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Star Wars FAQ: What Do Those Lightsaber Colors...
What do lightsaber colors mean? In the movies, not much -- but the Expanded Universe explores this idea in interesting ways.
3 Famous Star Wars Quotes (That Were Never Said)
Often, it's the Star Wars misquotes that become ingrained in popular culture. At least 3 of the most famous Star Wars quotes are actually not what you think.
What's the Best Order to Watch the Star Wars...
The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy takes place before the Original Trilogy, but was released after it. So which trilogy should you watch first?
7 Forms of Lightsaber Combat
The seven forms of lightsaber combat were detailed in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. They describe the different styles of fighting seen in the Star Wars films and other media.
Why Does Yoda Speak Backwards?
Why does Yoda talk backwards, anyway? Here are a few possible explanations.
Star Wars FAQ: How Many Clone Troopers Are There?
How many clone troopers fought in the Clone Wars? The Expanded Universe says three million -- but there are many problems with that figure.
Star Wars FAQ: How Did Han Solo Make the Kessel...
The parsec is a unit of distance, not time -- so why did Han Solo claim to have made the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs?
Who Created Anakin Skywalker?
Did midi-chlorians create Anakin Skywalker, or was he created by the Sith?
Learn How to Curse in the Star Wars Universe
The Star Wars films and Expanded Universe feature many invented swear words, allowing writers to make the intended meaning clear while keeping the works PG.
Where Did Anakin's Unexplained Scar Come From?
Anakin has a scar over his eye in
Lightsaber Variations
There are many different types of lightsaber, with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages in a fight.
Star Wars FAQ: Did Palpatine Throw the Fight...
Did Palpatine throw his duel with Mace Windu just to manipulate Anakin?
Star Wars Speculation: What Happens to Ahsoka...
Ahsoka Tano is Anakin Skywalker's apprentice in
Star Wars FAQ: Is Star Wars Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
Is Star Wars sci-fi or fantasy? Maybe it's a little of both.
Jedi Ranks
Jedi progress through up to four ranks as part of their training.
Never Be Outmaneuvered in Star Wars Trivia Again
Glossary of some common terms in the Star Wars universe and their meanings.
How Can Leia Possibly Remember Her Mother?
How can Leia remember her mother when Padmé died in childbirth? The answer may lie in Leia's Force-sensitivity.
Can I Give You a Hand With That?
In the Star Wars movies, lightsaber fights often end with someone losing a hand. Here's a list of every instance of chopped-off limbs.
How Did Anakin Skywalker Become Darth Vader?
Anakin Skywalker was one of the most powerful Jedi who ever lived. Raised as a slave on the desert planet Tatooine, he was discovered as a young boy and trained as a Jedi by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Star Wars FAQ: Why Can't Jedi Marry?
Why are Jedi in the Prequel Trilogy forbidden to fall in love or get married? As it turns out, this wasn't always the case.
Does Earth Exist in the Star Wars Universe?
Does Earth exist in the Star Wars universe? An unlikely connection between Star Wars and E.T. suggests that it does.
Star Wars Glossary: ABY & BBY
The terms. Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Star Wars FAQ: Where did the Clone Army Come...
In Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the existence of the clone army is a mystery to the characters. What's the truth behind the army's creation?
Get to Know the Cylons of 'Battlestar Galactica'
'Battlestar Galactica' - Main Cast: The Cylons
Star Wars Glossary: Padawan
A Padawan was a Jedi apprentice, training one-on-one to become a Jedi Knight.
Star Wars FAQ: Why do Jedi Disappear When They...
Why do Jedi disappear when they die? As it turns out, not all of them do.
Star Wars Glossary: The Force
The Force is an energy field that binds the galaxy together.
Star Wars FAQ: How Many Jedi Survived the Great...
The Great Jedi Purge began with Order 66, Palpatine's directive to the Clone Army to wipe out their Jedi commanders.
Princess Leia Organa Solo
A look at the biography of. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
Star Wars Glossary: Gray Jedi
Gray Jedi rejected both the Jedi and Sith Orders, embracing both the light and dark sides of the Force.
What's the difference between Sci-Fi and Fantasy?
What's the difference between Sci-Fi and Fantasy?
Star Wars FAQ: In What Order Should I Read the...
The Star Wars Expanded Universe is so big that you may not know where to start. Here are some tips for reading through the EU.
Chart of Master & Apprentice Relationships in...
Master/apprentice relationships in Star Wars can get quite complicated. Here are some charts to help work them out.
