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Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire kick the Federation's ass? And other galaxy-shaking enigmas by Matt Forbeck
Review by Drew Bittner
Adams Media Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 1440512620
Date: 18 May 2011 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

You'll hear it at every convention. Fans of Star Trek and Star Wars debating over the coolest villain, the best starship, and the biggie: who would win a fight between...?

In Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Matt Forbeck pits these two powerhouse franchises against each other in nearly every conceivable way. Want to know who'd win a fight between C-3PO and Data? It's in here. Is an X-Wing better than a Jem'Hadar fighter, and could Deep Space Nine survive a fight against the Death Star? It's in here.

With the ingenuity of a true fan, Forbeck plunges into a dizzying array of clever match-ups, including:

  • The Expanded Universe vs. the Mirror Universe
  • Data vs. C-3PO
  • Coruscant vs. Earth
  • The Galactic Senate vs. the Federation Council
  • The Empire vs. the Klingon Empire
  • Ben Kenobi vs. Jean-Luc Picard
  • Han Solo vs. James T. Kirk
  • Darth Vader vs. Khan Noonien Singh
And much, more more.

Who wouldn't want to read a slate of matchups like this? Each comes with a description/analysis of the contender, then a bit of fiction that brings the two together--often explosively. The vignettes are brilliantly staged, showing plenty of invention, with vast story potential on every page.

Forbeck also has a great pair of forewords, from Jeremy (Boba Fett) Bulloch and Tim (Tuvok) Russ, expressing their thoughts on the rivalry between the two powerhouse franchises. Both are witty and appropriately backing their own camp, in a way that keeps everything lighthearted and fun. Forbeck acknowledges that the intensity of fandom can often get heated, but the tone of the book remains enjoyable throughout.

Fans of either Star Trek or Star Wars will want this book, if only for the entertainment value of seeing Vader's Executor demolish the Enterprise-E.

Highly recommended.

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