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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.
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.
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.
Lightsaber Variations
There are many different types of lightsaber, with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages in a fight.
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?
Star Wars Speculation: What Happens to Ahsoka...
Ahsoka Tano is Anakin Skywalker's apprentice in
Star Wars FAQ: Did Palpatine Throw the Fight...
Did Palpatine throw his duel with Mace Windu just to manipulate Anakin?
Never Be Outmaneuvered in Star Wars Trivia Again
Glossary of some common terms in the Star Wars universe and their meanings.
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.
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.
Star Wars Glossary: ABY & BBY
The terms. Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
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.
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?
Star Wars Glossary: Archaic Lightsaber
The archaic lightsaber, an early lightsaber design, was attached to a belt-mounted power pack.
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.
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.
Get to Know the Cylons of 'Battlestar Galactica'
'Battlestar Galactica' - Main Cast: The Cylons
Who Created Anakin Skywalker?
Did midi-chlorians create Anakin Skywalker, or was he created by the Sith?
Why Does Yoda Speak Backwards?
Why does Yoda talk backwards, anyway? Here are a few possible explanations.
Where Did Anakin's Unexplained Scar Come From?
Anakin has a scar over his eye in
Star Wars Glossary: Padawan
A Padawan was a Jedi apprentice, training one-on-one to become a Jedi Knight.
Princess Leia Organa Solo
A look at the biography of. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
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 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 Episode IV: A New Hope' (1977)
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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.
What's the difference between Sci-Fi and Fantasy?
What's the difference between Sci-Fi and Fantasy?
The 100 Rules All Ghosts Must Abide by in...
Rules Ghosts Have to Abide By in the Ghost Whisperer World. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Star Wars Glossary: Lightsaber
A lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi.
Mara Jade Skywalker
Mara Jade was an assassin for Emperor Palpatine before she became a Jedi Master and married Luke Skywalker.
Star Wars Glossary: The Force
The Force is an energy field that binds the galaxy together.
Star Wars Glossary: Jedi Master
Jedi Master was the highest rank in the Jedi Order, available only to the most exceptional Jedi.
War is the Dark Side's Weapon
Luke Skywalker defeated the Emperor when he refused to play by Sith rules.
Star Wars Glossary: Curved-hilt Lightsaber
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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.
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.
Yoda
Yoda was one of the greatest Jedi Masters who ever lived. He trained numerous Jedi, including Count Dooku and Luke Skywalker.
Star Wars Glossary: Dark Jedi
Dark Jedi are dark side users, neither Jedi nor Sith.
Luke Skywalker's Love Interests
Luke Skywalker has had a number of love interests in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi' (1983)
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Star Wars Glossary: Gray Jedi
Gray Jedi rejected both the Jedi and Sith Orders, embracing both the light and dark sides of the Force.
Star Wars Glossary: Double-bladed Lightsaber
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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 Glossary: Jedi Knight
A Jedi Knight has completed his Jedi training and is able to train apprentices of his own.
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.
Obi-Wan Kenobi
In the. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
Star Wars Glossary: Order 66
Order 66 required the Clone Troopers to turn against the Jedi and kill them.
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.
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.
The Emperor's Role in the Original Trilogy
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Star Wars Glossary: Battle of Yavin
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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.
What is Sci-Fi?
What is Sci-Fi? Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
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 Glossary: Jedi Mind Trick
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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.
What kinds of Sci-Fi are there?
What kinds of Sci-Fi are there? Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Star Wars Glossary: Training Lightsaber
A training lightsaber is protected by an electromagnetic field to keep young Jedi from injuring themselves.
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 III: Revenge of the Sith'...
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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.
The Return of Darth Maul
The Return of Darth Maul - The fan-favorite Sith Lord will be return, somehow, on 'The Clone Wars'
What Does "Science Fiction" Really Mean?
A survey of different authors' ideas of what science fiction is.
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.
Clone Wars vs. The Clone Wars
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Star Wars FAQ
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Star Wars characters, movies, and Expanded Universe.
'Doctor Who' - Essential Information
Essential Information about the Sci-Fi/Fantasy series 'Doctor Who'.
'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back'...
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Skywalker Family Tree
A look at the Skywalker family throughout the generations.
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: Darth
Darth is a title used by Sith at different times throughout the history of the Sith Order.
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.
Star Wars Glossary: Force Lightning
What exactly is Force lightning, and why do only Sith seem to use it?
Star Wars Glossary: Midi-chlorians
Midi-chlorians are microscopic organisms that give Jedi their power.
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 FAQ: Why Can't Aliens Speak English?
Why can't all aliens speak English in Star Wars? Some can, but just prefer not to.
What Does Disney's Purchase of Marvel Mean for...
Walt Disney Company's Purchase of Marvel Entertainment - What Does It Mean to You?
Star Wars FAQ: What is Emperor Palpatine's...
Emperor Palpatine may not have a first name, but if he does, George Lucas will never tell.
What's on This Week
What's on this week. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
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.
It's Official: 'Sanctuary' Is Closed
It's Official: 'Sanctuary' Is Closed - Syfy has finally announced the show's cancellation after months of limbo
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.
Greedo
Did Greedo really shoot first? Either way, this failed bounty hunter has an interesting history.
Ho, Hum: 'Avatar' Is the Top-Grossing Movie of...
