Wow I get to rip apart a Scalzi book. I have heard how it was completely undeserving of the Hugo Award so it must be easy to tear apart.

*Opens book*

*Closes book eight hours later*

Okay so first off. You are simply ridiculous and being foolish if you don’t believe Redshirts is deserving of a Hugo Award. I don’t know how the Nebula awards are voted on, but it should have won that as well. John Scalzi should have won every SFF award out there for Redshirts. I suppose the debut novel award should go to someone else, but shit people; Redshirts is fucking brilliant.

I know, I know, you’re not supposed to use swear words as descriptive words, but Jesus Fucking Christ people, Redshirts is a brilliant fucking novel. It’s amazing.

If you’re a fan or have an even a passing interest in Star Trek, you will want to hold this book and make sweet donkey like lovin’ to it for being so beautifully brilliant.

If you have only heard of Star Trek, by the end of Redshirts you’ll want to make out with the book for its beautiful comedy put into words.

If you have never heard of Star Trek you’ll still feel like making out with the beautiful comedy put into words.

Redshirts is just awesome. It’s so funny at parts you will seriously get to the point you can’t laugh anymore, because no air is left in your lungs from laughing. At parts it is so clever that I literally stopped reading and simply looked at the words trying to comprehend how he managed to pull it off.


If you have yet to read Redshirts do yourself a favor. Go to your local bookstore or library and get the book. You’ll thank me after you read it


7 thoughts on “Redshirts

  1. What did you think of his metafictional dalliances? I find Barry N. Malzberg in the 70s was rather more successful than Scalzi in this regard…. But, it seems to have gone out of fashion until recently as bits of postmodernity are creeping into more mainstream SF (way after the fact).

    • When I mention how clever some parts are that is exactly what I’m talking about.
      Scalzi makes the book fun to read even with Ensign Dahl continually letting you know it’s not real.
      That is actually what I love most about the book… I’ve never read Malzberg but I definitely want to try now. Any particular book I should begin with?

      • Add on to that. I have read quite a few books that half way through draw attention it being a book. 99% of fail to do it in a clever entertaining way and make me angry I just wasted time reading that book.

        That I actually want to read Redshirts over and over is a testament to Scalzi’s skill with the written word.

      • Malzberg’s Beyond Apollo (1972) is a classic. Be warned, dark, twisted, metafiction…. Can be infuriating for people who don’t know what they’re getting int.

      • None of his work is exactly “approachable.”

        He also wrote epistolary novels such as Revelations (1973). The entire novel is comprised of the contents (personal notes, letters, transcripts, interviews, etc) of the main character’s desk draw.

        In the Enclosure (1973) is brilliant as well — humans have imprisoned aliens in an enclosure, the reason isn’t altogether clear. And the aliens themselves can’t seem to remember how exactly they got there….

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