Agree. Although my 'suspension of disbelief' says that:Yep, got that, but the 'speed' of the Millennium Falcon is in there, and it highlights that George Lucas cared not one whit for science!
Hi @Maximum7, I was wondering if you've read up on George Lucas' thinking on his creative universe, it helps to frame how seriously to take things...and why there's a lot of irreverent responses on 'the science of Star Wars'. He was interviewed by Bill Moyers in 1999 for the release of The Phantom Menace and a couple of questions illustrate that even though George thought through many elements, even he was constrained by what he had crafted because he did not have the entire saga clear in his mind when he started:Well I’m working on a project and exploring the science behind the scenes of Star Wars. The stuff that isn’t mentioned but exists and I was wondering what type of fusion fits the bill for them.
No amount of thinking is going to create a 'science' that allows sound in space, but nonetheless, it's there!GEORGE LUCAS: We were using a kind of technology which had to be completely worked out. How do these bubbles exist under there? Where do they come from? What do they use for energy? The whole culture has to be designed. What do they believe in? How do they operate? What are the economics of the culture. Most of it doesn’t appear in the movie, but you have to have thought it through, otherwise there’s — something always rings very untrue or phony about what it is that’s going on. And one of the things I struggle for is to create a kind of immaculate realism in a totally unreal and fantasy world. It’s a science that I can make up. But once I make up a rule, then I have to live with it.
BILL MOYERS: Such as? The world according to George.
GEORGE LUCAS: Well — I mean, one of the rules is that there’s sound in space.
(Excerpt from “Star Wars”)
GEORGE LUCAS: So there’s sound in space. I can’t suddenly have spaceships flying around without any sound anymore because I’ve already done it. I’ve established that as one of the rules of the — of the — of my galaxy and I have to live with that.
Thanks for the link! Yes they tried to explain sound in space with auditory sensors but the fine structure constant may be different in their galaxy.Hi @Maximum7, I was wondering if you've read up on George Lucas' thinking on his creative universe, it helps to frame how seriously to take things...and why there's a lot of irreverent responses on 'the science of Star Wars'. He was interviewed by Bill Moyers in 1999 for the release of The Phantom Menace and a couple of questions illustrate that even though George thought through many elements, even he was constrained by what he had crafted because he did not have the entire saga clear in his mind when he started:
No amount of thinking is going to create a 'science' that allows sound in space, but nonetheless, it's there!
Believe it or not aural sensors explain away sound in space (at least in the Legends material.). I think for storytelling purposes we hear sound; but I’m sure the characters don’t hear anything if in a vacuumReally, the fine structure constant? We're well into technobabble land if that's being invoked to account for sound in space
If I guess correctly, the OP is writing a technical manual for the SWU. The premise of such a manual is that it lives within the universe it's describing. Put another way, it does not break down the fourth wall.Can there be a difference, @DaveC426913? It's not like the Star Wars universe is 'out there somewhere', it only exists in the storytelling!
Quantity over quality. The Empire produced millions of clones, but they used a crummy Xerox machine.What I want to know is why the baddies, from orcs to stormtroopers, can never shoot straight? If you have FTL travel, you'd think you'd have an effective weapon to shoot at an enemy 10m away.
It is on the same continuum as the Star Trek Technical Manual, just a little more toward the hand-wavey end.I am amused that people want scientific accuracy in a movies where a) the creators did not care about scientific accuracy, especially if it got in the way of the story, and
No. That's an assumption we all made, and it was cleared up (retconned) in Solo: A Star Wars Story where it was shown how he made the Kessel Run in the shortest distance.b) uses a unit of length as if it were a unit of time.
This idea is used in the "Collapsing Empire" trilogy by John Scalzi. Except that the "nanosecond out of phase" is not necessary, because this, for all that is the same in it, is really a different universe from where they just came, with no identical replicas of them to be met in it until right now, and they are the replicas. There are several things wrong with this idea, but why let logic spoil a good story?"I could suggest that the FTL isn't anything of the kind, it's actually a dimensional jump to the next nearest parallel universe that matches the desired location, but a nanosecond out of phase so the protagonists never meet themselves and expose the trick!"