LEAGUECAST #186 – Interview With Author J.W. Rinzler

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This week, as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Geek League Of America, Adam brings us a special interview with author and former Executive Editor at Lucasfilm, J.W. Rinzler! Adam talks to Rinzler about his time at Lucasfilm working closely with visionaries like George Lucas, Joe Johnston, Ian McCaig, and others; his experiences editing and researching books like The Making Of Star Wars, The Making Of The Empire Strikes Back, The Making Of Return Of The Jedi, (and addresses whether or not we’ll ever see the shelved Making Of The Force Awakens book); and his thoughts on Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm’s transition to Disney ownership – a topic to which he is devoting a multi-part blog series titled “The Rise And Fall Of Star Wars.

Rinzler also discusses his fascinating new historical fiction novel: All Up: Odyssey Of The Rocketmen, the “thrilling & epic behind-the-scenes tale of the three Godfathers of the first Space Age: Faustian engineer Wernher von Braun, occultist/explosive expert Jack Parsons, and hidden titan/Soviet principal designer Sergei Pavlovich Korolev.” Plus, Adam asks Rinzler about his time as the Editor of GamePro magazine, and Rinzler reveals that he is indeed the inspiration for the name of a Tron: Legacy character!

(Image Credit: Star Wars News Net)

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Jeff is the defining voice of his generation. Sadly, that generation exists only in an alternate dimension where George Lucas became supreme overlord of the Earth in 1979 and replaced every television broadcast and theatrical film on the planet with Star Wars and Godzilla movies. In this dimension, he’s just a guy from New England who likes writing snarky things about superheroes, monsters, and robots.