From TVO: BIG IDEAS - "Author Robert J. Sawyer explains how Hollywood’s approach to science fiction, starting with George Lucas’ Star Wars, has dulled the edge that made science fiction such a pertinent film genre. Sawyer dissects the problematic aspects of the original Star Wars film and shows how science fiction books continue to tackle difficult issues while their big screen counterparts take the easy road of big explosions and small ideas." - February 2008
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What will it mean to be human in the future? Uploading consciousness into virtual worlds and prolonging life through biotechnology are already being contemplated. Canada’s leading science fiction writer, Robert J. Sawyer, offers his insights in a lecture entitled Humanity 2.0, produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.
A travelling exhibition visiting the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney looks at the science of the popular film series, and how it relates to science in the real world.
This is the podcast of the movie, TV and genre website www.shadowlocked.com, featuring debate among our writers and guests, as well as occasional interviews. It may get silly, it may get serious…
Why did George Lucas hand The Empire Strikes Back to his old film-school professor Irvin Kirshner - hating the resultant footage - when he was supposedly the hottest and richest property in Hollywood? Is he really still living in 1977? And what spicy Star Wars tattoo does outspoken contributor and self-confessed ‘optimistic masochist’ Aaron Knier have on his body?
In this inaugural podcast for shadowlocked.com, founding editor Martin Anderson chats with Aaron about the glories, failings and fallacies of both the Star Wars prequels and their creator, George Lucas.