|Plot Summary of Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers|
|"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."
Ivy, Resident Scholar
|"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."
Melissa Cookson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
Robots, Computers, VR
Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:
- good robot(s)
- good computer AI
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- 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?
Takes place in spaceship?
- mostly 3rd
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