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Science fiction and fantasy authors analyze every aspect of the innovative, action-packed, and always surprising science fiction television series Farscape in this innovative and irreverent essay collection. Contributors include Martha Wells on characters Crichton and D'Argo's buddy relationship, P. N. Elrod on the villains she loves to hate, and Justina Robson on sex, pleasure, and feminism. Topics range from a look at how Moya was designed and an examination of vulgarity and bodily functions to a tourist's budget guide to the Farscape universe and an expert's advice to the peacekeepers who, despite their viciousness, never quite seem to pull it off. Fun, accessible, entertaining, and insightful, these musings will appeal to every admirer of this intriguing television series.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Sep 28, 2005
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 193210061X ISBN13 9781932100617
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More About Glenn Yeffeth
Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of the nonfiction essay anthologies "Alias Assumed, The Anthology at the End of the Universe, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill, "and "War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic." He lives in Dallas, Texas.
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A superior anthology Apr 9, 2008
I've probably read 30 to 35 collections of essays on various TV series and this is among the best that I've read. Although I've written some pretty theory-laden essays for such collections myself, I find that the anthologies I most enjoy and learn from are those mainly produced by writers rather than people striving to use a show to exploit hardcore academic theory. The essays in this collection strive to appreciate FARSCAPE as a series, not to use it as a springboard to write about their particular academic saw. Is every essay in the book good? No, certainly not. And reading a few was not a very good use of my time. But several reminded me precisely why I loved FARSCAPE so much and why it is a show worth our time and attention.
One thing that these essays allowed me to do to a degree that I hadn't before was appreciate the wonderful and intentional chaos of FARSCAPE. One of the essays talks of the structure of each episode being less about the introduction of conflict and its resolution, but of the introduction of conflict, intensifying that conflict, making it messier and messier, and eventually semi-resolving it in a way that left consequences that weren't always anticipated.
There were some aspects of the show that weren't sufficiently highlighted, but that is largely the luck of the draw in collecting the essays. FARSCAPE was, in my opinion, the show that took greater risks than anyother one that I know. The whole Season Three arc of the creation of the two Johns, Aeryn's falling in love with one of them, her lover's death, and the strained attempt of the other John and Aeryn to pick up the pieces was, in my mind, the most grandly epic love story ever depicted on TV. It was so original and shocking as to defy comparison with anything else that had been done in the depiction of love. It wasn't the greatest show ever. Some of its risk-taking resulted in some very bad episodes (like the absolutely abysmal "Revenging Angel," the partly animated episode that followed the heartbreakingly wonderful "Infinite Possibilities: Pt. 2 - Icarus Abides." And there were a number of standalone episodes that didn't achieve much except to pad out that season's 22 episode order. But at its best, FARSCAPE justified the risks it undertook. I personally would put it up there with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and FIREFLY as the best outer space SF that TV has produced.
If you love Farscape... Feb 20, 2008
This is the book for you. Chapters on the science, plots, characters and humor of Farscape. And praise for the show, in the way it explores subjects, deals with issues and allows its characters the freedom to decide where they will go and what they will want. Plus chapters on traveling in the Uncharted Territories, how to design your own Moya, and why crackers don't really matter. The only fan who should not read this book are those of you who have not finished watching all the episodes, because there are spoilers. Lots of spoilers.
Awesome book! May 9, 2007
This book is a complation of essays, written by professional writers who also happen to be fans of Farscape. Different authors writing about different aspects of such a great series, from different points of view makes for a terrific read for anyone who was (and still is) a fan of this remarkable TV series. After you read this book, it gives watching the syndicated re-runs a whole new perspective! A "must read" for all Farscape fans!
Highly disappointed... Jul 30, 2006
Frankly, most of these "essays" didn't grab my attention. I was bored throughout this book. I thought it was going to be a nice walk through the past of one of my favorite shows - some stellar insight into what made Farscape great. But all I got was a lot of prentention, a lot of "let me show you how smart I am" prose. A waste of money.
An interesting read, a facinating concept. Various sf writers delve into aspects of "Farscape," from a "NASA memo" that reprimands Crichton for tarnishing Earth's good name in distant parts of the galaxy, to essays that compare Zhaan to several different ancient Earth goddesses/myths.
However, the book's publisher needs to hire a real proofreader, instead of relying on (probably Windoze's) spell checker. One writer calls D'Argo a "Luxan," another, a "Luxon." On page 49 there's a quoted line of dialogue I'm sure must be a typo. A British writer gives a "new meaning" to the TV jibe of "jumping the shark" -- no, it doesn't mean the consummation of two characters longstanding attraction; the phrase comes from an episode in "Happy Days'" waning years, in which Fonzie (at least, his stunt double), on waterskis, indeed "jumped a shark" in a desperate attempt to lure viewers back to the show. Most "Farscape" fans would agree that the show never "jumped the shark."