THE RETURN OF THE LAST JEDI STRIKES BACK: A Star Wars Parody Script

Two Decembers ago in a mid-sized East Coast city not far away, I took my family of multi-generational Star Wars fans to opening night of The Force Awakens. Everyone enjoyed it: after enduring that wretched prequel trilogy in the 2000s, the franchise was finally fun again. And so, continuing the new tradition, we kicked off this year’s … More THE RETURN OF THE LAST JEDI STRIKES BACK: A Star Wars Parody Script

Farewell to Leading Ladies of Science and Sci-Fi

As if 2016 hadn’t already stolen enough of our beloved icons, this week we said goodbye to a pair of women who changed the face of science and science fiction, respectively: astrophysicist Vera Rubin, whose work confirmed the existence of dark matter, and actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars. Rubin made tremendous … More Farewell to Leading Ladies of Science and Sci-Fi

The Invisible Woman: Sexual Segregation in Sci-Fi

My guest post on the gender gap in science fiction posted on the LibraryJournal SELF-e blog today, just as Iron Man 3 co-writer Shane Black revealed that Marvel’s corporate interests forced him to change the gender of the movie’s villain to sell more toys. According to Black, the original script featured a female version of antagonist Aldrich Killian, … More The Invisible Woman: Sexual Segregation in Sci-Fi

Schrödinger’s Star Wars: Multiverses in Popular Fiction

“Did you see the new Star Wars movie?” I texted my friend last weekend. He’s one of the few people in my circle who shares my lifelong affection for the franchise, so I was eager to discuss it with him. “No,” he replied. “I don’t want to see what they did to it.” For him, a … More Schrödinger’s Star Wars: Multiverses in Popular Fiction

Finding Jabba: Rediscovering Star Wars, Space Opera, and Myself

One of my earliest memories is of Jabba the Hutt. I can’t have been more than two years old, playing behind the couch while my parents watched Return of the Jedi on their 13-inch TV. Deep guffaws echoed in the living room. It sounded a little like Santa Claus, only…wrong. Peering around the furniture, I stared … More Finding Jabba: Rediscovering Star Wars, Space Opera, and Myself