Category Archives: Analysis

“Star Trek: DS9” & International Development

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, PopMatters is running a series of articles about the franchise. I wrote a piece about Deep Space Nine and the politics of international development. I argue that the show takes a surprisingly nuanced approach to foreign … Continue reading

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Joss Whedon and Star Wars

Ever wonder what a new Star Wars film would look like if Joss Whedon wrote the script? In a new book from PopMatters, After the Avengers, I have a chapter answering that exact question. In particular, I focus on the duality between … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with the economics of sci-fi?

Economist David Berri has an article in Time criticizing the depiction of economics in science fiction. In particular, he argues that sic-fi stories frequently depict technologically advanced galactic empires despite the fact that, in the real world, autocracy sniffles economic growth. Historically, empires have … Continue reading

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To Adapt, or Not To Adapt? (a response to Kat Sas)

In response to my “trolling” on Facebook, my friend Katherine Sas published a post on her blog Raving Sanity in which she discusses why some film adaptations fail even though they seem to superficially resemble the book. In “A Series of Uncorrelated Events,” she … Continue reading

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EW on the 10th Anniversary of “Battlestar Galactica”

Entertainment Weekly has an article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first proper episode of Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot. Simply titled “33,” this episode introduced the incredible drama, philosophical commentary, and storytelling that would mark the rest of the series. In this era of … Continue reading

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“The Hobbit Party” by Jay Richards and Jonathan Witt

Last month, I reviewed The Hobbit Party by Jay Richards and Jonathan Witt for the Signum University Newsletter. The book purports to be an analysis of politics in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings from a libertarian perspective. However, as much … Continue reading

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“The Science of Battlestar Galactica” by Patrick di Justo and Kevin R. Grazier

In honor of Glen A. Larson’s recent passing on November 14, 2014, I am running several reviews about books related to Battlestar Galactica, his most famous and greatest creation. The Science of Battlestar Galactica is written by Kevin R. Grazier, science advisor for the … Continue reading

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“The Theology of Battlestar Galactica” by Kevin J. Westmore

In honor of Glen A. Larson’s recent passing on November 14, 2014, I am running several reviews about books related to Battlestar Galactica, his most famous and greatest creation. Battlestar Galactica clearly deals with issues of faith and religion. One of the most … Continue reading

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Battlestar Galactica and International Relations

In honor of Glen A. Larson’s recent passing on November 14, 2014, I am running several reviews about books related to Battlestar Galactica, his most famous and greatest creation. In academic literature about popular culture, scholar-fans have to strike a delicate balance … Continue reading

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