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As I Descended
Robin Talley
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History
'Christi, 'Kima Jones', 'Benjamin Parzybok', 'Michael Janairo', 'Jamey Hatley', 'Robert William Iveniuk', 'L.S. Johnson', 'Claire Humphrey', 'Meg Jayanth', 'Rion Amilcar Scott', 'Sunny Moraine', 'S Lynn', 'Tananarive Due', 'Thoraiya Dyer', 'Sofia Samatar'
City Folk: English Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America
Daniel Walkowitz

Great for casual nerds, not-so-great for rabid nerds

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope - Ian Doescher

Fun and cute, most likely to be appreciated by casual nerds, film buffs, and Shakespeare enjoyers.


Likely to be enjoyable-but-frustrating to people who *really know* Star Wars. The inclusion of scenes from the 1997 "special editions" and the implication that both Han and Greedo shot (and, to add insult to injury, the attempted placation of Han's line "And whether I shot first I'll ne'er confess) cuts into the purity of this retelling, while inaccuracies--proton torpedoes are not lasers, dude--casts a shadow on it. For someone who knows many scenes of the original word-for-word, it takes some time to let go and not have the origional wording mentally superimposed over the more verbiose retelling. Similarly, Shakespeare aficionadoes may find the direct quotes and specific paraphrases jarring ("Friends, Rebels, starfighters, lend me your ears")


The droids really shine, with Artoo's English-language asides juctaposed with his audible whistles and beeps, and the formal language enhancing Threepio's false gravitas.


It's a pleasantly silly way to look at the comparable melodrama of space operas and stage plays, but fans shouldn't expect too much.