Bored with basketball but want some Tournament action in your March-to-Early April? MentalFloss.com has collected* a list of (More Than) 11 OTHER March Madness Tournaments
, covering books, music, TV, webcomics, various flavors of sci-fi and fantasy, plus bunny slippers, hot dog toppings, the (previously here
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The Clone Wars
) are over, with only a few last mopping up operations underway
and a few Jedi unaccounted for
. But there is another... Star Wars Rebels
will be the new Lucasfilm animated series, and will be taking it's design direction from the work of Ralph McQuarrie
The Best Of Star Wars: Clone Wars
- The CGI Star Wars spin off that made the franchise fun again
for young and old
reached it's 100th episode
Aircraft Carriers in Space
: Naval analyst Chris Weuve talks to Foreign Policy
about what Battlestar Galactica gets right about space warfare.
Spaceships that became other spaceships: The Millennium Falcon
, The Colonial Viper
, The Eagle Transporter
- from the blog of Gavin Rothery
, visual effects designer on Moon
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer explains how Star Wars has dulled the edge that made science fiction such a pertinent film genre.
A Galaxy Far, Far Away My Ass...
, Pt. Three [more inside]
"I measure my life in terms of my relationship with Star Wars"
- The Guardian interviews Simon Pegg, star of Spaced
, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the forthcoming Paul
Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the movie's release, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
chronicles the complete tale—from pre-release to blockbuster success — of what’s become the fan favorite of the Star Wars series. Vanity Fair presents an excerpt from the book: rarely seen photographs from the Empire Strikes Back set, annotated with behind-the-scenes details
. They also have interviews with the book’s author, J. W. Rinzler
, and the man behind Boba Fett’s mask, actor Jeremy Bulloch
." On a lighter note, how about a Wampa Throw Rug
, new from the folks at ThinkGeek?
“Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi Bendu were the most feared warriors in the universe. For one hundred thousand years, generations of Jedi perfected their art as the personal bodyguards of the emperor. They were the chief architects of the invincible Imperial Space Force which expanded the Empire across the galaxy, from the celestial equator to the farthest reaches of the Great Rift.
Now these legendary warriors are all but extinct. One by one they have been hunted down and destroyed as enemies of the New Empire by a ferocious and sinister rival warrior sect, the Knights of Sith.”
- The first draft of Star Wars... was awful
Geek Nirvana: Star Trek's Federation vs Star Wars' Empire By the Numbers
Because we know the debate rages on......
Now if we could only resolve Kirk vs. Picard for once and all.
via Linux Notes
Lucas: Powerful reteller of myth - or galactic gasbag?
Salon has a scathing review of Lucas' claim that the basis of the Star Wars saga is in "man's oldest stories" and that he was guided by Joseph Campbell.
"With 'Star Wars' I consciously set about to re-create myths and the classic mythological motifs," Lucas says. "I wanted to use those motifs to deal with issues that exist today."
Hogwash, says author Steven Hart. Star Wars is based not on "The Odyssey" or the "Upanishads", but on Asimov, Heinlen, Herbert and other 20th century S.F.