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 means of bestselling science-fiction authors. The amazing approval for the films has ended in the formation of sturdy feelings in the technological know-how fiction neighborhood at the strengths and flaws of the flicks, exemplified the following by means of David Brin's assaults and Matthew Woodring Stover's safety of the films. This severe exam of the epic works addresses a huge diversity of issues�from politics, faith, and the saga's total good judgment to the effect of the sequence on bookshelf area 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 sooner 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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In any event, the ship-Star Trek's Enterprise-stands for something, every time we look at it. This traveling city is civilization. The Federation's culture and laws, industry and consensus values-like the Prime Directive-are all carried in this condensed vessel, along with the dramatic diversity of its crew. Every single time there is an adventure, the civilization of the United Federation of Planets is put to the test, through its proxy, the hero-ship. And when the Enterprise passes each test, often with flying colors, so too, by implication, does civilization itself.
So, after tens of billions of dollars-and human hours-spent watching the films, playing the games, buying the toys, reading the books and buying even more toys, have we come away enlightened, even inspired? Inspired to do what? To be ... what? Science fiction has never been modest about its aim to take on important issues. Beyond just "good versus evil" or "boy meets girl," there has always been a notion that SF is the true descendant and heir of Gilgamesh and Homer, of Virgil and Murasaki, of Dante, Swift and Defoe.
Indeed, one of civilization's greatest tools has always been mythology. Legends and songs. Stories and dark lore. If George Lucas and I agree on anything, it would be that civilizations turn-they veer or rise and fall-depending upon the inspirations and goals that common people share. In part, this happens through stories, heard and told, then retold, whether around a campfire or a widescreen digital display. Take the period that followed H. G. Wells. After the calamities of World Wars I and II, we needed something special in our legends.