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Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind Is Dark and Full of Terrors Cover Image
By Travis Langley (Editor), Kyle Maddock (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454918400
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Published: Sterling - June 21st, 2016

This thought-provoking anthology offers fans a close examination of the psychology behind the intricate narrative and compelling characters in the popular HBO TV series, "Game of Thrones," based upon author George R.R. Martin's bestselling work "A Song of Ice and Fire." With no moral boundaries honored, the psychological games played by the series conniving protagonists are seemingly limitless. War, murder, violence, and rape are only a few of the weighty issues explored in these 19 analytical essays along with personality disorders, post-traumatic stress, and psychopathy.


Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology Cover Image
By Travis Langley (Editor), Stan Lee (Foreword by)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781454917120
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Published: Sterling - May 17th, 2016

Freedom vs. security: that is the dilemma, and two superheroes have come to completely opposite conclusions. This provocative collection, edited by popular culture writer Travis Langley and with a foreword by Stan Lee, examines the psychological and political choices made by Captain America and Iron Man in the wake of a civil war. Why do they see things so differently? What are their motivations? Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology analyzes the polar sides of this debate, looking at how trauma shaped the characters, what it takes to become a superhero, and what role gender plays in one's ability to resolve conflicts along with questions of morality, leadership, and teamwork.


Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454920014
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Published: Sterling - November 29th, 2016

If a person could travel eternally through space and time, how would this power affect him? Doctor Who Psychology explores this question through an analysis of the longest-running sci-fi TV series of all time. This fascinating in-depth academic study, edited by Travis Langley, contains 20 essays delving into the psychology behind the time-traveling Doctor in his many iterations, as well as his companions and his foes.


The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead Cover Image
By Travis Langley (Editor), John Russo (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454917052
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Published: Sterling - August 4th, 2015

The characters of "The Walking Dead "live in a desolate postapocalyptic world, filled with relentless violence and death. In reality, how would such never-ending trauma affect the psyche? By understanding the psychological forces that drive the show's action, fans can better grasp this compelling fictional universe. Is the Governor a psychopath, a sociopath, or neither? What does Terror Management Theory tell us about what it means to constantly fight for survival as Rick must? What is the emotional cost of killing a walker or even another living person? What is groupthink and how does it affect the decisions made by the people of Terminus, Woodbury, and Rick's gang? In 19 essays from a range of esteemed contributors, a foreword by John Russo, cocreator of "Night of the Living Dead, "plus "Case Files" sidebars by editor Travis Langley, "The Walking Dead Psychology "answers these and many other questions in a way sure to fascinate the show's millions of passionate viewers. "Contributors include" John Blanchar * Megan Blink * Colt J. Blunt * Josue Cardona * Adam Davis * William Blake Erickson * Frank Gaskill * Jennifer Golbeck * Jonathan Hetterly * Katrina Hill * Alan Kistler * Dana Klisanin * Stephen Kuniak * Martin Lloyd * Stephanie Norman * Patrick O Connor * Katherine Ramsland * Clay Routledge * Billy San Juan * Janina Scarlet * Steven Schlozman * Lara Taylor * Dave Verhaagen * Mara Wood * E. Paul Zehr *


Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind Cover Image
By Travis Langley, Carrie Goldman (Foreword by)
$16.45
ISBN: 9781454917366
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Published: Sterling - October 27th, 2015

From its very first frame, the Star Wars series created a compelling universe, with complex characters and engaging storytelling. In advance of the highly anticipated new movie, "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," this essay collection offers a fascinating and unauthorized psychological analysis of every aspect of George Lucas's richly rendered world. A group of expert contributors, edited by Travis Langley, examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this spellbinding world.


Gabriela Pereira signs in San Diego

DIY MFA author Gabriela Pereira will present a writing workshop on outlining.

 

A Stronger Outline for a Stronger Story

DIY Mfa: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781599639345
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Published: Writer's Digest Books - July 8th, 2016

ou are a writer. You dream of sharing your words with the world, and you're willing to put in the hard work to achieve success. You may have even considered earning your MFA, but for whatever reason--tuition costs, the time commitment, or other responsibilities--you've never been able to do it. Or maybe you've been looking for a self-guided approach so you don't have to go back to school.

 

This book is for you.

 

DIY MFA is the do-it-yourself alternative to a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. By combining the three main components of a traditional MFA--writing, reading, and community--it teaches you how to craft compelling stories, engage your readers, and publish your work.

