STAR WARS ON TRIAL:
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time
WHAT HATH GEORGE LUCAS WROUGHT?
"Are we being taught, gradually but inexorably, to turn away from the whole modernist agenda? The concept that science, society, citizenship and faith are things that go well together, contributing to the good of everybody? Or that there was once a good idea -- to replace arbitrary leader-worship with democratic institutions that we can all hope to share?" -- Star Wars on Trial
Is George Lucas' Star Wars the most significant, powerful myth of the twentieth century or a morally bankrupt military fantasy? Will J. J. Abrams' twenty-first century contribution to the Star Wars series avoid, repeat, or correct the mistakes of the originals? These are just a few of the questions Star Wars on Trial: The Force Awakens poses. Want to learn more? See my interview at Science Technology Future.
In Star Wars on Trial, two dozen wonderfully articulate authors "testify" either for the prosecution or the defense. Is SW fantasy disguised as science fiction? Does the series spread doom-pessimism about democracy? Has it been a let-down since "The Empire Strikes Back"? Does it even make any sense? Be prepared for a wild, extravagant "trial" -- brash and entertaining and downright fun!
MY ORIGINAL STAR WARS CRITIQUE
I've been asked to pen a few comments about movies, particularly science fiction and fantasy movies. The most infamous of these was the series I wrote about Star Wars for Salon Magazine. I've posted a page on this site which links to the Salon articles and my comments on the heated responses to it.
"Suffice it to say that, if you like science fiction general, you owe it to yourself to read this book. You'll discover some interesting ties between Star Wars and its effects on science fiction as it is today. If you're a Star Wars fan, this should be an auto buy." -- SF Signal
"The book succeeds not because of its ability to sway anyone one way or another, but because of the conversation." -- TheForce.net
"I am certainly part of the target audience: a life-long, passionate Star Wars fan whose love is tempered by feelings of frustration -- and even betrayal -- by Lucas's handling of the prequels and my favorite character." -- Goodreads community review