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Searching for Slave Leia by Sandra McDonald

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"Searching for Slave Leia" is a 2012 science fiction short story by Sandra McDonald. It is about a TV producer who travels back in time to her first viewing of Return of the Jedi.

May The Force Be With Her!

I was a teenage boy during the 1980s when Return of the Jedi came out – so yes, I was turned on when I saw Princess Leia in her gold, metal bikini. What teenage boy wasn’t? As I look back on it now I see that it was really a gimmick to add a little “sex appeal” to the movie. But hey you know what? I liked it! This story (written by a woman) reminded me why I liked Leia’s slave outfit so much. Not only that, but there are several references to pop sci-fi in this fun little story – so do yourself a favor and check it out!

Non-Spoiler Summary

Return of the Jedi poster

Sheila has worked her way up in the movie industry. She started out doing grunt work but now finds herself working with a producer whose demands are giving her health problems. Then she mysteriously finds herself in 1983 at the opening day of Return of the Jedi where she sees strength in Carrie Fisher’s eyes. And, like many time-traveling stories, she flits around in the ether until she finds herself in a variety of times and places – such as riding with her dad, or doing menial jobs. But will she be able to return to the “present”? And will she remember what she saw in Princess Leia’s determination? Let’s hope so, because that may save her life!

Some Interesting Tidbits

  • Word count: 5,779 (10 pages)
  • Did you know that Sandra McDonald spent eight years as an officer in the United States Navy? Yep. You can learn more about this talented science fiction author on Wikipedia.
  • Special thanks to Carl at the Classic Science Fiction reading group for sharing this cool story!

Where To Find Searching for Slave Leia

  • This short story was first published in the November 2012 edition of Lightspeed Magazine.
  • You can still read "Searching for Slave Leia" for free online at Lightspeed Magazine’s web site.

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If you liked "Searching for Slave Leia" then you might also enjoy “The Egan Thief” by Gord Sellar – about an author who realizes that Greg Egan is stealing all his stories before he can publish them!

2 thoughts to “Searching for Slave Leia by Sandra McDonald”

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, Rusty. I don’t think it connected with many in the group, but that’s okay. Its fun to share short stories in general just to see how folks will react.

  2. Thanks Carl – I thought it was a cool story, especially since I remember going to Return of the Jedi when I was a kid! Maybe that fact makes a difference in who really likes it. Anyway, anything to remind me of “the good Star Wars movies” is a plus in my book!

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