Geektastic was a solid anthology filled with stories relating to every aspect of the geek. From LARPing to Buffy to Stars (including astronomy, Trek, and Wars). Being of the geek persuasion myself, many of these stories really spoke to me, some much more than others. From the back cover:
Geektastic celebrates all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you’re a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic has something for everyone. Get your geek on!
I’ll review many of them:
“Once You’re a Jedi, You’re a Jedi all the Way” by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci is probably my favorite of the bunch. It’s a Star Wars and Star Trek mash-up–something I’ve always wanted to see. It takes place at a science fiction convention, where a Klingon and a Jedi have gotten together. And then, of course, there is a gigantic clash between their friends. That’s right, a bat’leH and lightsaber battle. This is a wonderful story!
Tracy Lynn‘s “One of Us” is delightful: a cheerleader who wants to speak geek so she can understand her boyfriend better. She goes through a full course on geek, with fantasy literature, anime/manga, Star Wars and Star Trek, and everything else you can think of. Then, she discovers more about herself than she first realized.
Scott Westerfeld‘s “Definitional Chaos” is a story that explores motivations, neutrality, and ethics told through the tale of a heist. I really enjoyed it.
I was unsure of Cassandra Clare‘s story “I Never” at first, but it got me in the end, romantic that I am. It’s about a girl who plays a MMORPG and includes some colorful characters.
M.T. Anderson‘s “The King of Pelinesse” was touching and heartbreaking, tinged with some great pulp sci-fi dialogue.
“The Wrath of Dawn” by Cynthia & Greg Leitich Smith is a brief tribute to Dawn, Buffy’s latecoming sister. I’ve only watched the first few seasons of Buffy, so it’s not as impactful as it might be, but I appreciate and was touched by the heart that went into it. Imagine “Once More With Feeling” as a Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Garth Nix‘s “The Quiet Knight” is an inspirational story about a cosplayer/LARPer who finally steps into the real world to do the right thing. Nice!
“Secret Identity” by Kelly Link was long and winding. I think it needed to be tighter, although it’s still an enjoyable story.
“Freak the Geek” by John Green was fun. It’s brief, and deals with standing up to the oppressive masses against geekdom.
“The Truth About Dino Girl” by Barry Lyga is about a dinosaur nerd’s mission to destroy a girl who wounded her. Don’t mess with Dino Girl!
“Stars at the Finish Line” by Wendy Mass follows two teens as they push each other to prepare for NASA. It ends under a starry night, which is always rather romantic.
The collection finishes with “It’s Just a Jump to the Left” by Libba Bray. It’s a period piece concerned with coming of age set against multiple visits to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This was an excellent addition to the collection, and (like Zombies vs. Unicorns) a strong finish to the book.
Also, there’s great cover art! Seriously, you absolutely can and should judge a book by its cover!