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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.

Redshirts is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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June 5
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Customer Reviews

Ixcaneco ,

NOW DRM Free on Apple

Thank you for fixing the DRM problem! Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of DRM for books. Apple now only needs to note that it can be read on iPad, iPhone or anything else including your computer with an ebook reader program.

Sad reader1971 ,


Everyone knows that stories 98% of the time stories follow certain rules. Like the main people don't die because they have to be on next week. This book stomped all over those rules and I loved every minute of it. I really loved the ending! I laughed so hard, and was swept away a few times as well. A good read.

Tmelfiod ,

Interesting novel

This is the first John Scalzi book that I read, and after reading it, I want to read more of his work. It was a very smart and funny book. I started reading it because I was intrigued by the title. I have always been a big Star Trek fan. I thought it would be an interesting satire on ST:TOS. It turned out to be this and so much more. Scalzi explores the relationship between reality and fiction, similar to the themes Heinlien explores in Number of the Beast. In doing so, Scalzi also explores the meaning of existence. I would highly recommend this book.

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