Chris Taylor

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

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    Gitte Manskov Hersomhas quoted5 years ago
    There was a time between the trilogies when Star Wars lived on the geeky fringes of society. No longer.
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    *1 Science fiction echoes our world; space fantasy transcends our world. It is nostalgic and romantic, and more freely adventurous, and it takes technology as a mere starting point. It casts aside the laws of physics in favor of fun. “I was afraid science fi
    Mikie Joneshas quoted6 months ago
    “We’re plastic spacemen. If anybody in the club is getting too serious, we’ll throw out that tagline. ‘Yep, we’re plastic spacemen.’
    Mikie Joneshas quoted8 months ago
    All the speed, romance and humor of Star Wars are in “Skylark.”
    Mikie Joneshas quoted8 months ago
    He was the star of “Skylark of Space,” a story written by E. E. “Doc” Smith, a food chemist who wrote fiction as a hobby when he wasn’t trying to engineer the perfect doughnut.
    Mikie Joneshas quoted8 months ago
    Escapes, rescues, duels, and wars are the main attraction, but in between them Burroughs reveals aspects of this curious world with the confidence of a good travel writer.
    Qorxmaz Aydınlıhas quotedlast year
    better candidate in the desert town of Mojave, hundreds of miles to the south: literally a spaceport, it also offers a roughneck equivalent of the Mos Eisley cantina,
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    A second serial, Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars, followed in 1938, based on another Raymond storyline. Film historians have often assumed the setting was changed from Mongo to Mars to cash in on Orson Welles’s sensational radio broadcast of War of the Worlds that year. But the timing doesn’t add up: the serial was released in March, while Welles’s fear-inducing play was a Halloween performance. Mars continued to excite the popular imagination no matter the month. Besides, Buck
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    An English writer and son of a newspaper baron, Edwin Lester Arnold, decided to cast aside spacecraft altogether; in Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation (1905), he takes another fictional US Navy lieutenant and packs him off to Mars on a magical Persian carpet. Arnold’s Mars is surprisingly medieval. The people of Hither, indolent and soaked
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    is a nickname Lucas applied to himself in 2007, after President George W. Bush famously referred to himself as “the Decider.” Responding to a question from Conan O’Brien about fans challenging him, Lucas pointed out that he is another George W. He told the host: “I’m more than the Decider. I am the Creator!
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    . “The Force,” in their usage, can best be described as a kind of positive, life-filled, extra-sensory force field surrounding them. “We call for strength, for pr
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    (Modern audiences, of course, see it as too slow; the ethos of Star Wars helped beget the ethos of MTV.)
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    and the son does pretty much what he wants. Then we have the third group, the holy ghost, which is the blo
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    big screen, it will be the first in history to emerge without the helicopter parenting of the Creator*1 himself.
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    saturated modern life is; references crop up in the oddest places. I went to a yoga class; the teacher’s short hand for the technique of ujjayi breathing was “just breathe like Darth Vader.” I went to Facebook for a press briefing on the algorithm that governs what stories we see in our news feeds; the executive explained it by showing how Yoda would see different posts from Luke Skywalker compared to the posts Darth Vader and Princess Leia would see on their feeds, because of the different familial relationships.
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    fairy tale, the Empire, was inspired by the US military in Vietnam; the Ewoks by the Viet Cong; the Emperor by President Nixon. The fa
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    His calmness under fire helped determine the course of the horrific battle, and arguably the war. “Were it not for the Navajo,” said a major in George’s division, “the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima.”
    Gitte Manskov Hersomhas quoted5 years ago
    Vader, by the way, is Luke Skywalker’s dad.
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