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Phasers on Stun! by Ryan Britt
Save the Date! The evening of June 8th, 6 PM.
Join Longfellow Books and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance in Congress Square Park to celebrate Phasers on Stun!: How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World by Ryan Britt. Britt will be joined in conversation by Phuc Tran, author of Sigh, Gone.
About the book:
Written with inside access, comprehensive research, and a down-to-earth perspective, Phasers on Stun! chronicles the entire history of Star Trek, revealing that its enduring place in pop culture is all thanks to innovative pivots and radical change.
For over five decades, the heart of Star Trek's pro-science, anti-racist, and inclusive messaging has been its willingness to take big risks. Across thirteen feature films, and twelve TV series--including five shows currently airing or in production--the brilliance of Star Trek is in its endless ability to be rethought, rebooted, and remade.
Author and Star Trek expert Ryan Britt charts an approachable and entertaining course through Star Trek history; from its groundbreaking origins amid the tumultuous 1960s, to its influence on diversifying the space program, to its contemporary history-making turns with LGBTQ+ representation, this book illuminates not just the behind-the-scenes stories that shaped the franchise but the larger meaning of the Final Frontier.
About the author:
Ryan Britt is the author of Luke Skywalker Can't Read and Other Geeky Truths (Plume 2015), and writes about Star Trek weekly for Den of Geek! and Inverse, and has covered Star Trek for SyFy Wire, Tor.com, and Star Trek.com, extensively. Lev Grossman has said about him, "Ryan Britt is one of nerd culture's most brilliant and most essential commentators." Ryan's Non-Star Trek writing has appeared in Vulture, VICE, CNN Style, and The New York Times. He's also the senior entertainment editor at Fatherly.