Bryan Young

Contributing Writer

Bryan covers history, pop culture and all things Star Wars for HowStuffWorks. He's worked as a filmmaker, journalist and novelist, and continues to do so. He does a Star Wars podcast called Full of Sith, wrote a book about a presidential assassination and lives in Salt Lake City.

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