Red Shirts by John Scalzi

After at least three times on the polls for books to read the group has selected Red Shirts by John Scalzi. There's got to be some very happy people in the group about that!

From Amazon's description of the book:

"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 expended on 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."

Find your copy on Amazon here

Find your copy at the Houston Public Library here

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  • Elizabeth M.

    I finished the book in record time and really enjoyed it, but I've had some family stuff come up. See y'all next time!

    July 13, 2014

  • Laura

    Looking like it's going to be a big group tonight. Wonder if they'll let us have that back room.

    1 · July 13, 2014

    • Stephen

      It doesn't hurt to ask. Maybe they will.

      July 13, 2014

  • Duke B.

    I just joined and didn't read the book. Can I still come???

    July 9, 2014

  • Jason

    Ok...I haven't read this one. Been busy with other things....but did this guy seriously write a parody book about Star Trek? and it won a Hugo Award?

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • Steve

      No. He wrote what looks at first sight to be a parody of Star Trek.

      1 · July 8, 2014

    • Angel L.

      Less about Star Trek and more about TV industry, writing standards, and fun things like that.

      July 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I started reading Redshirts and I hadn't read anything about the book so I wasn't prepared for the Star Trekness of it but if it turns into something more I'll go back to it. I read a sci-fi romance called Gameboard of the Gods. I read this for a different bookclub and I posted a review of it on my website. - I was really disappointed in the story

    July 9, 2014

    • Angel L.

      Think of it as a written 'Galaxy Quest' kind of thing. It's a thinking person's look at writing and TV.

      July 9, 2014

  • Ben C.

    Not sure if anyone else is doing the audiobook on this one, but it's the same narrator that did Ready Player One and it's really good!

    June 11, 2014

    • Laura

      He's also been on the Guild and has his own this-week-on-sci-fi show on Scify (not too good unfortunately).

      July 8, 2014

    • Angel L.

      Not familiar with Guild but I'll be sure to skip the scyfy show.

      July 8, 2014

  • Steve

    I seem to have inadvertently bought two copies of Redshirts off Amazon. If anyone needs a fairly cheap copy, e-mail me through Meetup. I'll take cash or we could just violate cakes together.

    June 18, 2014

    • Ben C.

      ...the cake thing is a line from the book...

      1 · June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I just finished reading a sci-fi book called Ghost Planet. I really loved it. I wrote a blog post about it and I thought I might post the link here. It really isn't an ad for my blog. My blog is just for fun.

    June 15, 2014

  • Andrea

    I've been hoping we would read this one for ages!!!

    1 · June 8, 2014

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