 by John Scalzi is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

About the Author

JOHN SCALZI is the author of several SF novels including the bestselling Old Man's War and its sequels and the New York Times bestseller Fuzzy Nation. A winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Scalzi won the Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his wildly popular blog The Whatever. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Editorial Reviews

"John Scalzi sets his imagination to STUN and scores a direct hit. Read on and prosper." -Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box

"I can honestly say I can't think of another book that ever made me laugh this much. Ever." -Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

"Scalzi takes apart the whole Star Trek universe and puts it back together far more plausibly--and a lot funnier too." -Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians

"A real joy to read. It's hard to imagine a reader who wouldn't enjoy this one." -Booklist, starred review