Unauthorized Offworld Activation: Exploring the Stargate Franchise

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Unauthorized Offworld Activation: Exploring the Stargate Franchise (Book)
AUTHOR: Rich Handley and Joseph Dilworth Jr. (eds.)
PUBLISHER: Sequart Organization
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This collection of insightful and scholarly essays explore themes in the Stargate film and television franchise, from science and politics to mythology, religion, storytelling, humor, and more.

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"Jack, I think this is a map of a vast network of stargates—stargates that are all over the galaxy."
— Doctor Daniel Jackson, "Children of the Gods"

In 1928, an archeological dig in Giza, Egypt, unearthed a giant ring and cover stone that had been buried for nearly 10,000 years. Decades later, disgraced Egyptologist Daniel Jackson discovers that this ring is a gateway to another planet, Abydos. However, the “stargate” is also a doorway to danger, as it was originally buried to stop a powerful alien being from enslaving ancient Egyptians in the guise of the god Ra.

This first step into the cosmos reveals a vast network of stargates throughout the galaxy and beyond, as well as Ra’s species, the parasitical Goa’uld, who seek to subjugate all inhabited worlds. Earth establishes a program with the mandate to explore the vast array of planets on the other side of the stargate, while seeking allies and technical assistance in fighting the Goa’uld and freeing those already enslaved.

What began as an exciting adventure film in 1994 has endured as a multimedia franchise spanning multiple television shows and an expanded universe of licensed literature. The Stargate mythos has explored not only alien civilizations and customs, but also the human condition, politics, and morality. This anthology gathers essays examining those themes through an insightful and scholarly lens. Chevron seven is locked, and the wormhole is open and ready for you to step through ...

From Sequart Organization

Essays by: Ren Cummins, Keith DeCandido, Joseph Dilworth Jr., Edward Dodds, Jo Duffy, Bryanna Elkins, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Rich Handley, Mark L. Haynes, Brandon Jerwa, Robert Jeschonek, Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Val Nolan, Frank Schildiner, and Darren Sumner

Forward by Alexis Cruz

Cover art by: Leah Battle


"Chevron One Encoded: A Forward"
... by Alexis Cruz

"Snakes on a Train: An Introduction"
... by Rich Handley

"Taking the Space Out of Deep Space"
... by Ren Cummins

"Vivid Determination: The Power of Women in Stargate"
... by Bryanna Elkins

"Inhabiting This Human Form: The Metaphysical Personhood of Ra"
... by Kelli Fitzpatrick

"The Furlings: From Paradise Lost to Lost Opportunity"
... by Jo Duffy

"Star Gods: Do They Live Up to Their Hype?"
... by Frank Schildiner

"Ancient Astronauts and Project Stargate: The Mythology Behind the Franchise"
... by Edward Dodds

"Faith and False Gods: Religion in Stargate SG-1"
... by Darren Sumner

"Infinity and Beyond the Pale"
... by Rich Handley

"Francis Bacon's New Atlantis and the Ideals of Modern Science in Stargate Atlantis"
... by Anastasia Klimchynskaya

"Lonely at the Top: The Underused Leaders of Atlantis"
... by Keith R.A. DeCandido

"A Wolf in Sheep's Spacesuit: Nicholas Rush and the Dark Side of Stargate Universe"
... by Robert Jeschonek

"Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Stargate's Revolving Cast of Characters"
... by Joseph Dilworth Jr.

"Stargate Merchandise: Why Isn't There More Stuff?"
... by Mark L. Haynes

""Fear and Loathing in Cheyenne Mountain"
... by Brandon Jerwa

"Gates, Galaxies, and Globalization: SG-1 and Science Fiction in the Digital Age"
... by Val Nolan

"Same Gate Time, Same Gate Channel: Resurrecting the Brand (Twice) with a Serial Flair"
... by Robert Jeschonek

"Chevron Seven Locked: An Afterword"
... by Joseph Dilworth Jr.

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  • MSRP: $19.99
  • 252 pages
  • This is an "unauthorized" book, not published under license from MGM.