Star Wars on Trial : Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time (Paperback)

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Debates on the authenticity of the "Star Wars" franchise and the hero-or-villain status of George Lucas are at the heart of these essays by bestselling science-fiction authors.

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Publisher Perseus Distribution Services
Mfg Part# 9781932100891
SKU 202212974
Format Paperback
ISBN10 193210089X
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 0.25T
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David Brin
Following the archetypal model for a "hard" science fiction writer, Glen David Brin has a science background--he has a B.S. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology, an M.S. in applied physics from U.C. San Diego, and a Ph.D. in space science. He has worked as an engineer at the Hughes Aircraft Company, given lectures on topics ranging from ecology to extraterrestrial life, and served on numerous advisory committees dealing about the "information superhighway." This background has infused his fiction-writing career, giving such books as his six-volume Uplift series, 1985's THE POSTMAN, and 1990's EARTH the kind of solid groundwork that has helped to propel them into the ranks of bestsellers, and won him numerous awards in the process. The first three books of the Uplift series--a complex story of assisted evolution on an interstellar scale consisting of SUNDIVER (1980), STARTIDE RISING (1983), and THE UPLIFT WAR (1987)--made Brin one of the most successful and popular, not to mention important, hard science fiction writers to appear on the scene. Subsequent works like the second group of three Uplift books, GLORY SEASON in 1993 and his award-winning, 1995 collection, OTHERNESS, have only served to increase his reputation.
Following the archetypal model for a "hard" science fiction writer, Glen David Brin has a science background--he has a B.S. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology, an M.S. in applied physics from U.C. San Diego, and a Ph.D. in space science. He has worked as an engineer at the Hughes Aircraft Company, given lectures on topics ranging from ecology to extraterrestrial life, and served on numerous advisory committees dealing about the "information superhighway." This background has infused his fiction-writing career, giving such books as his six-volume Uplift series, 1985's THE POSTMAN, and 1990's EARTH the kind of solid groundwork that has helped to propel them into the ranks of bestsellers, and won him numerous awards in the process. The first three books of the Uplift series--a complex story of assisted evolution on an interstellar scale consisting of SUNDIVER (1980), STARTIDE RISING (1983), and THE UPLIFT WAR (1987)--made Brin one of the most successful and popular, not to mention important, hard science fiction writers to appear on the scene. Subsequent works like the second group of three Uplift books, GLORY SEASON in 1993 and his award-winning, 1995 collection, OTHERNESS, have only served to increase his reputation.
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Editors Note ** COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED ** Debates on the authenticity of the Star Wars franchise and the hero-or-villain status of George Lucas are at the heart of these essays by bestselling science-fiction authors. The incredible popularity of the movies has led to the formation of strong emotions within the science fiction community on the strengths and flaws of the films, exemplified here by David Brin's attacks and Matthew Woodring Stover's defense of the movies. This intense examination of the epic works addresses a broad range of issues—from politics, religion, and the saga's overall logic to the impact of the series on bookshelf space as well as science-fiction film. The question Is George Lucas a hero for bringing science fiction to a mass audience or a villain who doesn't understand the genre he's working for? is discussed before a final "Judge's Verdict" on the greatness—or weakness—of the franchise is reached.

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