#1031 – Nerdy Deserts
I’m in the desert for a few days with our preaching team. Once a year we head off site in order to plan out our sermon series for the next year. God often met with his people in the desert and the wilderness. I’m praying that he will follow suit with us as we try to discern what he would have us teach.
Spending time in Palm Desert made me think about some of these nerdy deserts.
Tusken Raiders. Jawas. Scum and villainy. What more could you ask for? Tatooine is the prototypical desert world. Its arid climate and sandy dunes seem familiar, but its inhabitants couldn’t be more alien. When I was younger I always remember being bored by Tatooine in Episode IV; I couldn’t wait for Luke, Han, Chewie and Ben to make it into outer space. For the planet furthest from the bright center of the universe, Tatooine sure does play an important part in that bright universe. Anakin Skywalker was born there, Luke Skywalker was raised there and Jabba the Hutt maintained his base of operations there. I’m sure plenty of core worlds would have loved to have Tatooine’s pedigree, especially Alderaan because boring is better than destroyed.
As I’ve shared before I’m working my way through Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. I’m onto the fifth book, but the first book takes place in another desert. In The Gunslinger Roland chases the man in black across an expansive desert, coming across a town of dangerous fanatics and boy who shouldn’t even be there. The desert plays an important part in the story; its massive size and relentless heat gives the reader insight into Roland and his obsessive quest. In The Dark Tower Mid World is made up of more than deserts, but the desert in The Gunslinger is a good introduction to King’s fantasy epic.
I started reading comics in the early 90s and ever since then the X-Men have always been my favorite. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but when it comes to reading comics I stick to the children of the atom. When I started reading Uncanny X-Men, the X-Men were in space fighting for the Shi’ar Empire. They eventually made it back to earth and the Charles Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. Right before I started reading Uncanny X-Men, though, the X-Men were hanging out in the desert outback of Australia. They had faked their deaths and decided to lay low down under. I didn’t read too many of those books, but I know they featured a lot of Gateway and a lot of the Reavers. Lady Deathstrike always freaked me out and I was happy to have missed her main run in the late 80s. I already had trouble falling asleep and I didn’t need her long claws giving me nightmares.
Thankfully Palm Desert isn’t as hot or dangerous as any of the above deserts. It’s actually pretty quiet, pretty developed and full of retired couples.
What are some of your favorite nerdy deserts?