I am writing this review because it has just been announced this month that FX is making Redshirts into a short tv-series. And I’m pretty excited about that! Scalzi is to be the executive producer on the series, so hopefully that should keep it from being cut into scraps and put together like Frankenstein’s monster.
Ok so what did I think about the book? You guessed it I liked it a lot…
I loved it! Redshirts was so cool and funny and clever and very meta – in a good way. It is also very self-aware. The book plays a lot with the tropes of Star Trek but mixes in other space opera tropes as well. There is a scene in the beginning of the book where the other scientists tries to explain to Andrew how their box that solves all problems just before the deadline runs out works. It is hilarious and it is reminiscent of so many bad action movie tropes.
While being laughing out loud funny, the book made me think – it is a deeply existential book – without being in any way shape or form boring. Mixed in with the humor and satire is quite a bit of thinking about what it means to be real, human and how narratives shapes out live – or at least how we think about out live.
I heard all of it more or less straight through in a day. I think this might even be a book I need to hear again – which is really rare for me. Will Wheaton does a very good job with the narration. And how very fitting that it is him that narrates this book.
I very much recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi and who likes tv-shows or writers.
Published: 2012 by Audible Frontiers
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Read: September 18, 2012
The author: male, white, USA
The protagonist: Andrew Dahl, male, straight, white, scientist, able-bodied.