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Reading Stargate SG-1 [Paperback]

Stan Beeler , Lisa Dickson
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July 6 2006 Reading Contemporary Television
Stargate SG-1 premiered in 1997 and over the course of eight seasons, the show has developed its own unique mythological superstructure. It has blossomed into a series driven by fierce fan loyalty, with lively Internet discussion groups, the proliferation of "textual poaching" in fan fiction and art, and popular annual conventions. This book is a lively critical celebration of both Stargate and its spinoff, Atlantis. Its characters, themes, representations of sexuality and "otherness" are discussed, along with its interaction with fan fiction, its locations in Canada, its ideological framing of an American point-of-view, and tensions between its humanistic morality and military/political objectives in the shows' plots. There is also assessment of the currently fledgling Stargate: Atlantis. Written for both fans and scholars, the book also includes an episode guide to the first eight seasons of Stargate SG-1.

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Stan Beeler is Chair of English at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Lisa Dickson is an assistant professor of English at the University of Northern British Columbia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Collection Nov. 16 2006
This book is a beautiful collection of essays nicely edited by Stan and Lisa. Comparing to modern comparitive literature is very refreshing. Not only was it enjoyable to read but it was filled with amazing references to Shakespearean literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting July 16 2006
I enjoyed the diversity of scope within this, and appreciated the fact that while it was a fun read, it wasn't overly fluffy. It assumes the reader is intelligent, and that is refreshing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars waste of paper Oct. 13 2006
This is probably the worst waste of paper I've ever had the misfortune to buy. Some chapters read like badly done high school papers. Far too many others seem to be fixated on Carter's feminist leanings (or not) versus her military side; actually Carter seems to be a fixation of far too many chapters and authors (most chapters are written by different people). Together it all adds up, unfortunately, to a badly put together mess. The only (and I do mean only) positive thing I can say about this mess is that the cover is nicely done. Unfortunately, a nice cover does not save the mess inside. How this ever got published eludes me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth and intelligent book for fans of the series. July 16 2006
By Edward Alexander Gerster - Published on Amazon.com
Stan Beeler and Lisa Dickson have put together a nice compilation of academic essays that are lively, spirited and filled with enthusiasm for the Stargate Universe. They explore subjects as varied as gender roles in certain episodes to the economics of selling "Stargate" as a cultural pop icon. The complex symbolism of the series is addressed, but I felt that more analysis of the ties to ancient Egyptian and Celtic mythology would have rounded out this collection a bit more. Fascinating reading here for fans wishing to do a bit of thought searching, and the episode guide and glossary of terms are sure to be helpful to all. Highly Recommended.
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but Approaching the possible is better Dec 9 2012
By ivar carl sarapu - Published on Amazon.com
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It was at first not as good as Approaching the possible, but after a more thorough reading, it is growing on me. Not bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stargate! March 21 2008
By JAIMEE CLARK - Published on Amazon.com
I love statgate..and this book is a must have for anyone wanting to complete their collection. Its a great critique of the show, the characters and Stargate's impact on pop culture..Enjoy!
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