Category Archives: Star Wars

She Won’t Read That

I don’t read or watch science fiction, if I can help it. My favorite Star Wars movie is the third one (not counting the prequels) because the Ewoks are cute. I tried to read Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and made it less than thirty pages. My eyes could barely keep themselves open during Blade Runner. I always […] Continue reading

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Worldbuilding in Science Fiction

We are struck, when watching modern science fiction movies, by sweeping vistas of futuristic cities. From the dystopian darkness and aggressive neon of Blade Runner, to the vibrant colors and eclectic bustle of Black Panther, to the mysterious images of floating black monoliths in Arrival, such images help to teleport the viewer into a different […] Continue reading

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“War Games”

Military Science Fiction is quite prevalent, and AI and robots are ubiquitous in Sci-Fi. Then what explains this rarity of AI as competent generals/commanders? I would argue that because Science Fiction is bound by the rules of telling a good story, there are certain technological concepts that the genre has not figured out how to include while still preserving the story’s familiarity to the reader. Continue reading

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The Twin Sunsets

When you think of tatooine from Star Wars, you may think of a couple of things – sand, sand barges, more sand(it gets everywhere), and the twin suns we see in the beginning of A New Hope. While Star Wars may be a space fantasy and the dual stars seem outlandish since we are in … Continue reading The Twin Sunsets Continue reading Continue reading

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Some of the Best Science Social Fiction of our Time

I have a confession. I never considered myself a fan of science fiction. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t see myself as one until I was 20 years old. If we’re being honest, I had always regarded science fiction as a genre for geeks. I thought it could offer me little, and […] Continue reading

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Making the Jump to Light Speed

Chapter 1 of Astronomy: The Solar System served as a HUGE (seriously though) reminder as to how small and insignificant we are, and how very very very infinitesimally small the corner of the universe we’ve explored actually is. I’m a big Star Wars fan, and looking at that world from the perspective of astronomy class, […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Learning my (sci-fi) ABCs

Can you believe it? The semester and the year are nearly over, and while I have plenty to look forward to (the holidays, meeting my dog again, catching up on hundreds of hours of sleep), there is a lot to look forward to in the world of science fiction… Continue reading

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What Will We Find?

I am most interested in two things: finding another planet that we can exist on, and finding life. I am aware that neither of these two events may happen in my life time but after taking ASTR 201 at Vanderbilt I am very excited to read about the advances that our world makes in these… Continue reading Continue reading

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If We Could Go Back In Time…

Text by A.A. BENJAMIN, Game Demo by JO KIM, Characters by SPARLING Our fictional Once Upon A Time Machine video game proposal (<–see our powerpoint presentation here) had one obvious blunder. We had a cool game demo but treated our presentation as separate from the demo. As we talk about hyper-meditation in this English New Media course, […] Continue reading

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The Kessel Run

In Star Wars: A New Hope, Han Solo claims to have made the Kessel Run in only 12 parsecs. It is at this point that a general outcry raises from the physicists who know that a parsec is a unit of distance, not time. But when one knows more about Star Wars, it all makes sense. […] Continue reading Continue reading

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