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David Brin co-edits a new “Smart Pop” book on Star Wars

IEET Fellow David Brin has co-edited (with Matthew Woodring Stover) a book published on November 3, 2015, titled: Star Wars on Trial: The Force Awakens Edition: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time

The book is available in Paperback and Kindle, at Amazon. It is the latest book in the Smart Pop series.

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.

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.”

The Amazon description of the book is:

Order in the Court!

Star Wars: the most significant, powerful myth of the twenty-first century or morally bankrupt military fantasy?

Six films. Countless books. $20 billion in revenue. No one can question the financial value or cultural impact of the Star Wars film franchise. But has the impact been for the good?

In Star Wars on Trial’s courtroom—Droid Judge presiding—Star Wars stands accused of elitist politics and sexism, religious and ethical lapses, the destruction of literary science fiction and science fiction film, and numerous plot holes and logical gaps.

Supported by a witness list of bestselling science fiction authors, David Brin (for the prosecution) and Matthew Woodring Stover (for the defense) debate these charges and more before delivering their closing statements.

The verdict? That’s up to you.

The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the perfect time to look back at George Lucas’ crimes, and new forewords by Brin and Stover discuss the newest generation of Star Wars films and what JJ Abrams must do to live up to—or redeem—the franchise.

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