How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

This is part four of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Man, government in the Star Wars universe is confusing. Until the late 1990s it was pretty simple. The oppressive Galactic Empire, led by the Emperor and his righthand cyborg Darth Vader, controlled the majority of the galaxy and it fought with the Rebel … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?

This is part three of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1 and Part 2. Anyone who has the least bit of familiarity with Star Wars knows that many of its most beloved characters aren’t flesh and blood. These characters, made of metal, are robots, or “droids” as they are called in the movies. While droids like … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?

How possible is Star Wars? Part II: Galactic Empires aren’t built in a day

This is part three of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1 and Part 3. Star Wars and Star Trek are often compared to each other. After all, they both center on largely human characters who travel from planet to planet, each one surprisingly livable and often full of plants and animals, not unlike those on Earth. … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Part II: Galactic Empires aren’t built in a day

How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?

Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series marking the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Back in 1977, a movie inspired people to dream of a galaxy far, far away. It also caused a lot of kids to demand their parents buy a seemingly never-ending stream of action figures. That movie … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?