 

Inside you'll learn how to:

• Set customized goals for writing and learning.

• Generate ideas on demand.

• Outline your book from beginning to end.

• Breathe life into your characters.

• Master point of view, voice, dialogue, and more.

• Read with a "writer's eye" to emulate the techniques of others.

• Network like a pro, get the most out of writing workshops, and submit your work successfully.

Writing belongs to everyone--not only those who earn a degree. With DIY MFA, you can take charge of your writing, produce high-quality work, get published, and build a writing career.


Kara Platoni signs in San Diego

We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time Cover Image
$30.79
ISBN: 9780465089970
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Published: Basic Books - December 8th, 2015

Introduces us to researchers who are changing the way we experience the world, whether creating scents that stimulate the memories of Alzheimer's patients, constructing virtual limbs that approximate a sense of touch, or building augmented reality labs that prepare soldiers for the battlefield. These diverse investigations not only explain previously elusive aspects of human experience, but offer tantalizing glimpses into a future when we can expand, control, and enhance our senses as never before.


Youtube Star Caspar Lee Signs in San Diego

This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Caspar Lee from Mysterious Galaxy. Books and tickets are limited, while event supplies last -- one attendee per book / ticket. Books and tickets will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, May 31, starting at 10 AM!      

Caspar Lee Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781455570034
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 31st, 2016

A hilarious biography from YouTube sensation Caspar Lee (and his mom)! 
This is a book about me. 
Unfortunately, I didn't write it--my mom did. WTF! 
Let me tell you now that 98% of it is total lies. Actually, I'm pretty sure this book is illegal. So if you've bought it, you've basically supported a criminal. How does that feel? 
I think she's getting me back for my first day in this world when I may have tried to kill her. She won't "not" be able to mention that. You might also find out about my first day at school, why my head is so massive, how I've always been a hit with the ladies and other things like that. 
You know, important stuff. 
Anyway, I found the book at the printer and you'll see I've corrected some of her most outrageous lies. 
So, you know, enjoy. Just remember only the bits that make me look good are true . . .

 


NERDY NUMMIES COOKBOOK Tour Stop

 

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781501104015
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Published: Atria Books - November 3rd, 2015

The long-awaited first cookbook from the creator and host of the Internet's most popular baking show, "Nerdy Nummies" a collection of Rosanna Pansino's all-time favorite geeky recipes as well as sensational new recipes exclusive to this book. 
"The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook" is quirky, charming, and fun, featuring the recipes behind Rosanna Pansino's celebrated, one-of-a-kind creations, as well as beautiful, mouthwatering photographs throughout. It is the perfect companion that you ll turn to whenever you want to whip up a delicious treat and be entertained all at once. And best of all, these treats are as simple as they are fun to make No need for costly tools or baking classes to create these marvelous delights yourself. 
"The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook" combines two things Rosanna loves: geek culture and baking. Her fondness for video games, science fiction, math, comics, and lots of other things considered nerdy have inspired every recipe in this book. You ll find the recipes for many beloved fan favorites from the show, such as Apple Pi Pie, the Chocolate Chip Smart Cookie, and Volcano Cake; as well as many new geeky recipes, such as Dinosaur Fossil Cake, Moon Phase Macarons, and the Periodic Table of Cupcakes." The Nerdy Nummies" "Cookbook "showcases Rosanna's most original and popular creations, and each recipe includes easy-to-follow photo instructions and a stunning shot of the finished treat in all its geeky glory: a delicious confection sure to please the geek in all of us


Matt Kaplan signs in San Diego

Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers Cover Image
$28.60
ISBN: 9781476777108
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 27th, 2015

Can migrations of birds foretell our future? Do phases of the moon hold sway over our lives? Are there sacred springs that cure the ill? What is the best way to brew a love potion? How do we create mutant humans who regenerate like Wolverine? 
In "Science of the Magical," noted science journalist Matt Kaplan plumbs the rich, lively, and surprising history of the magical objects, places, and rituals that infuse ancient and contemporary myth. Like Ken Jennings and Mary Roach, Kaplan serves as a friendly armchair guide to the world of the supernatural. From the strengthening powers of Viking mead, to the super soldiers in movies like "Captain America," Kaplan ranges across cultures and time periods to point out that there is often much more to these enduring magical narratives than mere fantasy. Informative and entertaining, "Science of the Magical" explores our world through the compelling scope of natural and human history and cutting-edge science.


