Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May the 4th Be With You: Samuel Delany's Review of Star Wars: A New Hope

May the Force be with you, always.

In the spirit of the first Star Wars film's anniversary, I could complain about how some Luddite dunderheads are blocking the George Lucas museum here in Chicago.

I could regale you with my tales of being in extremely close proximity to George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson at a local Chicago movie theater--twice. In case you were curious, from one foot away he and she look very much the same as they do on TV and are quite odorless. Random thought. Maybe they were holograms?

I could titillate with scandalous stories of how I made love to a beautiful queen, my girlfriend of some years, built like Wonder Woman, after she made me a damn good Jedi Knight costume some years ago. I kept my Jedi robe on. She was very pleased. I didn't need to use the Jedi mind trick.

I could point you to my 1 second of fame where I was quoted on the History Channel's Star Wars anniversary special in 2007.

Or I could tell you about how I was almost arrested for trying to bring a lightsaber on an airplane as I flew across the country to see The Phantom Menace.

You could also listen to my conversations about Star Wars on the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show here, here, and here.

Instead, I will share this great find where American science fiction author-legend Samuel Delaney reviews Star Wars: A New Hope.

Any Star Wars stories to share? Fears and hopes for the future of the franchise? Once Episodes VII to IX are concluded, where should Star Wars go?

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