Looking for the title of a book. A spaceship malfunction results in an individual being turned inside out with their organs now on the outside of their body. They are still alive, for a moment.
This is a vague starting point, as there are many similar stories of horrific ways to die in space of course. I do know:
- it was from a school library, so probably juvenile fiction.
- this was not from a main stream franchise including Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Gallactica, etc. It is a standalone book.
- the character was a passenger, or perhaps junior officer; basically a red-shirt. Their purpose was just to die and be inverted, without any more meaningful purpose to the story.
- perhaps militaristic. I want to say it happens on a military ship, but could be completely wrong as I also want (less) to say it happens on a passenger liner. It's a larger ship, not for individuals.
- I read it in approximately 1983, so publication must have been 1985 at the latest. Likely 1980ish as I believe the book was relatively new.
- I don't recall the nature of the malfunction, but I believe it was some sort of "warp anomaly" or "hyperspace accident" without remembering if the words warp or hyperspace were actually used. Perhaps FTL accident fits better.