Max explores the evolution of the science and technology of the Star Wars universe
Many people in Star Wars fandom are insistent on the fact that Star Wars is Science Fantasy as opposed to Science Fiction. I disagree. Even though the main story we were first presented with in 1977 deals with the mystical Jedi; it doesn’t negate the fact that Star Wars is set in a galaxy with remarkable science and technology.
Most of the (likely) quadrillions of sentients that live in the galaxy don’t rely on magic pixie dust to run their homes and get to their destinations. They use advanced science and technology. The Rise of Skywalker Visual Guide talked about the logistics of a lot of things and we learn that the First Order commonplace computers are quantum computers and Rey used a nano forge to repair Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber.
Here on Earth, quantum computers are considered the holy grail of computing and nanofabrication is something we are striving to achieve. This clearly shows that by the time of the Sequel Trilogy, that technology has seemed to have reached a plateau and the only breakthroughs being made are ways to make things bigger (think the Death Star) and more efficient (X-Wing model upgrades). So is technology stagnate in Star Wars and never changes throughout the centuries? The short answer is: No. The Star Wars galaxy has used faster than light travel for 25,000 years! By the times of Original Trilogy, the hyperdrive is as commonplace as an internal combustion engine. So where is the innovation? If you read the books as religiously as I do, you will see sprinkles of change.
Let’s start with the Old Republic. During the last 30 years before the events of “Master & Apprentice” (which takes place a few years before The Phantom Menace), the Czerka Corporation was attempting to create a hyperspace tunnel between two systems. This project was likely very difficult and remained elusive for many years. I bet a lot of scientists were focused on doing that as wells xenobiology with the discovery of new species. Physics has probably reached a standstill, but with chemistry and biology; the rate of progression is nearly endless; with new chemicals being synthesized all the time.
War is also very good at producing results and the magnitude and close timeframe of The Clone Wars and Galactic Civil War pushed progress in the design of more powerful weapons and smaller hyperdrives. From the beginning of The Clone Wars to the beginning of the First Order-Resistance War, snub fighters went from needing hyperdrive rings to make FTL jumps to TIE’s having their own hyperdrive. This clearly is a big leap and shows without a doubt, that even in a civilization as advanced as Star Wars; the possibility for discovery is unlimited.
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Max Nocerino is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter @MaxN2100 where he channels his passion frequently!
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