The wise, wonderful George Takei has stepped into the bitter war of words between William Shatner and Carrie Fisher, trying to broker peace between the two sci-fi franchise titans. I’m not 100% sure it will work, but god bless him for trying, and there’s something incredibly awesome about hearing Takei say “May the Force be with you,” if nothing else. Thanks to Abraxas for the ti– er, email.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.