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How has Star Wars Impacted Your Life?

How has Star Wars Impacted Your Life?

As an eleven-year-old, I’ll never forget seeing Star Wars (A New Hope) for the very first time. The path of the huge Imperial Star Destroyer simultaneously blazed its way across the screen and my mind. As a young kid I desperately wanted my own X-wing fighter just like Luke Skywalker or fly alongside Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon.

Prior to this baptism of the imagination I’d already been well indoctrinated by my father into scifi by a nightly diet of Star Trek. It was way prior to VCR’s, DVD recorders or any sort of time-shifting technology so the family dinner was always delayed so that we could see Captain Kirk and Spock in action.

Later in life, I decided to be a really cool Dad and pulled my kids out of school so that they could see the very first session of each of the first three newer Star Wars. The teachers were horrified that I would prize seeing a movie above “education”…..but sometimes education goes way beyond a classroom. At the end of the movie I dropped my kids back off at school so they could tell all of their friends that they’d already seen the latest instalment of the light sabre universe. Trust me that my kids got some serious kudos from this and Dad became a hero! :-)

Earlier this year I finally reached a life-long goal by publishing my own science fiction book, Battleframe. Holding my book for the very first time is one of the proudest moments in my life. I’m already a third of the way through book two so watch this space.

Battleframe was ultimately inspired by my father who opened up the worlds of Doc Smith, Frank Herbert, Gene Rodenberry, George Lucas and the like. I’ve journeyed with each of these writers as their characters have fought against insurmountable odds to overcome some challenge…..but Star Wars was something special.

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Brushing Up On Star Wars

Brushing Up On Star Wars

With the impending release of the JJ Abrams version of the Disney inspired Star Wars this Christmas I thought that it was about time that I brushed up on the earlier movies. Seeing that the "Empire Strikes Back' was one of my favourites I thought that it would be a good idea to start there.

I first saw Empire when I was about 12 years old. I remember standing in the queue with the rest of my family on opening day. I was incredibly excited to see the follow-up to the greatest movie that I'd ever seen!

My mother (who is not a scifi fan) asked my father in a loud voice what the camels were doing walking across the ice plains of Hoth (you know them as Imperial walkers)......my response was to deny that I knew the woman. How embarrassing!

So did I enjoy Empire 40+ years later? You bet I did! My son and I said all the lines before the actors did and we even loved the fake movements that many of the ships made through space and air. Back in the days the movie was made movement was created with cameras and models and not CGI.....

Empire touches us in so many ways. It was full of excitement, comedy, action and a love story between a scoundrel and a princess. The good guys were good and the bad guys were bad. How cool is that! I get tired of the modern movies and books that seem to think that everything needs to be grey.

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