The Science of Monsters: The Origins of the Creatures We Love to Fear Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451667998
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 8th, 2013

We all know "there's no such thing as monsters," but our imaginations tell us otherwise. From the mythical beasts of ancient Greece to the hormonal vampires of the "Twilight" saga, monsters have captivated us for millennia. Matt Kaplan, a noted science journalist and monster-myth enthusiast, employs an entertaining mix of cutting-edge research and a love of lore to explore the history behind these fantastical fictions and our hardwired obsession with things that go bump in the night. "The Science of Monsters" tackles the enduring questions that arise on the frontier between fantasy and reality. Did dragons really exist? What inspired the creation of vampires and why are we so drawn to them? Are we close to making "Jurassic Park" a reality by replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? Kaplan takes readers to the forefront of science, where our favorite figures of horror may find real-life validation.


Ryan Britt signs in San Diego

Luke Skywalker Can't Read: And Other Geeky Truths Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147517579
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Published: Plume Books - November 24th, 2015

Essayist Ryan Britt got a sex education from dirty pictures of dinosaurs, made out with Jar-Jar Binks at midnight, and figured out how to kick depression with a "Doctor Who" Netflix-binge. Alternating between personal anecdote, hilarious insight, and smart analysis, "Luke Skywalker Can t Read" contends that "Barbarella" is good for you, that monster movies are just romantic comedies with commitment issues, that Dracula and Sherlock Holmes are total hipsters, and, most shockingly, shows how virtually everyone in the "Star Wars "universe is functionally illiterate. 
Romp through time and space, from the circus sideshowsof 100 yearsago to the Comic Cons of today, from darkest corners of the Galaxy to the comfort of your couch. For anyone who pretended their flashlight was a lightsaber, stood in line for a movie at midnight, or dreamed they were abducted by aliens, "Luke Skywalker Can't Read" is full of answers to questions you haven't thought to ask, and perfect for readers of Chuck Klosterman, Rob Sheffield, and Ernest Cline.


Star Wars Psychology in San Diego

Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind Cover Image
By Travis Langley, Carrie Goldman (Foreword by)
$16.45
ISBN: 9781454917366
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sterling - October 27th, 2015

From the very start, the Star Wars series created a compelling and complex universe. In advance of the highly anticipated new movie, this essay collection offers a fascinating and unauthorized psychological analysis of George Lucas's richly rendered world. A group of expert contributors examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this spellbinding world.


The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead Cover Image
By Travis Langley (Editor), John Russo (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454917052
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sterling - August 4th, 2015

 "The Walking Dead "depicts a postapocalyptic world filled with relentless violence and death. How would such trauma affect the psyche? Nineteen fascinating essays explore the deep psychological forces that drive the show's action, from the costs of killing and survivor guilt to the consequences of nonstop stress and the struggle to find meaning in tragedy. "The Walking Dead Psychology "helps fans better grasp this compelling fictional universe.


Doctor Who: A History Cover Image
$20.85
ISBN: 9780762791880
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Published: Lyons Press - October 1st, 2013

Alan Kistler cohosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast. Recognized as a comic book historian by CNN, he has written for MTV.com, Wired.com, and ComicBookResources.com, and he has spoken at the Paley Center for Media on Star Trek and vampire fiction and at Geek Girl Con on women in science fiction. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City. Visit him on Twitter @SizzlerKistler and at AlanKistler.com.


Gavin Aung Than Signs in San Diego

Zen Pencils-Volume Two: Dream the Impossible Dream Cover Image
$16.49
ISBN: 9781449471927
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 13th, 2015

Cartoon quotes from inspirational folks! 
"Zen Pencils "is an exciting and unique new comic that takes inspirational and famous quotes and adapts them into cartoon stories. From icons like Einstein, Gandhi, and Twain to modern-day philosophers, comedians and writers--their words are turned into heartwarming stories by cartoonist Gavin Aung Than. Be inspired, motivated, educated, and laugh as you read famous words as never before!


Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449457952
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 11th, 2014

Zen Pencils is an exciting and unique new comic form that takes inspirational and famous quotations and adapts them into graphic stories. From icons like Confucius, Marie Curie, and Henry David Thoreau, to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge, to contemporary notables like Ira Glass, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Neil Gaiman---their words are turned into sometimes heartwarming, sometimes sobering stories by cartoonist Gavin Aung Than. Be inspired, motivated, educated, and laugh as you read famous words as never before! 


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