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Star Warped: Once Upon A Time In A Galaxy Nowhere Near Far Enough Away (GollanczF.) Hardcover – May 1, 2005

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About the Author

Adam Roberts is 39 and Reader in English at London University. His first novel, Salt, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF.


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  • Series: GollanczF.
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575076887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575076884
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,672,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Glicklich on June 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
A parody commentary and retelling of the Star Wars films. Quite amusing, both in its directly highlighting of absurdity from the films as well as positing its own more bizarre satire. Also benefits from a strong command of language, playing with elements of phrasing and effectively conveying voice. Beyond that there's not too much to say, I found it effective and enjoyable but intrinsically lightweight, and not really up to the level of sublime satire that Pratchett on occasion delivers. There's some nice meta stuff caused by Roberts' relabeling the Force "the Farce" and running with it, producing an environment where random falling and slapstick humor are the underlying mystical force. More generally the book works well at collapsing the absurdities, contradictions and poor reasoning in the original source material, and to that end works well but delivers little beyond comedy concerning Star Wars.

Insofar as there is a more sustained story or real coherence, it lies in two elements. 1. The continual playing up of the robots as far more intelligent, self-aware and resentful than in the original story, poising a type of challenge to the Lucas-defined limitations in intelligence and general creativity 2) the eventual revelation that the environment of the story isn't a unique universe, instead it's a virtual environment composed of pastiches of comedy and other science fiction. This forms a reasonably well-worked twist at the end, and points to the mixed and turbulent culture of mass-culture science fiction.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By the funny man on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A.R.R.R. Roberts always writes funny parodies, but this one is especually good. and as always, its very clever without being too crude.

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