Academia lives in the GFFA

Literary analysis. Scholarly essays. Academic review.

If all of that makes your heart beat faster (with joy, not fear), have we got the website for you! A group of fans have just started a very promising looking online journal entitled Saga Journal.

Here’s the skinny:

Here at the Saga Journal, we believe Star Wars is more than just an enjoyable space opera set in a galaxy far, far away. We recognize it as a modern myth, a cultural phenomenon all its own. We want to encourage the literary exploration of all aspects of the story as presented in the Prequel and Original Trilogy films.

And, yes, they are seeking submissions.

Geek it up

THQ Wireless is teaming up with Lucasfilm to bring Star Wars to cell phones:

Fans worldwide can interact with and personalize their mobile phones with Star Wars-themed mobile games and ringtones such as the Imperial March, one of the most recognizable themes in movie history. In addition, THQ Wireless is expected to offer video clips, screensavers and wallpapers featuring famous characters and images from the Star Wars saga. Now the Force can be with you — literally everywhere.

John Williams Gets Some Sweet Music of His Own

Our sincere congratulations to the man who makes the collective pulses of Star Wars fans everywhere beat a little faster. Every time the opening swells of Star Wars (and Indiana Jones, ET, Harry Potter, and on and on…) start to play, we have John Williams to thank for our rising excitement.

And last night, the United States thanked Mr. Williams with a Kennedy-Center Honor; the highest US honor for contribution to the arts.

You can see the honors for yourself later in the month on CBS.

Congratulations and thank you!

It’s a Ring Thing

If anyone ever tries to tell you that the Swiss aren’t funny, don’t believe ’em.

“The Ring Thing” (out 16 December in Switzerland) is a spoof of “Lord of the Rings” and looks absolutely hilarious.

Be sure to download the trailer. Worth seeing if only to witness Gandalf smoking pipe weed out of an Alpine horn, Legolas as a blonde bombshell, and some type of orgy perhaps involving big wheels of cheese.

Here’s hoping for a wide release on DVD with English subtitles.

Not so, I lie!

Two EU items on tonight – an interview with Sean Stewart about his Yoda novel, Dark Rendezvous, and the March comics preview.

Elsewhere on the site, Sue Rostoni gives us this preview of Zahn’s Outbound Flight novel:

The manuscript is in to Del Rey. Shelly is reading it now and will get it to me soon. So far we’re sticking with Star Wars: The Outbound Dark Flight. Or maybe just Dark Flight. Starring Darth Flight and her apprentice, Dark Fight. They try to convert the Jedi on the Outbound Dark Flight by ramming them with their ship, The Dark Fright, and throwing hoods over the Jedi. But just as Darth Flight begins to ram the Dark Flight, night falls (in dark space) and they miss. The Jedi escape under cover of darkness only to be met by Admiral Darkthrawn’a darknu. That’s when the story turns really dark. Stay tuned.

Yes, it’s a joke. Like the book’s gonna be anything less than 80 proof Thrawn.