I’ve had some Scalzi on my to-read list at Goodreads for a while, but just hadn’t gotten to it. When I saw this pop up, though, I was thoroughly intrigued. As a Star Trek fan, the references to the Original Series are obvious and numerous – we’re just seeing it from the ‘redshirts’ side of things. Where it gets wierd, though, is that it becomes clear that these red-shirted Ensigns are somehow being compelled to do these remarkably stupid things. They’ve gone to school for years to learn science, but when it comes time to analyze the sample that the Captain gives you, it takes exactly the amount of time that the plot seems to require. But the rest of the time, the world seems normal and real.
So what’s happening? We’ll have to find out when the book hits the shelves (or your favorite eBook reader) in June. For now, you can read the first 4 chapters for free via your Kindle or Nook, or on the Tor Forge site. If you like the excerpt and would like to buy the book, you can order it via either Amazon or Barnes and Noble, with these links helping me keep this place running.