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Science of Star Wars An Astrophysicist's Independent Examination of Space Travel, Aliens, Planets, and Robots as Portrayed in the Star Wars Films and Books

ISBN-10: 0312263872
ISBN-13: 9780312263874
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Jeanne Cavelos
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Description: Former NASA astrophysicist Jeanne Cavelos examines the scientific possibility of the fantastical world ofStar Wars. She explains to non-technical readers how the course of science might soon intersect with such fantasies as interstellar travel,  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 5/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Former NASA astrophysicist Jeanne Cavelos examines the scientific possibility of the fantastical world ofStar Wars. She explains to non-technical readers how the course of science might soon intersect with such fantasies as interstellar travel, robots capable of thought and emotion, habitable alien planets, bizarre intelligent life forms, high-tech weapons and spacecraft, and advanced psychokinetic abilities.She makes complex physics concepts, like quantum mechanics, wormholes, and Einstein's theory of relativity both fascinating and easy to comprehend. The Science of Star Warsdoes for Star Wars what Lawrence Krauss's bestsellingThe Physics of Star Trekdid for the Star Trek universe. Cavelos answers questions like: * How might spaceships like the Millennium Falcon make the exhilarating jump into hyperspace? * Could a single blast from the Death Star destroy an entire planet? * How close are we to creating robots that look and act like C-3PO and R2-D2? * Could light sabers possibly be built, and if so, how would they work? * DoStar Warsaliens look like "real" aliens might? * What kind of environment could spawn a Wookie? * What would living on a desert planet like Tatooine be like? * Why does Darth Vader require an artificial respirator? * Can we access a "force" with our minds to move objects and communicate telepathically with each other?

Before becoming an author, Jeanne Cavelos was an astrophysicist and mathematician, who taught astronomy at Michigan State University and Cornell University and worked in the Astronaut Training Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center. She decided to go into publishing and earned a MFA in creative writing. As senior editor of Bantam Doubleday Dell, she was the head of the science fiction/fantasy publishing program and created the Abyss imprint of psychological horror, for which she won the World Fantasy Award. In 1994, she decided to become a full-time author. She has written The Science of Star Wars, The Science of the X-Files, and The Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy set in the Babylon 5 universe as well as short fiction, essays, and reviews. She also runs the full-service freelance company Jeanne Cavelos Editorial Services, which provides editing, ghostwriting, consulting, and critiquing services. She is the director of Odyssey, an annual summer workshop for fantasy, science fiction, and horror writers, and teaches writing and literature at Saint Anselm College.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Planetary Environments
Aliens
Droids
Spaceships and Weapons
The Force
Afterword
Recommended Reading
Index

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