Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Paperback)

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It's a well-known fact among sci-fi fans that if you're on an away mission and you're wearing a red shirt, you gon' die. In this hilarious send-up of shows like "Star Trek," the ensigns doomed to meaningless deaths on the surfaces of alien worlds have realized that there is an unseen force controlling their fate and that they must develop bizarre strategies just to survive. Desperate times call for desperate time travel.

— David R.


Redshirts is John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-winning novel of the starship ensigns who were expendable...until they started comparing notes.

Tor Essentials presents new editions of science fiction and fantasy titles of proven merit and lasting value, each volume introduced by an appropriate literary figure.

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, with the chance to serve on "Away Missions" alongside the starship’s famous senior officers.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to realize that (1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s senior officers always survive these confrontations, and (3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs. Then Andrew stumbles on information that 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.

With a new introduction by Mary Robinette Kowal, author of the Hugo-winning The Calculating Stars.

About the Author

JOHN SCALZI is one of the most popular SF authors of his generation. His debut, Old Man's War, won him the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, Redshirts (which won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel), The Last Emperox, and 2022's The Kaiju Preservation Society. Material from his blog, Whatever (, has earned him two other Hugo Awards. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Twitter: @scalzi
Instagram: @jscalzi

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250781215
ISBN-10: 1250781213
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English