He first wrote this article called [link=http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/1999/06/15/brin_main/index.html]"Star Wars despots vs. Star Trek populists."[/link] Then he wrote this article called [link=http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/1999/06/15/brin_side/index.html]"What's wrong (and right) about The Phantom Menace"[/link]. After myself and several hundred other SW fans emailed him to point out several of his weaker grasps about the points he was lambasting Lucas for. One of the things I took issue with was his confusion as to why Darth Sidious would want Maul to kill Amidala, when in the film, Sidious commands Maul to bring her back so she could sign the treaty, not kill her. I am sure if you read these articles yourself you will understand why so many of us wrote to him. Then he did this follow up article, and, well read it for yourself. It's called [link=http://www.kithrup.com/brin/starwarsarticle.html]"An Addendum To David Brin's Critique of The Star Wars Universe Written In Response To Several Hundred Emails."[/link] Personally, I have yet to see any redeeming qualities about the guy.