Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths, Ryan Britt (Plume)

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Although this sounds like a Star Wars tie-in (it’s published in November, just before the new Star Wars movie opens), it really isn’t. Instead, it’s a collection of essays on a variety of themes, united by a central and self-confessed geeky point of view. The title essay is a clever look at how some science-fiction universes seem to exclude books and reading material in general; in the Star Wars movies, for example, no one ever seems to pick up a book or a newspaper in any form. There are also essays about the guilty pleasures of the movie Barbarella and the legacy of Bela Lugosi; appreciations of the Back to the Future movies and the music of John Williams; a comparison of Isaac Asimov’s classic book I, Robot, and the movie that shares its title but virtually nothing else; and, of course, an exploration of what it means, in real terms, to be a geek. This joyful, frequently thought-provoking look at geekdom should appeal to fans of SF/fantasy/horror in particular and to fellow geeks in general.

This review originally appeared in Booklist, October 2015.

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