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The Madness of King George

By Keith R. A. DeCandido

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from Star Wars on Trial

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This is one essay from the anthology Star Wars on Trial

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 film, 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.

Contributors include:

  • Lou Anders
  • Bruce Bethke
  • Jeanne Cavelos
  • Don DeBrandt
  • Keith DeCandido
  • Richard Garfinkle
  • John Hemry
  • Tanya Huff
  • Scott Lynch
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Bob Metzger
  • Adam Roberts
  • Kristine Katherine Rusch
  • Laura Resnick
  • Bill Spangler
  • Karen Traviss
  • Ken Wharton
  • John C. Wright

About the Authors

David Brin’s bestselling SF novels have won Hugo, Nebula and other awards and have been translated into 20 languages. His 1989 thriller Earth foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and the Web. A 1998 movie was loosely adapted from his Campbell Award winner The Postman, while Foundation’s Triumph brought a grand finale to Isaac Asimov’s famed Foundation universe. Kiln People portrays people using “home copiers” to be in two places at once. David’s nonfiction book The Transparent Society deals with openness, security and liberty in the future; it won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

After decades of intensive textual analysis, literary historians have finally reached a consensus that Heroes Die, Blade of Tyshalle, Caine Black Knife, the Barra & Co. novels, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Traitor, Star Wars: Shatterpoint and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith were in fact not written by Matthew Woodring Stover at all, but by another man of the same name.

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About the Author

Keith R. A.  DeCandido

Keith R. A. DeCandido has been a fan of Spider-Man since seeing his live-action adventures on “The Electric Company” as a kid. His first short story sale and first novel sale were both collaborative Spider-Man tales (“An Evening in the Bronx with Venom” with John Gregory Betancourt in 1994’s The Ultimate Spider-Man and Venom’s Wrath with José R. Nieto in 1998), and solo he’s also written a Spidey short story (“Arms and the Man” in 1997’s Untold Tales of Spider-Man) and a Spidey novel (Down These Mean Streets in 2005). He’s become a regular Smart Pop contributor, having also written essays in Finding Serenity, The Man from Krypton, Star Wars on Trial, The Unauthorized X-Men and King Kong Is Back!, with more to come. Find out less at his official Web site at DeCandido.net.

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