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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:45 am 
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pretty cool look at the making of 'Empire Strikes Back'

http://nofilmschool.com/2013/03/directo ... mSchool%29

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I find it kinda hilarious that he repeatedly says it's a fairytale and not science-fiction, when the SW films are usually held up (by Traveller fans at least) as being Space Opera. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:12 pm 
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EDG wrote:
I find it kinda hilarious that he repeatedly says it's a fairytale and not science-fiction, when the SW films are usually held up (by Traveller fans at least) as being Space Opera.


I think it's definitely Space Opera. I think when he says it's not science fiction, he's probably trying to make a distinction from 'hard' SF, like 2001 A Space Odyssey, or Bladerunner.

I someone has asked him if Star Wars was Space Opera I have a hard time imagining him saying no. It's clearly in the same mould as Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, with their evil space emperors, and space princesses in distress.

But it's a different kind of Space Opera to Traveller.

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EDG wrote:
I find it kinda hilarious that he repeatedly says it's a fairytale and not science-fiction, when the SW films are usually held up (by Traveller fans at least) as being Space Opera. :)

Well, the original sense of "space opera" was entirely pejorative, a term for stock stories with skiffy set-dressing and no apparent awareness of science. So perhaps the views aren't incompatible!

I wouldn't call Star Wars a "hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn, spaceship yarn".

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Recently overheard at a RPG convention:

"Star Wars; keeping the 'Science' out of Science Fiction since 1977."


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