Dorkness Rising

Geeks and nerds are oftentimes an argumentative bunch, particularly when it comes to any number of hot-button topics that pit know-it-alls against one another. Although deliberations have raged for decades over the merits of Marvel over DC or Macs versus PCs, there’s one dorky debate that trumps ‘em all: Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek against George Lucas’ Star Wars.

Could an Imperial Star Destroyer wipe out the U.S.S. Enterprise-D? Or is the tyrannical Lord Darth Vader a better tactician than the famed Captain Jean-Luc Picard? Such questions have been endlessly argued and over-analyzed for years and are likely to be discussed during the Star Wars versus Star Trek meetup at The Royale.

Participants will defend either the final frontier or a galaxy far, far away in a series of debates that will take place during the afternoon event where each geek only has a maximum of five minutes to state their case. A pair of two-minute-long rebuttals will be allowed, points will be awarded for the most logical arguments, and the side with the most points at the end of the event will win.

While we expect the arguments to get a little heated, cooler heads will hopefully prevail and a full-on lightsaber/phaser battle will be avoided.

Sat., Nov. 26, 1 p.m., 2011
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.