Redshirts

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News broke a couple of days ago that John Scalzi‘s Hugo winning novel Redshirts was picked up by FX for a “limited” television series. This isn’t a case of, “If we can’t get a Star Trek or Galaxy Quest series on TV, Redshirts is a good stand-in.” Redshirts is a fantastic comedic look at the world of sci-fi television and deserves a place alongside those franchises. (more…)

“He’s dead Jim.”

Most of you will recognize at least one of the two names, John Scalzi and Jonathan Coulton. One is a fantastic Science Fiction writer / commentator and the other is a terrifically nerdy musician, put the two together then add a creative pinch of Star Trek fan Trekpropguy and you get the wonderful video below. It all started with Scalzi’s new book Redshirts. Scalzi then got Coulton involved.

Coulton explained on his blog site:

“A while ago John Scalzi, one of my favorite sci-fi authors (and a pal as well) asked if I would write a theme song for his new novel, Redshirts. I said yes, mostly so I could get a chance to read it. You can read about and listen to what happened next and listen to the song over at tor.com as of this morning. You can also check out the whole series of chats about other sci-fi-themed songs of mine that John and I did leading up to today. I’ll be putting Redshirt up in my store soon, and the band and I will be playing it on our June tour. Hooray!”

Then Trekpropguy heard the song and:

“This video was made in tribute to an awesome new song from Jonathan Coulton called “Redshirt” After the song stuck in my head for several days, I decided to make a video using clips from Star Trek to go with the music. I think I did pretty well. No copyright infringement was intended. All these clips were used from clips available on Youtube. Feel free to share, comment, embed, just don’t modify the video!”

Blend the three together and you get Musical Star Trek magic n a bottle. This NerdeBastard has been a long time fan of Scalzi’s writing and Coulton’s music. This merger of the two has made my day. I’m gonna watch it again once I get this dust out of my eyes . . .

There is a bonus video as well. You see, Scalzi has been learning to play the Ukelele. Who better to perform the first Internet Ukelele cover of “Redshirts” than the author of the book? He’s pretty damn good for an amateur.

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