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Redshirts; A Novel with Three Codas

Redshirts; A Novel with Three Codas

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Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to theUniversal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of theUniversal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting,and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to theship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on thefact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethalconfrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chiefscience officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky alwayssurvive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed. Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy belowdecks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission.Then Andrew stumbles on information that completelytransforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what thestarship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-riskchance to save their own lives.
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to theUniversal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of theUniversal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting,and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to theship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on thefact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethalconfrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chiefscience officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky alwayssurvive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed. Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy belowdecks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission.Then Andrew stumbles on information that completelytransforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what thestarship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-riskchance to save their own lives.

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This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and eventsportrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination orare used fictitiously.
REDSHIRTS
Copyright © 2012 by John ScalziAll rights reserved.Edited by Patrick Nielsen HaydenA Tor BookPublished by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC175 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10010 www.tor-forge.com Tor
®
is a registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.ISBN 978-0-7653-1699-8 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4299-6360-2 (e-book)First Edition: June 2012Printed in the United States of America0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
 
•••••
CHAPTER ONE
E
nsign Andrew Dahl looked out the window of Earth Dock,the Universal Unions space station above the planet Earth,and gazed at his next ship.He gazed at the
 Intrepid 
.“Beautiful, isn’t she?” said a voice.Dahl turned to see a young woman, dressed in a starshipensign’s uniform, also looking out toward the ship.“She is,” Dahl agreed.“The Universal Union Capital Ship
 Intrepid,
” the youngwoman said. “Built in 2453 at the Mars Dock. Flagship of theUniversal Union since 2456. First captain, Genevieve Shan.Lucius Abernathy, captain since 2462.”“Are you the
 Intrepid 
s tour guide?” Dahl asked, smiling.“Are you a tourist?” the young woman asked, smiling back.“No,” Dahl said, and held out his hand. “Andrew Dahl. I’vebeen assigned to the
 Intrepi
. I’m just waiting on the 1500shuttle.”The young woman took his hand. “Maia Duvall,” shesaid. “Also assigned to the
 Intrepid 
. Also waiting on the 1500shuttle.”“What a coincidence,” Dahl said.“If you want to call two Dub U Space Fleet members waitingin a Dub U space station for a shuttle to the Dub U spaceshipparked right outside the shuttle berth window a coincidence,sure,” Duvall said.“Well, when you put it that way,” Dahl said.“Why are you here so early?” Duvall asked. “It’s only nownoon. I thought I would be the first one waiting for theshuttle.”

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