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Red Dwarf Omnibus: Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers & Better Than Life [Paperback]

Grant Naylor
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9 Nov 1992
Here are the first two novels of the cult series Red Dwarf in one volume – Red Dwarf and Better Than Life – plus the first draft of the original TV pilot script. It all when Dave Lister is celebrating his twenty-fourth birthday on a Monopoly board pub crawl round London, and somehow ends up three million years from Earth, marooned in the wrong dimension of the wrong reality, and down to his last two cigarettes. Together with a dead man, a senile computer, a deranged sanitation mechanoid with an overactive guilt chip and the best-dressed entity in all six known universes, the last remaining member of the human race begins his epic journey home.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Omnibus Ed edition (9 Nov 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140174664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140174663
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ this book!!! 26 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Red Dwarf has become a household name in Britain, everybody has at least heard of it. It is famed however for its many contradictions and errors in its continuity. In both INFINITY WELCOMES CAREFUL DRIVERS and BETTER than life, the writing partnership of Grant and Naylor got a chance to rewrite some of these early errors and produce a couplet of novels which stand out in their own right. The plot is still the same. One man lost alone in space, the human race by now exstinct, with only the comany of a senile computer, a creatture descended from cats, a nuerotic android, and a holographic recreation of the one man from existence who irritates you most for, company. But what Grant and Naylor have done is give their chatracters more flesh, more purpose, more HISTORY. A history we can relate to, and inbetween the moments of humour, largely based on the scripts from the first two seasons on BBC2, we really feel for the plight of Dave Lister trapped out in space all as the mysterious resolution of a monopoly board pub quiz. Rimmer too is more justified, and neurotic, but the difference is again that through the mediyum of novel we can get inside the mind of this characature more than before. Superbly funny. At times Dark. At times moving. And available in this addition with the bonus of the original beermat the plan was sketched on and two scripts WHAT MORE could you ask for? READ IT.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red dwarf - an oldie but a goodie 3 Mar 2006
straight from the writers of the hit SCI-FI show Red Dwarf. This book, written by Rob Grant and Doug naylor (Grant Naylor),has to be the perfect additon to any dwarfers' collection.
the majourity of the 1st book 'Infinity welcomes careful drivers' ties up many of the loose ends the early seires' (1-4/5) failed to cover/broadcast such as what ever happend to all those other Cats? where as the 2nd book 'Better than life' continues the journey of Lister and co In the literacy world as well as tieing up someof the issues in the Later series'(5/6 -8/7) and provideing connections to the other books 'Backwards and 'Last human'.
this is a Fantastic book a must for any Dwarf Fan, like myself,and all the Grant Naylor books are 'un-put-downable...' !! Read it, Read it now! you will not be dissapointed. :D
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better then T.V!! 17 April 2004
By A Customer
I wanted to read the Red Dwarf books, and I hoped they'd be a funny as the tv series. I was wrong, they were even funnier. Every page is fantastic, well written and extremely humourous. I read it in under 2 days, becuase you left on a cliffhanger on every chapter end. Its got one of the best endings i've ever read and I won't spoil it for you, to find out what happens, read it, you won't be dissapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is possibly the funniest book I have ever read!

As per the title I am banned from taking it on holiday as I can open the book anywhere and be laughing out loud in seconds. I have read this book over 30 times and it is still a classic piece of well written comedy.

I hope it is kindled soon, as I would like to sneak it away and retire my battered book soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 28 Nov 2010
By J. Cook
Having watched all the shows I bought the book. I would say I was pleasantly surpried but I wasn't. I expected the book to be even better and was not disappointed. I chuckled all the way through this gem. I have reread it a few times since and still enjoy it. A must read for anyone that loves Red Dwarf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dwarfing Heaven 20 Dec 2006
If you have ever seen, and enjoyed, the surreal and cult classic Red Dwarf, this book is a must. The insane situations that the Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Holly (and later Kryten) get up to are quite simply hilarious on teh screen and the first book follows more or less the storyline of the first 3-4series. its promotes and expands on some of the storylines that could never had been suitable televised in the late 80s & ealry 90s like Rimmers capitalist empire and listers original story. i simply could not put the omnibus down and have read it time after time.

for fans of: red dwarf (obviously), hitch-hikers guide, other rob grant books (imcompetance and colony... both worth a look) and life in general.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grant and Naylor are true genuises 19 Dec 2001
This book is my all time favourite fiction book. I cannot begin to describe how funny it is! I just think that no one except Rob Grant and Doug Naylor could EVER come up with characters like Lister, Holly, Cat, Kryten and Rimmer. The whole series of books and television episodes are works of art. I..... I..... I just can't say anymore, I just can't describe how great these books are. All I can say really is, anyone who doesn't like the books is a smeghead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Red Dwarf fans 5 Nov 2008
By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE
Unusually I've never been a particular fan of TV Red Dwarf.
The show always seemed to fall into formula latterly, basically they'd leave the ship, discover something engage in some slapstick and head home.

However the books are a different matter - these are the classic two writer books and are much superior to the later Backwards/ Last Human books.

So basically the plot is that a motley crew of a revived human, a hologram of a dead man, a super-evolved cat and a sanitation droid (robot) try to pick their way through an decrepit universe. The comedy is mainly of the Odd Couple type with Rimmer and Lister at each others throats.
The books are highly inventive and very readable, not actually laugh out loud funny for me, but excellent sci-fi comedy.

This is a two book set and well worth buying if you're either a sci-fi or a comedy fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Hitch Hikers guide or Terry Pratchett this is a must-read
A old favourite of mine, recently re-read. I feel like I find something new to love every time. The audiobook version is perfect!
Published 2 months ago by Miss F. Simms
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy and science fiction
This book is hilarious, and explains how the main character ends up three million miles from earth. Of course it is science fiction, but there are lots of jokes relevant to things... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ellie
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book !!
Arrived in good time considering the christmas period. Great condition, just love the red dwarf series and this is a really good laugh.
Published 3 months ago by Mr Barry Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars The saga begins.
A great read for RD fanatics who have always wondered how exactly Dave Lister came to be stranded 3 millions years from home. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Basko
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I can't recommend the Red Dwarf books highly enough. A must read for all fans of the TV show; even though most of the plot is covered in the shows, the books are all gripping and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jozxyqk
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read - SF at its best and funniest
It builds the TV series and gives it depth and context. There are several science fiction flights of fancy - hopping cars, garbage world - that fit into a realistic universe which... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2012 by Mr. M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
As a fan of Red Dwarf, I loved it, completly different from TV series, well worth buying. Have read again and again.
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by COMBATCLERK
5.0 out of 5 stars If i could give 6 stars I would
Absolutely fantastic Sci-fi, I'm a massive fan of the series but this book took all of the comedy, interesting ideas and hilarious characters of the series and somehow turned them... Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by Chris R
4.0 out of 5 stars Ship wrecked and comatosed
Very good story(s) (from what I have read) I thnk it helps if you are familiar with the characters from the tv series
Published on 5 May 2010 by flying coffin
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book
I first read this in the mid 90's, it was then and still is now the funniest book I have ever read. By the third page I was in tears and pain with laughter. It is soooo funny. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2009 by edzshed
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