Special Edition Changes in Star Wars: Episode...
George Lucas made a number of changes to the 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' Special Edition. Read about what's different and why it matters.
Star Wars Recipes: Blue Milk
Bantha milk -- commonly known as blue milk -- first appears in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope when
Star Wars Character Profile: Mace Windu
Mace Windu was one of the most powerful Jedi Masters and one of the most skilled lightsaber fighter in the history of the Jedi. He's also played by Samuel L. Jackson.
Star Wars Glossary: Archaic Lightsaber
The archaic lightsaber, an early lightsaber design, was attached to a belt-mounted power pack.
Luke Skywalker's Love Interests
Luke Skywalker has had a number of love interests in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Mara Jade Skywalker
Mara Jade was an assassin for Emperor Palpatine before she became a Jedi Master and married Luke Skywalker.
The 100 Rules All Ghosts Must Abide by in...
Rules Ghosts Have to Abide By in the Ghost Whisperer World
Star Wars FAQ: How Can Han Solo Not Believe in...
If the Prequels take place only 20 years before the Original Trilogy, how can characters dismiss the Force and the Jedi as an
R2-D2
The eccentric droid R2-D2 served as a mechanic for several generations of the Skywalker family.
Yoda
Yoda was one of the greatest Jedi Masters who ever lived. He trained numerous Jedi, including Count Dooku and Luke Skywalker.
Obi-Wan Kenobi
In the. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' (1977)
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War is the Dark Side's Weapon
Luke Skywalker defeated the Emperor when he refused to play by Sith rules.
Top 10 Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Theme Songs
A list of the Top 10 most memorable sci-fi / fantasy TV theme songs.
Star Wars Glossary: Lightsaber
A lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi.
Star Wars Glossary: Jedi Master
Jedi Master was the highest rank in the Jedi Order, available only to the most exceptional Jedi.
'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith'...
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History of the Expanded Universe
The Star Wars Expanded Universe consists of all official Star Wars media outside Episodes I through VI. It covers 5,000 years and contains hundreds of characters over the course of many novels, comics, television series, and other media.
R2-D2 Blowout
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films. Page 6.
What is Sci-Fi?
What is Sci-Fi? Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
Star Wars Glossary: Jedi Mind Trick
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What Star Wars is About: The Cyclical Struggle...
What is Star Wars really about? That's a heavy question. To George Lucas, it's really about Anakin's story, his fall to darkness and return to light. Considering the Expanded Universe, however, it becomes a story about the cyclical struggle between good and evil.
Skywalker Family Tree
A look at the Skywalker family throughout the generations.
'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi' (1983)
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Luke Skywalker Bio
In the Star Wars Original Trilogy, Luke Skywalker is a farm boy who must fulfill his destiny and become a Jedi Knight.
Star Wars Glossary: Darth
Darth is a title used by Sith at different times throughout the history of the Sith Order.
Star Wars Glossary: Sith
What are the Sith? An explanation of the Sith and the history of the Sith Order in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Star Wars Glossary: Dark Jedi
Dark Jedi are dark side users, neither Jedi nor Sith.
Star Wars Universe Timeline
Timeline of the Old Republic and Rise of the Empire eras of Star Wars, which covers the prequel trilogy and several thousand years before it.
Star Wars Glossary: Jedi Knight
A Jedi Knight has completed his Jedi training and is able to train apprentices of his own.
Clone Wars vs. The Clone Wars
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Star Wars Glossary: Order 66
Order 66 required the Clone Troopers to turn against the Jedi and kill them.
Star Wars Glossary: Curved-hilt Lightsaber
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What Does "Science Fiction" Really Mean?
A survey of different authors' ideas of what science fiction is.
Star Wars Glossary: Jedi
What are the Jedi? An explanation of the Jedi and history of the Jedi Order in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus)
Count Dooku is one of the few Jedi Masters to ever leave the Jedi Order. His disillusion with the Jedi and the Republic led him to become a Sith.
'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back'...
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Star Wars Glossary: Midi-chlorians
Midi-chlorians are microscopic organisms that give Jedi their power.
Star Wars Glossary: AT-AT (All Terrain Armored...
AT-ATs, or Imperial walkers, are imposing armored machines that threaten to crush all in their path.
Star Wars Glossary: Double-bladed Lightsaber
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Star Wars FAQ
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Star Wars characters, movies, and Expanded Universe.
Star Wars Glossary: Youngling
A youngling, or Jedi initiate, is a child in the first stages of Jedi training.
