Friday, October 28, 2011

Covering the Cover - Redshirts, by John Scalzi

All the really Kool Kids are talking about this today, so you might have already seen this.  John Scalzi's upcoming stand-alone novel now has a cover!

You can go to to read about the cover art process and see alternate version of the cover that were discarded for various reason.   I think they made the right decision, as I like this one the best.

Also, check out what the author himself has to say about the cover at his blog, Whatever.

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, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. 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.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy belowdecks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. 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.

Redshirts is scheduled to be released Summer 2012.

1 comment:

  1. Redshirts_ starts out with an intriguing premise but never develops that premise beyond the most superficial treatment. Instead of a brilliantly executed completely resolved convoluted plot, such as in his _Android's Dream_, _Redshirts_ adopts a tone which can best be described as all participants shouting at each other constantly while on a rushed through poorly explained resolution.

    Even the resolution isn't fully expressed within the body of the plot. Instead Scalzi resorts to the lame gimmick of 'codas' which aren't really different endings or variations, but rather tacked on plot resolutions two of which are reasonably interesting (if uninvolving) to read but one of which is more shouting cranked up to 140 dB. Yes, these elements add to the story but they also could have been worked into the main plot bringing a good deal of added texture to this shallow novel, but that would have taken some effort.