star trek en Writer Puts Expendable 'Redshirts' In The Spotlight Fans of <em>Star Trek</em> long ago noted that anonymous security officers who accompanied the show's stars rarely survived the experience. Shortly after being beamed down, they would be vaporized, stomped or eaten for dramatic effect. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:54:00 +0000 NPR Staff 15602 at 'Redshirts:' A Love Letter To Sci-Fi Fans Science fiction is often a genre in conversation with itself; from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels to <em>Galaxy Quest</em>, from <em>The Walking Dead</em> to <em>The Purple Rose of Cairo</em>, it thrives on metatext and a love of details. It's a place inhabited by loyal, passionate fans who are nonetheless acutely aware of — and happy to question — the minutiae of what they love.<p>In fact, it's a show's biggest fans who are most likely to be watching a starship crew suit up for a mission and asking the screen, "All three top-ranking officers are going? Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:03:00 +0000 editor 13662 at