Padmé Amidala
Biography and background information about Padmé Naberrie, queen and then senator of Naboo.
More Machine than Man
Darth Vader's suit helped make him an iconic sci-fi villain. But the suit is more than a way to make Vader scary; it's a symbol of Vader's isolation from humanity and slavery to the dark side.
Current Shows - What's Next
Next episodes of currently active Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV series.
Carson Beckett: Don't Kill Off the Fan Favorites
The demise of popular Scottish doctor Carson Beckett late in season 3 of Stargate Atlantis infuriated fans, and not all are satisfied with the producers' hesitant response.
Star Wars Glossary: Force Ghost
Some Jedi can become Force ghosts after death and communicate with the living.
Star Wars Glossary: Force Lightning
What exactly is Force lightning, and why do only Sith seem to use it?
Tatooine
Profile of the planet Tatooine, home of both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, and its significance in the Star Wars universe.
The Return of Darth Maul
The Return of Darth Maul - The fan-favorite Sith Lord will be return, somehow, on 'The Clone Wars'
Image Gallery: R2-D2
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films.
What kinds of Sci-Fi are there?
What kinds of Sci-Fi are there? Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Force Traditions and Philosophies
A list of different organized Force traditions in the Star Wars universe, including Jedi, Sith, and more.
A Jedi Shall Not Know Love
The Jedi Order could have prevented Anakin's fall to the dark side, if only they prepared him for how to deal with loss.
'Doctor Who' - Essential Information
Essential Information about the Sci-Fi/Fantasy series 'Doctor Who'.
Overview of the Bantam Era of the Star Wars...
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Ho, Hum: 'Avatar' Is the Top-Grossing Movie of...
The Secrets of Avatar's Success - Why Avatar Got to Be So Big.
What Does Disney's Purchase of Marvel Mean for...
Walt Disney Company's Purchase of Marvel Entertainment - What Does It Mean to You?
Darth Maul
Darth Maul, the Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious, defeated Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn on Naboo.
Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon Jinn trained Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Jedi and discovered how to survive in the Force after death.
'Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones'...
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It's Official: 'Sanctuary' Is Closed
It's Official: 'Sanctuary' Is Closed - Syfy has finally announced the show's cancellation after months of limbo
Nathan Stark Disappears from 'Eureka' - For Good?
Did 'Eureka' just kill off perennial third wheel Nathan Stark?
Han Shot First
Han Shot First is a common fan complaint about the Star Wars Special Editions. George Lucas explains that he didn't want Han Solo to be an antihero.
Star Wars Glossary: Protocol Droid
Protocol droids are programmed for etiquette and protocol. They help aliens of various cultures in the Star Wars universe to interact without diplomatic incidents.
Review: 'Legacy of the Force'
Legacy of the Force is a continuation of the Expanded Universe's trend towards becoming “darker and edgier,”
Review: Star Wars Legacy
Extremes, Part 3 , issue #50 of Star Wars: Legacy , marks the end of the popular comic series which began
The Emperor's Role in the Original Trilogy
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X-wing starfighters
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films. Page 8.
Star Wars Glossary: Shoto
A shoto is a short lightsaber. It can be used as a primary weapon by short Jedi or as an off-hand weapon.
Special Edition Changes in 'Star Wars Episode...
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Heroes: Characters and Cast
Who are the characters on Heroes? What drives them? A look at the main roles on Heroes and the actors who play them, as well as some of the key guest roles.
Han Solo
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Star Wars Glossary: Lightwhip
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Star Wars Glossary: Kriff
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10 Unusual Covers of the Star Wars Theme
Many musicians have put their own spin on the famous theme music from Star Wars. Here are ten variations with different instruments, in surprising musical styles.
Star Wars Glossary: Training Lightsaber
A training lightsaber is protected by an electromagnetic field to keep young Jedi from injuring themselves.
Main Cast - Who Plays the Companions?
Cast and Characters from Doctor Who - Who Plays the Doctors
Star Wars Glossary: The Unifying Force
Jedi who adhere to the Unifying Force believe in the importance of visions and that the dark side comes from within.
Review: 'Lost Girl'
Review: 'Lost Girl' - Bo discovers a world of freaks like her -- and they aren't happy to see her
Main Cast - Who Plays the Doctors?
Cast and Characters from Doctor Who - Who Plays the Doctors
Star Wars FAQ: Why Can't Aliens Speak English?
Why can't all aliens speak English in Star Wars? Some can, but just prefer not to.
Star Wars Zombies
Zombies in Star Wars take several different forms, from hive mind-controlled insect workers to victims of a deadly virus.
