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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