“The Unluckiest of the Bunch” (Redshirts)

A bit earlier, or later, I talked about Redshirts, by John Scalzi. I’m not sure when I’ll publish this post in accordance to the other one in which I mentioned this post, and I’m not even sure if I’m going to publish that post, but that dosen’t really matter. Redshirts is a novel by John Scalzi, and a hilarious parody of Sci-fi TV, like Star Trek. The book focuses on Andrew Dahl and his group of freinds on the Starship Intrepid, who realize that they are actually unwilling extras on a TV show like Star Trek.

Redshirts (Cover)
The cover to Redshirts, from 2012

Ensign Andrew Dahl is exited to be assigned to the Intrepid, the flagship of the Universal Union. Of course, the excitement stops when he realizes the amount of dangerous away missions that the crew undertakes. He realizes two things. One, each away mission always kills off one crew member in a terrible and ludicrous way. (Space Badgers, Ice Sharks, Borvogian Land Worms.) And two, some of the same five senior members of the bridge crew always go on the missions, and always end up surviving. After piecing together the mystery with the help of the shadowy crew member Jenkins, Dahl constructs a crazy, high risk plan to save his and everyone’s lives from the Narrative, and what the starship Intrepid really is.

This book is laugh out loud funny. I really loved reading it, and it payed a lot of homage to the Original Series of Star Trek. Anyone who’s a fan of Sci-fi TV should read this, or just comedy novels in general. 9 out of 10.



By John Scalzi

Published in 2012

Personal Rating: 9 out of 10


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