Star Wars on trial : science fiction and fantasy writers by David Brin
By David Brin
Debates at the authenticity of the Star Wars franchise and the hero-or-villain prestige of George Lucas are on the middle of those essays by way of bestselling science-fiction authors. The tremendous approval for the films has ended in the formation of robust feelings in the technological know-how fiction neighborhood at the strengths and flaws of the movies, exemplified right here through David Brin's assaults and Matthew Woodring Stover's safety of the flicks. This excessive exam of the epic works addresses a wide variety of issues�from politics, faith, and the saga's total good judgment to the impression of the sequence on bookshelf house in addition to science-fiction movie. The query Is George Lucas a hero for bringing technology fiction to a mass viewers or a villain who does not comprehend the style he is operating for? is mentioned earlier than a last "Judge's Verdict" at the greatness�or weakness�of the franchise is reached.
About the Author
David Brin is the writer of 15 novels, together with Earth, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War, and diverse brief tales. he's the recipient of 3 Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award. He lives in Encinitas, CA. Matthew Woodring Stover is the writer of the movie novelization Stars Wars: Revenge of the Sith, in addition to Blade of Tyshalle and Star Wars: Shatterpoint. He lives in Chicago, IL.
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