Luke Skywalker Can't Read: And Other Geeky Truths

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Ryan Britt is . . . the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery. Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling Magician's trilogy Pop Culture and sci-fi guru Ryan Britt has never met a monster, alien, wizard, or superhero that didn t need further analysis. Essayist Ryan Britt got a sex education from dirty pictures of dinosaurs, made out with Jar-Jar Binks at midnight, and figured out how to kick depression with a "Doctor Who" Netflix-binge. Alternating between personal anecdote, hilarious insight, and smart analysis, "Luke Skywalker Can t Read" contends that "Barbarella" is good for you, that monster movies are just romantic comedies with commitment issues, that Dracula and Sherlock Holmes are total hipsters, and, most shockingly, shows how virtually everyone in the "Star Wars "universe is functionally illiterate. Romp through time and space, from the circus sideshowsof 100 yearsago to the Comic Cons of today, from darkest corners of the Galaxy to the comfort of your couch. For anyone who pretended their flashlight was a lightsaber, stood in line for a movie at midnight, or dreamed they were abducted by aliens, "Luke Skywalker Can't Read" is full of answers to questions you haven't thought to ask, and perfect for readers of Chuck Klosterman, Rob Sheffield, and Ernest Cline."

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"Ryan Britt is one of nerd culture's most brilliant and most essential commentators...the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery." --Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling "The Magicians Trilogy"
"Ryan Britt is an uncontrolled experiment--a genre omnivore who has spent his time on this earth flying to other galaxies, undersea cities, freaky amusement parks, Middle Earth, Transylvania, Sherlock Holmes' London, and the Cretaceous. His essays are reliably smart, surprising, provocative, and funny." --Karen Russell, author of and Pulitzer-Prize finalist for "Swamplandia!
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"One of the most witty, fun, warm, and insightful essay collections out there. If Luke Skywalker had a favorite book, it would be this one." --Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another and author of "Screw Everyone
""Whether he's exploring paradoxes in "Back to the Future," the fundamental illiteracy of the average Stormtrooper, or being tied up and held over a rooftop by a couple of dominatrices, Ryan Britt is an amiable, perceptive, and highly entertaining observer of the sci-fi scene. I gulped down these essays like Dracula downing a pint of blood." --Teddy Wayne, author of "The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
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Ryan Britt is one of nerd culture's most brilliant and most essential commentators...the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery. Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling The Magicians Trilogy
"Ryan Britt is an uncontrolled experiment a genre omnivore who has spent his time on this earth flying to other galaxies, undersea cities, freaky amusement parks, Middle Earth, Transylvania, Sherlock Holmes London, and the Cretaceous. His essays are reliably smart, surprising, provocative, and funny. Karen Russell, Pulitzer-Prize-nominated author of Swamplandia!

"One of the most witty, fun, warm, and insightful essay collections out there. If Luke Skywalker had a favorite book, it would be this one." Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Anotherand author of Screw Everyone
"Luke Skywalker Can't Read
is personally revealing, effortlessly funny, carefully researched, and optimistic about the place of sci-fi/fantasy in the greater world of popular entertainment." Cecil Baldwin, narrator of Welcome to Night Vale
Whether he s exploring paradoxes in Back to the Future, the fundamental illiteracy of the average Stormtrooper, or being tied up and held over a rooftop by a couple of dominatrices, Ryan Britt is an amiable, perceptive, and highly entertaining observer of the sci-fi scene. I gulped down these essays like Dracula downing a pint of blood. Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
Ryan Britt s debut collection is a wisecracking, intimate and intelligent voyage through universes both real and imagined. But to a certain kind of reader - the kind whose teenage weekends were spent at sci-fi conventions and comic book stores it is also something much more. Luke Skywalker Can t Read is a glorious geek manifesto, illuminating the essential and often misunderstood essence of geekdom: not the pursuit of esoterica-obsessed loners but a vital and complex community, a far-away galaxy where fellow misfits meet to swap the ray guns, talismanic rings, and radioactive potions for their daily battles back on Planet Earth." Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting and A Storm at the Door

"Sci-fi and fantasy fans, meet your new best friend. Ryan Britt has an encyclopedic knowledge of geek culture, from Aurebesh to Zardoz, and this collection of essays feels like you're hanging out with him at the world's nerdiest bar. Luke Skywalker Can't Read is smart, insightful, and totally fun." David M. Ewalt, author of Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons
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About the Author:

Ryan Britthas written forThe New York Times, Electric Literature, The Awl, VICE Motherboard, Clarkesworld Magazine, and is a consulting editor for Story Magazine. He was the staff writer for the Hugo-Award winning web magazineTor.com, where he remains a contributor. He lives in New York City."

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