Star Wars vs. Star Trek Could the Empire kick the Federation’s Ass?
… and other galaxy-shaking enigmas Paperback | Kindle
By Matt Forbeck
Release Date: May 18, 2011
I was really curious going into this book, mostly about how someone could write an unbiased novel on which school of sci-fi was better. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Star Wars vs. Star Trek isn’t a novel at all. Instead, author Matt Forbeck created what I consider to be a very nicely divided series of comparisons. Think of it as a sort of Celebrity Deathmatch in book form. I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced.
I’m a Star Wars fan, hands down. I waited in line in 1977 to see the first one and repeated that for every single movie thereafter (even the prequels). Heck, I even have a Stormtrooper tattoo and commonly quote Yoda. I always wanted to be Boba Fett growing up, seriously cool armor on that guy. But I also thoroughly enjoyed the Star Trek movies, not so much the television shows but I also only saw them when my roommates watched them (Sorry, Dan and Randy).
There are quizzes dispersed all throughout the book, many of which I must admit I didn’t score well upon. I quite enjoyed the squaring off of character against character, starship versus starship, and so on and so forth. There are twenty chapters in five sections with several face-offs in each one. My favorite is Chewbacca against Worf. Not only does Forbeck give a character analysis, but he also creates a scenario in which to pit one against the other. Some of those short stories are exceptional and really entertained me. I enjoyed the book so much, I didn’t put it down. I read all 233 pages straight through, stopping only for caffeine and nachos…seriously, there is always time for nachos.
The coolest thing about the book however is the tally. At the end of each chapter, there is a scoreboard to keep you posted on how each franchise is doing against the other. Some are very close, some are complete thrashings…*cough, cough* Death Star *cough, cough*
To sum it up, if you ever wondered what planet has the worst environment, which starfighter is the deadliest, or what (an)droid was the coolest, then buy this book. I admit that I was surprised at some of the outcomes, but the explanations were both believable and convincing. I was pleased to see a basically evenhanded look at the two groups, but one thing stood out above all else: Mace Windu is a badass. Honestly, I dare you to argue. He’s played by Samuel L. Jackson and he wields a freaking purple lightsaber. See, told you.
Are you curious if Ewoks trump Tribbles? How about whether Jar-Jar is more trouble than Wesley Crusher (sorry, @wilw)? Well, guess who needs to go shopping? Yep, you do. It’s less than fifteen bucks well spent.