Geek Culture: New Year, New Nerdy Books: "GEEKTIONARY" and "ROBOT HAIKU"

by brians



From Anime to Zettabyte, An A to Z Guide to All Things Geek

By Gregory Bergman and Josh Lambert

What’s the story?

"Dude, I'm totally into the WoW MMORPG. My avatar's at sixtieth level. But my parents are such twelve o'clock flashers they're always on my case about it."

Whether they're fifteen or fifty, into science fiction, movies, or D&D, geeks have their own language, full of strange and mysterious words, phrases, and acronyms. But now there's an easy way to understand them.

With Geektionary: From Anime to Zettabyte, An A to Z Guide to all Things Geek (Adams Media, a division of F+W Media; January), the uninitiated can dork out with the best of 'em. Featuring more than 1,000 words and their definitions, along with interesting factoids and quizzes to help test your GQ (Geek Quotient), you can get schooled in geek lingo from all genres--comic books . . . Klingons . . . supercomputers . . . Star Wars, and more!

What does it mean for your audience?

Geek culture is taking the world by storm – with comic book movies owning (or “pwning” – see the Geektionary!) the box offices, cartoons taking over the airwaves, and science fiction dominating the bestseller lists, it's important to know what the heck these people are talking about.  

So when the conversation turns to fizzbin or midochlorians, no one has to feel confused. With the aid of this practical and thoroughly entertaining guide, anyone can learn to speak geek!

Who is the author?

Writer and comedian Gregory Bergman is the author of seven books, including the bestselling humor book series WTF? He is too cool to do a "geek" book alone, and has therefore called on the expertise of Josh Lambert.

Josh Lambert received degrees from UC Berkeley and USC. He owns a vast comic book collection, engages in computer animation and illustration, and makes his living in Sacramento, CA valuing going concerns using financial models. Is this a geek or what? 



Robot Haiku
Poems for Humans To Read Until Their Robots Decide It's Kill Time

By Ray Salemi 

What’s the story?

Droid with wood chipper

Rakes the lawn. But at what cost?

Crap. “Run! Fido! Run!”

Cyborgs. Androids. Drones. T-800. HAL 9000. R-4-P17. Fembots, Autobots. Orbots.
Robots are everywhere – building our cars, cleaning our homes, answering our phones – but don't let them fool you. Even if they were made to sweep your floors, they won't be happy until they've left you in the dust.

In Robot Haiku: Poems for Humans to Read Until Their Robots Decide It’s Kill Time (Adams Media, a division of F+W Media; January), you'll learn the truth about the robots that inhabit our world. From wood chipper droids to lawyer-bots, these are the robots that will destroy you when you least expect it - one punchy, pithy, paranoid poem at a time! 

What does it mean for your audience?

For the nerds, geeks, technology lovers and actual poetry readers, this little book of 3-lined, bot-inspired gems makes the perfect gift - and a fun addition to your coffee table or bookshelf. Just don’t let your Humanoid Housekeeper find it!

Who is the author?

Ray Salemi is a twenty-year veteran of the high-tech market, whose writing has appeared in Business Week and Fast Company. He's never faced a robot uprising, but he's seen enough movies to know that he could take them (with Shia LaBeouf's help, of course). 

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