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Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture

Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture

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by N. K. Jemisin

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Computer nerds are our titans of industry; comic-book superheroes are our Hollywood idols; the Internet is our night on the town. Clearly, geeks know something about life in the 21st century that other folks don’t—something we all can learn from. Geek Wisdom takes as gospel some 200 of the most powerful



Computer nerds are our titans of industry; comic-book superheroes are our Hollywood idols; the Internet is our night on the town. Clearly, geeks know something about life in the 21st century that other folks don’t—something we all can learn from. Geek Wisdom takes as gospel some 200 of the most powerful and oft-cited quotes from movies (“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”), television (“Now we know—and knowing is half the battle”), literature (“All that is gold does not glitter”), games, science, the Internet, and more. Now these beloved pearls of modern-day culture have been painstakingly interpreted by a diverse team of hardcore nerds with their imaginations turned up to 11. Yes, this collection of mini-essays is by, for, and about geeks—but it’s just so surprisingly profound, the rest of us would have to be dorks not to read it. So say we all.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Certified geek Stephen H. Segal knows that while others prattle and party, the geeks have inherited the earth. Geek Wisdom collects hundreds of tidbits of wisdom from cranium-activated nerds. (P.S. A neutron walks into a bar and asks how much for a drink. The bartender replies, "For you, no charge." If you find this joke funny, you are part of this book's target audience.)

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Written by several different science aficionados and self-described "geeks," this title attempts to bridge the gap between popular culture and intellectualism, providing several examples and quotes that each of the authors then reflects upon. While many current television shows and video games are discussed, other references are likely to be unfamiliar to most teens. The first-person, informal tone is utterly confusing; it seems to suggest that if readers don't agree with the superfluous statements presented by the authors, they probably just don't get them. Several of the editorial footnotes included at the bottom of each entry are amusing, however, and provide several fun facts about geeky things that many well-versed nerdy readers may be unfamiliar with. While some of this book is amusing for adults in their late 20's or so, teens would most likely lose interest after just a few pages.—Ryan Donovan, New York Public Library
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"Very smart looking tome."—Wired.com

“Geek Wisdom proves that insight needn’t come from dusty old tomes and the lips of long-dead philosophers. Maybe C-3P0 isn’t Socrates and The Superfriends aren’t a French Salon, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to teach us.”—Suvudu.com
Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teaching of Nerd Culture is not only an invaluable guide into geekdom it's also indispensable if you have to go undercover and penetrate a secret geek society.”—Neatorama.com

“Any good story, religious or not, can be deconstructed to find an underlying message. That’s the unifying theme of Geek Wisdom, which treats pop culture as a form of secular religion, delivering insights on life from talking robots, flying dragons and everything in between.”—PopMatters

“Premise is nothing short of brilliant.”—Florida Times Union

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A Note on Spoilers

I. My Name Is Inigo Montoya
(wisdom about the self)

II. Form Feet and Legs
(wisdom about relationships)

III. We Are All Individuals
(wisdom about humankind)

IV. Knowing Is Half the Battle
(wisdom about conflict)

V. Billions and Billions
(wisdom about the universe)

VI. In the Year 2929
(wisdom about the future)

From the Hardcover edition.

Meet the Author

Stephen H. Segal is the Hugo Award winning senior contributing editor to Weird Tales, the world’s oldest fantasy/sci-fi/horror magazine, and an editor at Quirk Books. His geek portfolio includes work for Tor Books, Viz Media, and WQED Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon. A native of Atlantic City, he lives in Philadelphia.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Geek Wisdom 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the quotes. Some of them made me laugh. Good book.
Pagesculptor More than 1 year ago
I laughed so hard as I read the history to some of the most famous quotes repeated by myself and fellow geeks. I have also used this book as a reference for my non-geek friends. Saves time and misunderstanding, plus they feel like they're being let in on the joke!
CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
The pop-culture philosophy of Geek Wisdom, edited by Stephen H. Segal, includes a famous quote on each page from nerdy sources, with a paragraph of musings on its context, meaning, and impact. It’s a brilliant concept that leads to (what I personally found to be) surprisingly profound observations on life and living. Quotes run from “With great power comes great responsibility,” to “There is no spoon,” to “Don’t Panic,” to “My God — it’s full of stars!” An extra footnote at the bottom of each page includes a fascinating factoid about each quote; did you know that last quote only appears in the novel version of “2001: A Space Odyssey?” I really enjoyed musing over the musings in this book.
LiterarylionSB More than 1 year ago
Science fiction and fantasy permeate modern pop culture: from the internet to cell phones, television, the movies--even books have gone high tech. The geeks are everywhere which makes this the perfect time to celebrate your own inner geek. Geek Wisdom is a collection of short essays about famous quotes from all over our world given unique geek insight. Don't miss out on the footnotes at the bottom of the pages; some of those on their own are well worth the read. Grab your over-caffeinated beverage of choice and enjoy; you might even learn a thing or two about the world we all live in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nerds deserve ATOMIC wedgies HA
Christine_reader More than 1 year ago
This isn't so much a book to be read from cover to cover, a fact I realized far too late. Rather it's one to skip around, go back to, re-read. Yes, yes, I KNOW it's a geek book, but it's not all quotes from your favorite (or totally geeked out there) characters. It's got good advice, especially for those still not comfortable in their own skin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
Excellent book