S1E5: Redshirts by John Scalzi

June's theme is "the future", so we are going to celebrate the lives of those brave, heretofore unnamed federation officers in the red uniforms.

"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 belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs.

Then Andrew stumbles on information that transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starshipIntrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives." - Barnes and Noble

 

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  • Annie

    Good grief, I just read that Redshirts won the Locus Award for best SF.

    July 1, 2013

    • Annie

      There seems to be alot of overlap between the Locus and Hugo nominees. I've yet to read all of the 5 Hugo noms (for which I can vote since I'm a Worldcon member), and no matter what, I plan to rank Redshirts #5 because it so doesn't deserve to win any awards.

      2 · July 1, 2013

    • Annie

      Unless there is a literary version of the Razzie.

      1 · July 1, 2013

  • Lisa

    Looks like I am the first one here...

    June 21, 2013

    • Shy M.

      I'm on my way as fast as my little car can carry me I promise

      June 21, 2013

  • Raymond C.

    Sorry for the late 'yes; RSVP, I wasn't sure until today if I would be free to join in tonight.

    June 21, 2013

  • mel j.

    i have my kiddos after all

    June 19, 2013

    • Leslie

      We'll miss you. See you next time! Enjoy the kiddies! :-)

      June 20, 2013

  • Sooz

    I'm so sorry for the last minute cancel, but I'm in Vegas for work and have to stay an extra day now. :(

    June 20, 2013

    • Leslie

      Thanks for letting me know! Hope to see you next month.

      June 20, 2013

  • Shy M.

    Hey guys, after we pick a location how would we feel about a late showing of World War Z?

    1 · June 14, 2013

    • Shy M.

      I just realized I can't even do a late movie that night because I have an 8am meeting. I was talking crazy talk.

      1 · June 17, 2013

    • Leslie

      Lol, no problem.

      June 17, 2013

  • Shy M.

    I might be running a little late getting to Tustin pending traffic

    June 17, 2013

  • Leslie

    Location will be updated tomorrow around noon. Will probably be Irvine or Tustin.

    June 16, 2013

  • Leslie

    I don't think I can last that long on a Friday, but maybe one of the other organizers can do it? Also, I promise I'll get on top of the location at some point this weekend. On a side note, for months I've been saying how horrible the trailer looks for that movie, but it's certified fresh on the T-meter. In my defense, I still say the trailer makes it look like a multi-million dollar mess.

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Sorry, I can't make it.

    June 9, 2013

  • Leslie

    Please come prepared to this meeting with books that you have NOT read on the following themes:

    1. July: America (takes place in America; is quintessentially American; features an American protagonist...yeah, I know we should have saved American Gods for July)
    2. August: Noir or Mystery
    3. September: Pirates (September 19th is Talk like a Pirate Day)
    4. Horror
    5. November's book will be Ender's Game which is set to be released this month

    May 27, 2013

  • John

    Can't make this one either, next time I swear!

    May 22, 2013

  • Aaron

    I just found out that John Scalzi will be at Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in Redondo Beach tomorrow, May 14 Tuesday 7:30 pm. It's launch party for "The Human Division"
    John posted details on his blog

    http://whatever.scalzi.com/

    http://www.mystgalaxy.com/Event/John-Scalzi-Launch-Party-Human-Division-RB-051413

    Aaron

    1 · May 13, 2013

    • Leslie

      Wow; good catch! Hope someone from the group can make it!

      May 13, 2013

  • Leslie

    Let's call this one a tentative date in case the meetup changes to Saturdays.

    March 22, 2013

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