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Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers Book Review Summary

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After getting drunk, Lister ends up on a flight to one of Saturn's moons. Not having enough money to get back to Earth, he spends his days stealing hoppers and drinking and his nights sleeping in a locker. He joins the Space Corps in order to get a free flight back to Earth, which, unfortunately, doesn't work out like he plans. After being dumped by his girlfriend, he gets put in stasis. Shortly after that, everyone on his ship is killed. When Lister comes out of stasis, three million years have passed, the human race no longer exists, and all he's got for company on his ship, the Red Dwarf, is a bitter holographic man, an AI program, and a highly evolved cat. Because he has no other place he wishes to be, Lister tries to find Earth. This is mainly a very funny book, but the ending is depressing.
This report prepared by Melissa Cookson



This is the novel version of the British TV series Red Dwarf - except the book doesn't follow the same plot or sequence as the show, and even the characters are a bit different. It's impossible to describe, but basically: David Lister joined up with the Jupiter Mining Corporation to get back to earth, but after a stint in penal suspended animation, he awakes to find himself the last human in the universe, on a ship thirty million years into deep space. His only company consists of the hologram of his detested bunkmate and superior, a creature who evolved from the ship's cat, the ship's computer Holly, and a menial robot. That should give you some idea of the book - it's hysterical, and anyone who liked Douglas Adams will adore it.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   good robot(s)    -   good computer AI Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human freighter/transport    -   really, really giant spaceship/station A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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