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Getting Lost: Survival, Baggage, and Starting Over in J. J. Abrams' Lost is a collection of essays by popular writers speculating and analyzing the show Lost.

Publisher's summary

"Theories abound about the survivors of Flight 815 and their enigmatic island home on the supernatural television phenomenon Lost. This collection of essays provides insight into the most talked-about issues, including chapters on Why the Survivors Must Be in Another Dimension (or the Twilight Zone), Lord of the Lost: Jack vs. Locke, The Others: Where On Earth Did They Come From . . . or Did They?, and A Theologian's View of the Island as Purgatory. Contributors such as television critic Joyce Millman, science-fiction writer Adam-Troy Castro, and paranormal-romance author MaryJanice Davidson tackle predominant themes, plotlines, and symbols of the hit show while answering the questions on every fan's mind: What's with the polar bears and black mist? Why does the sudden struggle for survival lead some to romantic relationships, some to conflict, and others to leadership? and Why did Boone have to die?"


  • The book is 240 pages long.
  • Edited by Orson Scott Card, well-known science fiction author of Ender's Game.
  • Individual chapters are by different professors, writers, and specialists in various fields, and explore their analysis or theory of particular aspects of Lost.


  • "What is Lost good for?" - Orson Scott Card (Intro)
  • "Game Theory" - Joyce Millman
  • "Staying Lost" - Charlie W. Starr
  • "The Same Damn Island" - Adam-Troy Castro
  • "The Lost Book Club" - Bill Spangler
  • "Oceanic Tales: Have You Been Framed?" - Evelyn Vaughn
  • "All Hail Hurley!" - Nick Mamatas
  • "Lost in Love" - Lani Diane Rich
  • "There Are No Coincidences" - Leigh Adams Wright
  • "Cosmic Vertigo on the Isle of Lost" - Barry Vacker
  • "Doubt, Descartes, and Evil Geniuses" - Robert Burke Richardson
  • "Oops" - Clayton Davis
  • "Lost Connections - G.O. Likeskill
  • "Double-Locked" - Amy Berner
  • "The Art of Leadership" - Glenn Yeffeth
  • "Who’s Who and What’s What for Everybody Who is… Lost" - Wayne Allen Sallee (Glossary)

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