Jedi Conquer Britain

February 28, 2011 at 11:04 am | Posted in Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Well not quite, but they’re a close runner up, taking fourth place and posed for a comeback. According to the 2001 census, Jedi-ism is the fourth largest religion in the United Kingdom. This year the United Kingdom is conducting a new census, and according to The Times, various Facebook groups are urging even more people to put Jedi-ism as their religious faith. Will the isles elect a new preeminent faith? Will the Force prevail? You can read the article here and please feel free to discuss it on the forums.

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Savage Opress Unleashed on Free Comic Book Day

February 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Posted in Comic Books, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

From TOS.

The Dark Horse Comics blog recently announced that among the free comics up for grabs at stores on May 7, 2011, is a Star Wars: The Clone Wars story featuring the breakout Season Three villain, Savage Opress. The story will be bundled as a “flip cover,” with The Clone Wars on one side, and an Avatar: The Last Airbender story on the other. Below is a preview of the Opress story. For more details, visit the Free Comic Book Day website.

MTV Interview with Scott Allie – Details on ‘Jedi – The Dark Side’

February 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Comic Books | Leave a comment
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In an MTV interview, Dark Horse editor Scott Allie shed some light on the upcoming Qui-Gon Jinn comic series Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Geek: There’s not a lot about him in The Phantom Menace… What did you draw on for his character? Is there a big book all about him somewhere at Skywalker Ranch that you’re only allowed to read once? Or did you have the chance to bring your own nuance to his character?

SA: I read some of the YA novels with my son, but mostly I extrapolated backward from the movie. I’m not doing anything that’s not implied somewhere, in the first film or the expanded universe stuff, but there’s never been a look at the character like this. The novels he appears in are YA novels, for the most part, and focused on Obi Wan. This story takes place a while before that, and is targeted at a slightly older audience, the standard comics audience. So we get to deal with his weaknesses in a different way, his, shall we say, imperfect judgment, and the book really is all about him. This man will be one of the most revered Masters, with a special bond with the Force, and he’s the guy who insists on training the kid who will grow up to be the mass murdering Darth Vader. So I want to know who THAT GUY was when he was younger, when he was still determining his future, and when his emotions were not entirely in check.

Be sure to check out the full interview here, at mtv.com. Along with the interview is a preview of some of the art work.

Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side will be a five issue mini series. Issue one will be released on May 18, 2011.

Breaking News! Katee Sackhoff on The Clone Wars

February 24, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Star Wars News, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Katee Sackhoff who played Starbuck on the Sy Fy series “Battlestar Galactica” just tweeted that she is doing voice over work for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” today. The tweet came in at 9:10 PM. While we can’t claim it hasn’t been reported anywhere, a quick Google search leads me to believe we’ve scooped the story!

According to her Facebook page:

Katee Sackhoff
Did voice over work for #clonewars today! Such a great character! You guys are gonna freak!
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New Interview with FOTJ Cover Artist Ian Keltie

February 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Art, Books | Leave a comment
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Ian Keltie, the cover artist for the Fate of the Jedi series, was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us. Below is snippet from the interview, Ian commented on the new tone of Conviction and Ascension:

.                       An Ian Keltie creation

LucasFilms wanted the final three to stay in the style but look different from the previous six. The black background helps the darker feel. I think these final three are more what the Star Wars fans are used to rather than the earlier books. Personally my favorite covers are Outcast and Allies.

Check out the full interview here.

Final Mission: Space Shuttle Discovery to Launch Today

February 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Science News, Television | Leave a comment
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“Discovery, you are free of all time traveling stowaways and clear to launch.”

As a child of the 70s and early 80s I kind of grew up with the space shuttle program. I remember seeing the first test flights from Cape Canaveral in 1977 and 1978 that were little more than hauling this giant brick with tiny wings up into the sky on the back of a larger aircraft and dropping it just to see if it could even be flown like a plane. It had the same appeal as watching auto racing in that you were hoping for a win but a spectacular crash would have been just as much fun to watch. Sadly we found out the hard way that when such a vehicle crashes, it’s less spectacle and more of a national tragedy.

It has been 56 years since the first X-15, the precursor to the Space Shuttle and the technology around which it was built, was first built and flown by American astronaut and space pioneer Neil Armstrong.  Today’s launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery closes the door on this fantastic and sometimes tragic fleet of ships that revolutionized space travel and captured the imagination of several generations.

The shuttle launches today at 4:30 PM EST. The launch will be carried live on C-Span. Check your local cable listings for channel and times.

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For more information on today’s shuttle launch and the history of the program I would direct you to this article from Space.com.

More Star Wars Spotted at Toy Fair 2011

February 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

TOS reports from Toy Fair 2011. See a slideshow of all the latest Star Wars toys by clicking here.

Shadow Games Cover and Blurb

February 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Starwars.com has revealed the cover for Shadow Games!

You can also check out the newly released blurb at starwars.com.

Shadow Games, coauthored by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, is set to be released sometime in October 2011. The artist for the cover is Scott Biel. Feel free to discuss the new cover and blurb over on the forums.

Scientists Building Largest Antimatter Trap Ever

February 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Science News | Leave a comment

Live Science is reporting on their web site that a team of physicists at the University of California at San Diego, led by physicist Clifford Surko, are building the world’s largest electromagnetic trap for low energy positrons. The hope is that once the device is completed it will be able to hold several trillion antimatter particles. This would be a vast improvement in the current storage capabilities of the exotic particles.

"If this goes wrong we'll never know about it lads."

Antimatter having long been a staple in science fiction works, I thought it warranted mentioning on this blog. If memory serves me, Stephen Hawking discussed antimatter at length in his pop-physics classic A Brief History of Time. Antimatter is a positively charged electron, otherwise known as a positron. When a positron and an electron come into direct contact they annihilate each other. The result is a release of energy that is much larger that the sum of the energy in the combined particles. For this reason the potential for generating massive amounts of energy in a relatively small space has intrigued physicists and science fiction writers for decades. It is widely believed in the scientific community that harnessing the energy potential in antimatter will be vital to producing the energy necessary to further explore our solar system and our galactic neighborhood.

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Star War Super Bowl Commercial

February 21, 2011 at 2:00 am | Posted in Television | Leave a comment
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This adorable commercial ran recently during the Super Bowl.

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