The Anzati: Star Wars Vampires
The Anzati are vampire-like aliens who consume their victims' life force.
Greedo
Did Greedo really shoot first? Either way, this failed bounty hunter has an interesting history.
Endor Holocaust
The Endor Holocaust theory suggests that the explosion of the second Death Star destroyed all life on Endor. While this could be supported by science, it is not supported by Star Wars canon.
R2-D2 and C-3PO
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films. Page 5.
Star Wars Glossary: Clone Wars
The Clone Wars was a major conflict which led to the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Galactic Empire.
Chewbacca the Wookiee
Chewbacca the Wookiee was Han Solo's copilot, partner, and friend in the Star Wars movies and Expanded Universe.
The End of 'Merlin'
The End of 'Merlin' - Contemplating the prospect of departing a very particular Camelot
Star Wars Glossary: Telekinesis
Telekinesis, or moving objects with the Force, has several applications both in and out of battle. Darth Vader uses it to choke Imperial officers, and Yoda uses it to retrieve Luke's X-wing from the swamp.
Fox Cancels 'Past Life': What Went Wrong?
After a sharp falloff in ratings following the pilot, the new series Past Life has been ended after the airing of only three episodes.
Star Wars Expanded Universe: The New Jedi Order
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Star Wars Young Readers Novel Series
The Star Wars Expanded Universe contains several novel series for young readers spanning multiple generations.
Star Wars Glossary: Moff
The Moffs were sector governors during the time of the Empire.
Star Wars Glossary: Rule of Two
The Rule of Two was the guiding principle of the Sith Order for over a thousand years.
Star Wars Glossary: Battle of Yavin
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Doctor Who: Characters, Cast and Creators
Meet the cast and characters of Doctor Who, as well as the people involved in making the show, with links to in-depth character, actor, and creator profiles.
Christopher Tolkien's map of the Shire
Maps of Middle-earth. Sci-Fi / Fantasy. Page 2.
Star Wars Glossary: Potentium
The philosophy of the Potentium taught that the Force was inherently good. The Jedi saw this as a dangerous idea that led to the dark side.
C-3PO
The fussy protocol droid C-3PO and his counterpart R2-D2 are more than just comic relief in the Star Wars films.
Anger and Blame Surround SGU's Cancellation
Anger and Aftermath from Syfy's Ending 'Stargate Universe.' Does SGU still have a future?
TV Listings Alphabetically, By Show
TV Listings Alphabetically by Title of Show
Different Shades of Snow White
Images of Various Incarnations of the Grimm Fairy Tale Heroine Snow White
Star Wars Glossary: Imperial Knights
The Imperial Knights serve the Fel Emperor, which made some Jedi believe they don't really serve the Force.
Star Wars Glossary: Great Jedi Purge
The Great Jedi Purge was Emperor Palpatine's campaign to eradicate the Jedi.
C-3PO and R2-D2
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films. Page 2.
Game of Thrones Renewed for Season 4
Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.© HBOOnly two episodes into season 3, HBO's Game of Thrones has been enthusiastically renewed for a fourth run
Star Wars Novelizations: 'The Empire Strikes...
It takes no small talent to start with the best of the Star Wars films and turn it into something boring,
'The Vampire Diaries' - Main Cast
Cast and Character Info for The CW Series 'The Vampire Diaries.'
New Hardcovers: Jun 24-Jul 1, 2013
This Week's New Hardcovers (Jun 24-Jul 1, 2013): New releases in science-fiction and fantasy, including The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz by Dan Simmons, Tom Kidd, The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski, The World of the End by Ofir Touché Gafla, The Last Full Measure by Jack Campbell, The Mutatus Procedure by John David Krygelski, Golden Girl by Sarah Zettel, The Goliath Stone by Larry Niven, Matthew Joseph Harrington.
The Role of Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars...
Jar Jar Binks is a controversial character whom many Star Wars fans dislike. However, he plays an important role in the Star Wars story.
What's on This Week
What's on this week. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
Mon Mothma
Mon Mothma was a Republic Senator, leader in the Rebel Alliance, and Chief of State of the New Republic.
Star Wars Novelizations: 'Attack of the Clones'...
Clocking in at 353 pages, R.A. Salvatore's novelization of Episode II: Attack of the Clones  is about
Star Wars Glossary: AT-ST
The AT-ST, or All-Terrain Scout Transport, was faster than the AT-AT, but could still be taken down by a band of Ewoks with sticks.

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