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December 8, 2010

Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other Observations about Science Fiction Movies

Fantastic Books was founded to bring back into print the out-of-print science fiction classics of the past that ought to be in print. Late this year, we started publishing our first original titles. Now we're expanding our mandate yet again, with our first non-fiction title.

Daniel M. Kimmel's Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies is a collection of essays on science fiction classics—film classics—as well as the less-than-classics that are just plain fun. Kimmel is a film critic and a science fiction fan, and in this volume, he combines those two life-long passions. In more than 40 essays—including "Real Aliens Don't Ask Directions," "E.T. Go Home," "The Cranky Person's Guide to the Hugo Nominees," and the title essay—Kimmel covers the range of science fiction movies from the very beginning (Georges Méliès's A Trip to the Moon) to the classics of yesteryear (Metropolis, 2001: A Space Odyssey) to the potential classics of today (Avatar, Galaxy Quest, The Matrix), telling us not only why we want to watch them, but in some cases why they shouldn't have been made.

Daniel M. Kimmel is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics. When it was discovered he is also a science fiction fan, he started getting invitations to participate at a number of science fiction conventions, which he continues to do. He reviewed for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and now writes for Northshoremovies.net. He is a correspondent for Variety, the "Movie Maven" for the Jewish Advocate and teaches film—including a course on science fiction and horror—at Suffolk University. His essays on classic science films have appeared in several publications including Clarkesworld, Space and Time and the Internet Review of Science Fiction. He is the author of a history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network (2004) which received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team (2006) and I'll Have What She's Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies (2008).

Fantastic Books is publishing Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies in March 2011. The 190-page trade paperback ($14.99, ISBN: 978-1-61720-350-3) is available to retailers from Ingram, or directly from Fantastic Books.