The most dangerous job in the galaxy

I remember once having one of those rambly post-pub conversations with a friend about how someone should write a sci fi sitcom about all the red shirt guys in star trek while they were off duty. You know… Just hanging out, saying disparaging things about the senior crew members and generally being completely normal people who happen to work on a starship. And then occasionally making a character go missing. If any character asks where he is (because redshirts are always male), someone would just mention that he’d gone on an away mission, and the others would nod knowingly and plan sick days so they could avoid being the next to join an away team.

Well, it may not be a sitcom, but John Scalzi has created something very much like that in book form. This hasn’t actually been released here in the UK yet and won’t be till November – But I’d very much like to read it whenever it is. In fact, I think its safe to say that I need to! Maybe I should import a copy from the US

(With a tip of the phaser to the Bad Astronomer, whose subtle hints about it reminded me a bit of that scene in Spaceballs where they play a copy of the movie they’re in to find out what happens next…)

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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