Redshirts cover

The above titled book by John Scalzi will be my latest review for Interzone, issue 245. (Or may be. It’s first reserve. Whatever, 500 words by the end of January.)

Despite his having published innumerable novels I have not yet read anything by Mr Scalzi. (There are only so many days in a year sadly.) Time to remedy that.

The back cover blurb mentions the following strange goings on on board the spaceship which is the book’s setting:-

– Every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien force.

– The ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations.

– At least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

All this sounds familiar somehow; but intriguing.

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