Synopses & Reviews
Eric Smith is the cofounder of Geekadelphia, a popular blog covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the Philadelphia Geek Awards, an annual awards show held at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, and Philly.com.
"Brimming with references to Star Trek, Firefly, and Pokemon, this dating guide by popular blogger Smith is aimed at an ever-growing population of self-described male 'geeks' . Smith, who addresses the reader as 'Player One,' provides tips on how to 'hack' online dating profiles, the proper etiquette for approaching women on Facebook and Twitter, and the best locations for meeting like-minded women in real life. He walks readers through a first date simulation, outlining effective conversation strategies and topics to avoid. Smith does a great service for both sexes by disabusing men of the concepts of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and 'the friendzone,' while also discouraging 'idiosyncratic Ã¢Â€Â˜trademark' wardrobe items' such as fedoras. He does, however, explain how you can achieve Han Solo's 'roguish but classy' style without attracting 'unwanted attention in a cantina.' Smith further contends that the Cylons of Battlestar Galactica make good dating role models and that a Magic: The Gathering deck is a perfect metaphor for compromise in a relationship. He also covers moving in together, meeting her family, and proper break-up techniques, with Futurama's Bender providing an example of what not to do. With Smith stressing understanding and respect for women, this is a welcome alternative to the 'pick-up artist' phenomenon courting this same demographic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall. What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it’s time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. HI, HAVE YOU MET ME? Beginner Geek Dating
SELECTING YOUR CHARACTER: What Kind of Geek Are You?
I CHOO CHOO CHOOSE YOU: What Kind of Geek Do You Want to Date?
Chapter 2. ENGAGE!: Meeting People, Managing Expectations
AVOIDING IRL HELL: Setting Goals for Your Dating Experience
GREETINGS, PROGRAMS!: Online and Virtual Dating
ONE OF US!: Where to Meet Geeks
THE FORBIDDEN ZONE: Where NOT to Meet Geeks
Chapter 3. RELEASE THE KRAKEN! Setting Up the Date
DO OR DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY: How to Ask Someone Out
NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, THERE YOU ARE: Where to Take Your Date
HOLY HELPER, BATMAN! How to Deploy Your Wingman
Chapter 4. READY, PLAYER ONE? Preparing for Your Date
THE KOLINAHR: Emotional Preparation
THE PON FARR: Physical Preparation
THE KOBAYASHI MARU: Social Preparation
Chapter 5. MAKING FIRST CONTACT: The Date
THE PREQUEL: Before the Date
THE QUICKENING: During the Date
THE VOYAGE HOME: After the Date
Chapter 6. BEYOND THUNDERDOME: The Aftermath of a Date
GET READY FOR A SURPRISE!: The Next Day
GAME OF THRONES: Casual Dating
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: Exclusive Dating
DEALING WITH OUTWORLDERS: Introducing your Significant Other to Your Friends
Chapter 7. BOSS LEVEL: Advanced Geek Dating
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Getting Serious
I’VE GOT A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS: Breaking Up
A NEW HOPE: When to Start Dating Again