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It’s the end of the year, the end of the decade, so it’s time to look back and see what I wrote in 2019, as well as what happened with my two most recent books.

cinemaps & geek culture

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies was translated into German (and was reviewed here). This follows it winning “Best Illustrated Book on Film” at the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards, as well as its being translated into Japanese and Spanish. But whatever language you choose, Cinemaps makes a lovely gift! (Thanks to Andrew DeGraff‘s amazing art.)

My most recent book, I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture, also makes a lovely gift, being more timely than ever! (There’s a new Star Wars movie out, in case you’ve not heard.)

I also published a short story with Conjunctions: “Sandy Szymanski,” which is about a young woman who’s worried that she’s turning into a duck (and that nobody cares). This follows two other stories I’ve published with that magazine: “You’ll Be Sorry” and “Days of Heaven.” And I’m pleased to announce that Conjunctions just accepted another of my stories: “Thirteen Short Tales about Monsters,” which will appear in issue #74, “Grendel’s Kin” (now available for pre-order).

Beyond that, I devoted a lot of the year to working on two new books—a novel, and another critical book. More about which soon, I hope…

As for this blog: first, I added two pages to make it easier to find both my fiction and my non-fiction. (You can access these pages through the tabs at the top of the site.)

I also published a bunch of new stuff:

Beyond that, two older posts have been receiving a lot of traffic:

If you haven’t read them yet, why not check them out? And remember, you can find all my fiction here, and all my non-fiction here.

In conclusion, I hope you had a terrific 2019. If you want to share any of your own writing or other work, please do so in the comments!

Happy Holidays, and see you in 2020!

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Later this week, Disney will release the eighth installment in the forty-year-old Star Wars saga, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. Five months later, May 2018 will see the release of the standalone Han Solo movie, and in December 2019 we’ll get J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode IX. And after that? Remember, Disney wants to release a new Star Wars film every year for the rest of our lives, if not well beyond that. So presumably there will be another standalone film in 2020, maybe featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi, followed by Rian Johnson’s recently announced non-Skywalker-centered trilogy, potentially in 2021, 2023, and 2025 (give or take).

And after that? It’s not madness to ask: Marvel Studios reportedly has MCU films planned through at least 2028. What’s more, while I understand why Disney wants to broaden the scope of Star Wars beyond the Skywalkers, do they seriously intend to stop making movies about that star-crossed family? By which I mean, do they seriously intend to stop making Darth Vader movies? Because if they did, well, that would be dumb. Vader is easily the most popular Star Wars character, followed arguably by Yoda, and I imagine that both of those guys will get their own standalone films soon enough. But you know that Disney would like to make a lot more movies with them.

Which is why Disney should remake the Star Wars prequels. Here’s how.

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