Redshirt Roll Call!


Not too long back I wrote about redshirting. Now I’m finally getting a taste of the action. There are three books either out or soon-to-be-released where my doppelganger makes an appearance, with mixed results.

In Richard Weyand’s, A Charter For The Commonwealth (Book 4 of the Childers Universe), I don’t get redshirted (I think) but I do get to be an assassin.  You’ll have to buy the book to see what foul deeds are committed by fictional me.

But for those looking to see me get what’s coming to me (Hiya ChinaMike, CamelToby, et al), or at least my fictional me, there are two books that are definitely for you.

My fellow editor of Planetary Anthology: Pluto, Dawn Witzke, redshirted me in her novel, Courage of Martyrs, the sequel to Path of Angels. The book comes out at the end of the month and I am eager to read about my explosive demise. No more spoilers than that my children.

Then there is Daniel Allen Butler, who has seen me gone to glory in his novel “The Achilles Gambit” due to be released soon. Here’s how he describes it:

“Well, Richard, you are now dead. Not mostly dead, but “I went through your pockets looking for loose change” dead. Officially, utterly, completely, thoroughly, irrecoverably and irredeemably dead.

At least “Rich Paolinelli” as found in The Achilles Gambit is concerned. Aforementioned Paolinelli is now an ex-Paolinelli. He’s demised. He’s passed on. That Rich Paolinelli is no more. He has ceased to be. He’s expired and gone to meet his maker. He’s a stiff. Bereft of life, he rests in peace! He’s pushing up the daisies. His metabolic processes are now history. He’s off the twig — he’s kicked the bucket! He’s shuffled off this mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! HE’S FOOKIN” SNUFFED IT!!!

Just thought you might like to know that your red-shirting went very well….”

Hey, as long as I went out in style, right?



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