Star Wars on Trial: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time

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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. 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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100891
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Smart Pop Series
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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David Brin is the author of 15 novels, including Earth, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War, and numerous short stories. He is the recipient of three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award. He lives in Encinitas, CA. Matthew Woodring Stover is the author of the film novelization Stars Wars: Revenge of the Sith, as well as Blade of Tyshalle and Star Wars: Shatterpoint. He lives in Chicago, IL.
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Table of Contents

Charge #1 The politics of Star Wars are anti-democratic and elitist 81
For the defense : Keith R. A. DeCandido 83
Charge #2 While claiming mythic significance, Star Wars portrays no admirable religious or ethical beliefs 97
For the prosecution : John C. Wright 99
For the defense : Scott Lynch 121
Charge #3 Star Wars novels are poor substitutes for real science fiction and are driving real SF off the shelves 135
For the prosecution : Lou Anders 137
For the defense : Laura Resnick 151
For the defense : Karen Traviss 159
For the defense : Kristine Kathryn Rusch 169
Charge #4 Science fiction filmmaking has been reduced by Star Wars to poorly written special effects extravaganzas 183
For the prosecution : John G. Hemry 185
For the defense : Bruce Bethke 199
Charge #5 Star Wars has dumbed down the perception of science fiction in the popular imagination 217
For the prosecution : Tanya Huff 219
For the defense : Richard Garfinkle 233
Charge #6 Star Wars pretends to be science fiction, but is really fantasy 245
For the prosecution : Ken Wharton 247
For the defense : Robert A. Metzger 263
For the prosecution : Bruce Bethke 279
For the defense : Adam Roberts 287
Charge #7 Women in Star Wars are portrayed as fundamentally weak 303
For the prosecution : Jeanne Cavelos 305
For the defense : Bill Spangler 329
Charge #8 The plot holes and logical gaps in Star Wars make it ill-suited for an intelligent viewer 341
For the prosecution : Nick Mamatas 343
For the defense : Don DeBrandt 357
Closing statements 369
For the prosecution : David Brin 371
For the defense : Matthew Woodring Stover 379
The verdict 383
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