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Speaking Truth to Power

The e-mails are pouring in, and wellnigh every single one of them agrees with

me about Star Wars.

Luc

as lost me right away at the very, very beginning, with “…in a galaxy

far away…” All galaxies are far away, exceedingly far away. The

nearest proper one (unless you count vague scraps, dwarves, clouds, and

clusters) is M31, and that’s

17,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles away. And with 100 billion or so stars to

choose from in our own galaxy, there was no need to place the story in

another galaxy anyway. The people who wrote this junk just didn’t know the

meaning of the word “galaxy.”

I’ll allow that Carrie Fisher was cute back in 1977. But then, so was I.

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