The novelisation of The Phantom Menace, being episode one of the “Star Wars” film saga, comes in at number four on the fiction best selling list for 1999. Could that be down to “Star Wars” fans who were trying to find a little more… meaning to the film?
I always thought Tatooine, being Luke Skywalker’s home planet, from the “Star Wars” sci-fi saga, was pretty cool, for being in orbit around a binary star, but 30 Ari, or 30 Arietis, goes two better than that… it is a quadruple star, made up, that’s right, of four stars, and better still, is located just 136 light years from Earth.
The whole 4-star family is collectively known as 30 Ari, located some 136 light-years from Earth – in our interstellar backyard. The exoplanet orbits the primary star of the system once every 335 days. The primary star has a new-found binary partner (which the exoplanet does not orbit) and this pair are locked in an orbital dance with a secondary binary, separated by a distance of 1,670 astronomical unit (AU), where 1 AU is the average distance between the Earth and sun.
Obviously we wouldn’t be able to settle on this particular planet, but possibly it hosts a habitable forest moon, that a colony could be established on?
Before filmmakers were able to rely on CGI to create backdrops for some of the scenes they needed, artists used to paint matte pictures of the required vistas. Such works were used extensively throughout the original “Star Wars” trilogy of films for instance, and a collection of these images is featured here.
I knew some of the backdrops in these movies, such as this one by Frank Ordaz, were paintings, but didn’t realise just how many there actually were.
R2-D2 excels in areas where humans are deficient: deep computation, endurance in extreme conditions, and selfless consciousness. R2-D2 is a computer that compensates for human deficiencies – it shines where humans fail. C-3PO is the personification of the selfish human – cloying, rules-bound, and despotic. (Don’t forget, C-3PO let Ewoks worship him!) C-3PO is a factotum for human vanity – it engenders the worst human characteristics.
I think the commentary on Threepio is a tad harsh… a mixture of both may be the way to go.