The hokey and harmless-seeming police officer in 1950s West Texas likes to say ‘golly’ and ‘gee whiz’ in between slapping women around and staging sudden and brutal murders. Few in his small town want to confront the possibility that this gentleman-officer is capable of any sort of violence. As our narrator/serial killer states plainly the whys and wherefores of his extracurricular activities, his tone stays chummy and light. It’s pretty unsettling how wholesome and clean a psychopath can be. Creepy! Fun!
John Scalzi discusses and signs Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
06/12/2012 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn't be better... until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that 1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship's captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and 3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely 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.