The synopsis of Redshirts reads:
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.
You can read my review here. As I said in my
review open love letter to John Scalzi, Redshirts is… well you’ll just have to read it, if you haven’t already. The TL;DR version of the review:
PEOPLE! I’M SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK. RIDICULOUS TECHNOBABBLE. THE NARRATIVE. THE BOX. A CRAZY PARADOX. A SHUTTLE GOING INTO A REVERSE FIBONACCI SPIRAL! YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK WHEN IT IS RELEASED NEXT WEEK!!! JOHN SCALZI’S BRAIN IS A WONDERFUL PLACE. READ THE BOOK, DAMN IT!
I have 2 copies of this book to giveaway, courtesy of Tor Books.
- Redshirts is a wonderful spoof and homage to Star Trek and the science fiction television genre as a whole. With this in mind, leave a comment telling me your favourite Star Trek quote(s) — any series — or favourite bit(s) of Star Trek technobabble — any series. Warning: If by some bizarre chance, I do not automatically recognise the bit you are quoting, I will be using the Google machine to find it. If I cannot find the quote in the Google machine, you risk having your comment not count.
- Only one comment per person. Leaving multiple comments will disqualify you. When leaving a comment, please use a valid e-mail address so that I can notify you if you win.
- You have until Monday, June 11, 2012 at 23:59 PDT to leave a comment. At that time, I’ll use a random number generator to select two winners. Winners will be notified by e-mail on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Winners will be announced on this website on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 16:00 PDT.
- If you have any questions, please e-mail me.
Redshirts by John Scalzi will be available on June 5, 2012. You can pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo Books & Music. You can purchase it Tuesday, June 5, 2012, where ever books are sold. You can read the first five chapter on Tor.com. You can download the first four chapters, free, at Amazon, Kobo Books and Barnes & Noble.