The Secrets of Avatar's Success - Why Avatar Got to Be So Big.
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.
Star Wars Glossary: Youngling
A youngling, or Jedi initiate, is a child in the first stages of Jedi training.
Star Wars Glossary: Force Ghost
Some Jedi can become Force ghosts after death and communicate with the living.
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: Lightwhip
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Padmé Amidala
Biography and background information about Padmé Naberrie, queen and then senator of Naboo.
Darth Maul
Darth Maul, the Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious, defeated Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn on Naboo.
R2-D2 Blowout
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films. Page 6.
Main Cast - Who Plays the Companions?
Cast and Characters from Doctor Who - Who Plays the Doctors
Star Wars Glossary: Moff
The Moffs were sector governors during the time of the Empire.
Nathan Stark Disappears from 'Eureka' - For Good?
Did 'Eureka' just kill off perennial third wheel Nathan Stark?
C-3PO
The fussy protocol droid C-3PO and his counterpart R2-D2 are more than just comic relief in the Star Wars films.
Current Shows - What's Next
Next episodes of currently active Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV series.
The Workingest Actors in Sci-Fi
The Workingest Actors in Sci-Fi 2013 - Actors Playing the Most Roles in Sci-Fi 2013
Han Solo
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Star Wars Glossary: Great Jedi Purge
The Great Jedi Purge was Emperor Palpatine's campaign to eradicate the Jedi.
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.
Star Wars Character Profiles
List of important Star Wars characters and their biographies.
Force Traditions and Philosophies
A list of different organized Force traditions in the Star Wars universe, including Jedi, Sith, and more.
Star Wars Glossary: Rule of Two
The Rule of Two was the guiding principle of the Sith Order for over a thousand years.
'The Vampire Diaries' - Essential Information
Essential Information about the Sci-Fi/Fantasy series 'The Vampire Diaries'.
'Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones'...
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Different Shades of Snow White
Images of Various Incarnations of the Grimm Fairy Tale Heroine Snow White
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.
Syfy Films Draws 'Wild Cards'
George R.R. Martin's long-running anthology 'Wild Cards' will be adapted to film by collaborator Melissa Snodgrass
Star Wars Zombies
Zombies in Star Wars take several different forms, from hive mind-controlled insect workers to victims of a deadly virus.
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.
What's on This Week: Movies on TV
What's on this week. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
Review: 'Legacy of the Force'
Legacy of the Force is a continuation of the Expanded Universe's trend towards becoming “darker and edgier,”
Star Wars Glossary: Kriff
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Anger and Blame Surround SGU's Cancellation
Anger and Aftermath from Syfy's Ending 'Stargate Universe.' Does SGU still have a future?
Image Gallery: R2-D2
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films.
Review: Star Wars Legacy
Extremes, Part 3 , issue #50 of Star Wars: Legacy , marks the end of the popular comic series which began
The Many Faces of Christopher Heyerdahl
The Many Faces of Christopher Heyerdahl - Pictures of Christopher Heyerdahl in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Movies and Television. Page 7.
Star Wars Expanded Universe: The New Jedi Order
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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 Young Readers Novel Series
The Star Wars Expanded Universe contains several novel series for young readers spanning multiple generations.
Review: Star Wars Radio Dramas
Review of the Star Wars Original Trilogy, adapted for radio by Brian Daley.
'The Vampire Diaries' - Main Cast
Cast and Character Info for The CW Series 'The Vampire Diaries.'
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.
'Moonlight' - Essential Information
Essential Information about the Sci-Fi/Fantasy series 'Moonlight'.
Review: 'Lost Girl'
Review: 'Lost Girl' - Bo discovers a world of freaks like her -- and they aren't happy to see her
Review: 'Fantastic Voyage' by Isaac Asimov
'Fantastic Voyage' Review - Review of the Sci-Fi Novel 'Fantastic Voyage' by Isaac Asimov
Top 10 Sci-Fi / Fantasy Comedies
The top 10 sci-fi/fantasy films that are also successful comedies.
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.
Boba Fett
Star Wars fan favorite Boba Fett worked hard from a young age to become the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.
TV Listings Alphabetically, By Show
TV Listings Alphabetically by Title of Show
The End of 'Merlin'
The End of 'Merlin' - Contemplating the prospect of departing a very particular Camelot
Marvel Star Wars
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Overview of the Bantam Era of the Star Wars...
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Ewoks: The True Heroes of the Rebellion
Without the Ewoks, the Rebels could never have defeated the Empire at Endor and destroyed the Second Death Star.
'Ghost Whisperer' - Main Cast
Information about the cast of 'Ghost Whisperer.'
Star Wars Glossary: Nightsisters
The Nightsisters of Dathomir were exiled by the Dathomiri Force Witches for their use of the dark side. They allied with Sith such as Count Dooku, sharing influences and philosophies.
Jedi as Religion
Is Jedi a religion? The Jedi do have beliefs and practices which fit the characteristics of a religion.
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.
Book Review: 'Red Harvest' by Joe Schreiber
Red Harvest (2010) is Joe Schreiber 's follow-up to Death Troopers (2009), a Star Wars horror novel about
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.
Star Wars Glossary: Bacta
Bacta can heal almost any injury in the Star Wars universe.

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