Covering a wide-range of topics, Performing the Force looks primarily at the activities and actions of fans of various media and multimedia franchises, though one (the final one) explores a modern legend. The essays appear to have come out of a class (or series of classes) taught by the editors, and, as such, there is a mixed quality to them. That said most are very informative regarding their chosen topic, and there are a few that rise above the others through the author's insightful comments or unique approaches to their subjects.
Introduction: Popular Entertainment and the Desire for Transcendence: Immersion into Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Performances / Kurt Lancaster and Tom Mikotowicz.
Pt. I. The Desire for the Fantastic: Escape or Self-Elucidation?
The Quest: Dreams and Desires in Fantasy and Science Fiction / Heather Jean Fitch.
Pt. II. Performing the Myth of Science Fiction's Popular Culture Icons.
The Mythology of the Stanley Kubrick Image / Christine Witmer.
The Performance of George Pal / Snezhana Kushnir.
George Lucas: His Roles and His Myths / Steve Bebout.
The Myth of George Lucas Surrounding: The Phantom Menace / Robert Delaney.
Star Wars: The Magic of the Anti-Myth / Daniel Mackay [reprinted/revised from Foundation 76 ).
Man and Myth: Social Implications of Chris Carter and The X-Files / Jennifer Anderson.
Alex Proyas: A Consistent Image / Claudia Debs.
A Robert Jordan Book Signing / Jesse Snedden.
Pt. III. Performing in Computer Games.
The Performance of War Games / Benjamin N. Fox [on Warhammer Fantasy Battle].
Playing Video Games as a Performance / Christopher Shade [on Colony Wars].
The Re-performance of Star Wars in Computer Games / Kellee Santiago.
Virtual Simulated Environments: Performing in "The Ages of Myst and Riven" / Tom Mikotowicz.
Pt. IV. At the Interface: Webpages as Sites of Immersion.
Interface Design as Performance: A Link Between Fantasy and Reality / Tracy N. Schmetterer [on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer website].
Godzilla Attacks the World Wide Web / Rebecca Feldman.
Mulder and Scully Together at Last: The Feminine Demonstration of Scully in Fan Art on the Web / Stephanie Dalquist.
Immersion Through an Interface in The Blair Witch Project / Kurt Lancaster.
Pt. V. Interactive Movies.
"Let's Do the Time Warp Again": The Survival of the Rocky Horror Picture Show / Lauren Kerchner.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A No-Tech Virtual-Reality Film Experience / Michael Urdaneta.
Pt. VI. Marketing and Playing with Action Figures.
Action Figures: Props of Performance / Vera Zago.
Action Figures: Another Style of Performance / Heather Jewels.
The Action of Star Wars Comes Home / David Rodriguez.
Pt. VII. Performing in Role-Playing Games.
The Performance of William Gibson's Tropes in Cyberpunk 2020 / J. T. Dorr-Bremme.
Ultima Online: A Performance, or an Evolution Toward a Second Society? / Geoffrey Arend.
Vampire: The Masquerade--A Countercultural Performance / Rachel Werkman.
Pt. VIII. Environmental Fantasies.
Participation in Another Dimension / Alison Vason [Disney's Tower of Terror attraction].
The Dudleytown Witch Project: A Personal Account / Christopher Kam.