Discussion in 'Literature' started by Max Nocerino, Dec 16, 2013.
"Food in a pill"
Insanely hard to get, plus useless in combat, because it essentially breaks when you run.
I wouldn't be surprised if those "pills" are just Tic-Tacs that Leia snuck into his lunchbox after that kiss in the infirmary. At least she gave him some marshmellows to go with his, uh, solid hot chocolate bar...
What the Rebels really needed on Endor were Crysis-style nanosuits. Maximum TROLL.
What about the Star Wars equivalent of Warp Drives or Light Speed Drives that travel at the speed of light in various degrees and speeds, which is very fast but extremely slow compared to Hyperdrives, or Phasers which are not Lasers or Blasters and have more power against shields but suck against armor, Star Wars has missed its chance by failing to show any use of light speed drives which would make exploring The Unknown Regions and the Deep Core easier if you could travel at slower speeds and lot courses without Hyperdrives going through tangled areas and getting turned off or not working properly, the lack of Phasers is illogical because they are more advanced and powerful than Laser weapons are, so they would be devastating in combat combined with other weapons.
Sublight drives have been portrayed as on the order of just over 1/10 the speed of light in the past. And the Aing-Tii (Vision of the Future novel) seem to use some other kind of drive- that allows instantaneous travel over interstellar distances without using hyperspace.
"Microjumps" (repeatedly jumping a relatively tiny distance at FTL speeds compared to the usual) are the best way to travel through a less well known area.
And "how powerful are turbolasers and how different are they from true lasers" is a long-standing debate on the Fleet Junkie thread- (with some books saying that the biggest are more powerful than all the world's nuclear weapons put together: 200+ gigatons), and some suggesting lower figures for comparable ship weapons: "pouring terajoules of light".
So we really don't know for sure if Blasters are more or less powerful than phasers- though there has been much debate and comparison.
It is called an Ion Cannon.
Breaking physics one way for travel at faster than light is usually enough . Also why bother with a drive that is so much slower to explore worlds that will also only again be able to be reached with the slower driver if you can just probe it with hyperspace probes until you find one that will get you there without the need for stasis or several decades/ centuries of travel?
No because they are TM of another franchise. You might just as well ask why they don't have teleporters and replicators in SW when they do in Star Trek.
The Force can sort of do teleportation (Aing Ti, and Rakata)- not sure if the Rakata teleporters require Force-users to manufacture, though, or if it was possible to reverse engineer them so non-Force users could make them:
Oh they also have Hypergates and fun stuff like this http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Magwit's_mystifying_hoop
They are just not the norm and certainly not "beaming"
The Gree for that matter even have replicators though they work very differently.
What kind of cryosleep technology have we seen? Not counting carbon-freezing, since that is not really meant to be used on humans
When is the earliest known use of solid looking holograms?
Actually it was. Then they stopped using it for thousands of years. Then Vader used it again - but with a specific facility that wasn't designed to use it on humans. Still worked though.
That sounds a bit uncreative from the authors
Possibly. It may have been an attempt to make Vader's action a bit less of a gamble by establishing a historical precedent.
That is a good point
I think it was Tales of the Jedi that introduced the idea of it being used for long-distance travel.
Even Lucas has included pre-TESB carbonite freezing (in the TCW series which he was heavily involved with).
Plus there's moments of circumstantial evidence - like Leia's knowledge that Han "has hibernation sickness" - which would be a bit odd if it had never been done before.
Yeah, I think the idea was that carbon freezing was an accepted means to chill people down for transport, but Bespin didn't have medical facilities designed for that, and Luke wouldn't have sat still for a medical carbon freeze, so Vader kit-bashed an industrial unit to do the job and then tested it on Solo to make sure that it wouldn't automatically kill the person.
But have we seen any other way to do it?
Tales of the Jedi mentions that the use of carbonite freezing for spacers put an end to generation ships, instead of having to make a ship where people lived on them and entire generations lived, procreated, and died while seeking new worlds, spacers could be frozen down and sent out to be defrosted when they reached their destination.
So obviously they had other means than; knock a guy into a pit and hit the switch before he can get out ;p
There's instances of it being used as a means of preserving the body after death as well, and of it being used to store animals and the like instead of the more expensive stasis fields that would have cost upkeep.
Just freeze something down and then you can unthaw it later as needed.
Have we seen any mechas?
Why don't we see more powered armour?
I'd argue that AT-AT's are close to mecha...but as far as power armour:
I think a mecha needs to be at least semi-humanoid to be a mecha, am I wrong on that?
I'm honestly not sure....I've seen people describe the semi-autonomous tanks in GHOST IN THE SHELL as mecha.
I've seen spider-like vehicles described as mecha. I don't know that there's an "official" definition, and if you look at things in properties like Battletech, which are considered mecha, not all of them are humanoid.
To me mecha is (usually) a sub-group to the vehicle type 'walkers' (in which AT-At's and GitS's spider-tanks belong)
What kind of power-armours have we seen?
Have we seen any other cryosleep technology beside carbonite freezing?
Have we seen any technological development regarding the Kel Dor's antiox breath mask?
Onscreen, Boba Fett's armour has been described as "powered" in tie-in material.