“Redshirts” by John Scalzi


Andrew Dahl is a brand-new Ensign in the Universal Union Space Fleet. He joins the crew of the Intrepid and quickly notices strange things going on. Every time there is an away team mission, one or more of his low-ranking peers are violently killed by space slugs or killer robots or evil aliens. But somehow, the main bridge crew officers miraculously escape any lasting harm.

One of the crewmen figure it out – they are puppets in the hands of a 21st century television series — a rip-off of Star Trek. Their only hope? Travel back in time and confront the show’s producer. Sounds crazy … so crazy it just might work.

Pretty fun read, gave me some chuckles. I think any casual Trekkie would really enjoy it.



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