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Star Trek spoof with metaphysical tosh added.,
This review is from: Redshirts (Paperback)
I've never read this author before, and bought the book for two reasons: it's won this year's Hugo and the blurb suggested an amusing Star Trek spoof. And it is amusing. I take the point made by some reviewers that the characterisation is slight (these are redshirts, after all) and that it's mostly dialogue, but it's zippy, snappy dialogue and it gave me a few chuckles. Coming from someone whose single attempt to read Pratchett left me straight-faced that's some compliment.
Star Trek fans will get the jokes, and this is a quick and enjoyable read for the most part. Unfortunately the author then starts to take his own gag seriously and demands that the reader do too, and so we get a few rambling over-indulgent codas to insert some post-modern meta-fiction, metaphysics and other tosh stuck at the end of what had been, until then, a light and enjoyable romp. A pity, but it's certainly put me off reading anything else by this author.
As to the Hugo award, it strikes me that, given that last years winner, the excellent Among Others by Jo Walton, was positively littered with classic sci-fi references, that science fiction is becoming far too self-referential for its own good. (I mean, you can't even watch Dr Who these days unless you've seen it for a few decades!)
Trekkies might like this despite the 'extras' rather than because of them.