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Rob Grant – Backwards | Review

Title: Backwards

Author: Rob Grant

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 344

Rating: 7/10


Rob Grant - Backwards

Rob Grant – Backwards


Backwards is one of three Red Dwarf novels, but it’s the only one that Doug Naylor wasn’t involved with – to me, it’s noticeable, because whilst this is still a good book, it isn’t on a par with Better Than Life and Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers.

That said, it’s not just a simple novelisation of the episode with the same name, either – there’s a lot more depth to this, and Kristine Kochanski plays a huge role in the story line, too. There’s a lot of fun to be had here if you’re a fan of the series, and even though I think that the other two books are better, there’s room on your bookcase for all three of them.

One of the interesting things about this book in particular is that it offers an entirely different view of the Red Dwarf universe, and because time is flowing backwards, key events from the series either don’t happen or don’t happen differently. It’s hard to explain exactly what I mean without using spoilers, but you’ll see what I mean within the first fifty pages.


Grant Naylor

Grant Naylor


It’s also interesting to see how concepts and ideas from other episodes in the series are pulled together to create a sort of bizarre amalgam. Whilst the idea of backwards time is virtually identical to how it was represented in the show, there are also elements such as terraforming which are lifted from other episodes, making it a pretty convincing add-on to the Red Dwarf universe.

So overall, if you’re a fan of the show then I’d recommend it – after all, there’s only a finite amount of content to consume, and so you’re going to have to get around to this sometime. If you’re new to Red Dwarf, I’d recommend giving Better Than Life a try instead. And then there’s Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, too – that’s a good one to go for if you want to learn more about the back story, and how Lister got hired.


Red Dwarf Promo

Red Dwarf Promo


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Grant Naylor – Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers | Review

Title: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

Author: Grant Naylor

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 298

Rating: 7/10


Grant Naylor - Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

Grant Naylor – Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers


Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers is one of several novelisations of the cult sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The writers of the show are also the writers of the novel, hence the pseudonym that they choose to adopt – sadly, they had a big fallout and that signalled the end of the novels, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not a joy to read.

But this one is certainly the weakest of them, although it is a great way to find out more about Lister’s back story. The problem is that I find his back story to be less interesting than the adventures that he got up to after he ended up marooned on one of Saturn’s moons with no way of getting back home.

If you’re a fan of the TV show then you should definitely take a look at the books, but I’d read Better Than Life and Backwards first, in that order. There’s no reason why you can’t work your way through all of the books in the series, but it doesn’t really matter whether you read them in the right order or not.

Put simply, if you’re a fan of the writersquirky sense of humour then you’re going to be a fan of this book, too. It’s exactly what you might expect from a novel by these two, so if you decide to pick it up then you know what to expect. It’s good for a laugh, but it shouldn’t be taken too seriously as a piece of science fiction writing. They’re not in the same league as Isaac Asimov, or other writers of his ilk.


Grant Naylor

Grant Naylor


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