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TOR.com: J.J. Abrams and the Homogenization of Geek Pop

Many fans enjoyed J.J. Abrams work on revisioning Star Trek with his 2009 film and thereby rebooting the franchise. Others, such as myself, were not so pleased with the efforts. After Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas it announced plans for a new film, and the search for a director began. After […]

Star Wars as Medieval Religious Art

I recently came across a link to some art by Chey Chao that took Star Wars and framed it in the context of Medieval art. Not only is the art interesting, but since Star Wars drew heavily from various mythological sources, has become a mythology in its own right, and provides the basis for the […]

The People vs. George Lucas: TheoFantastique Podcast 2.7

I recently had the opportunity to watch the new documentary, The People vs. George Lucas. From the DVD cover and the website: They gave him their love, their money and their online parodies. He gave them… the prequels. The passion the original Star Wars trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled; but when it comes […]

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Criteria for Assessing “Better” Science Fiction

Yesterday one of the interesting media features I came across came from College Times. A piece by Janice Vega asked a question with its title “Which is better: Star Trek or Star Wars? Two mega-fans battle it out”. In the piece various facets of the two science fiction franchises are examined in competition and scored […]

Robert J. Sawyer, “A long time ago,” and science fiction’s social commentary

I recently came across a portion of a lecture given by science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer divided into three installments on YouTube. The lecture is titled “‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….’ my ass!”. Each of the installments can be viewed at the bottom of this post. In the lecture […]

My Best Friend is a Wookie: One Boy’s Journey to Find His Place in the Galaxy

Being a person on a lifelong journey with the fantastic I am always interested in the similar journeys of others. One day while following the book promotion of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks by Ethan Gilsdorf I was pleased to hear of another writer who chronicled a similar journey. Tony Pacitti describes his story in […]

Culture, Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. With it came a lot of television programming related to the Star Wars series of films, and one included commentary from the editors and contributors to Culture, Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies (Critical Explorations in Science […]

Star Wars Turns 30: Reflections, and Reasons for Success

I was reminded tonight through television advertisements, and through a program broadcast live from southern California, that 30 years ago today the first Star Wars film began in U.S. theaters, and several months later it was on its way to becoming an international popular culture phenomenon. I thought I’d use the occasion to touch on […]

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