I'd like to begin a new topic in order to contribute a little more to the group. Because I have such a large SW library going back to 1977, and because there are many younger members who may find something of interest in the old material, I decided to post something taken from that library once a week, complete with source info. I will do this regularly, but anyone who wants to add to the thread may do so. I ask that the information be quoted accurately, that the source be fully noted, and that the info should be fun and interesting. Here we go, with a section taken from my copy of Star Wars poster monthly #4, copyright 1977 by Paradise Press. Each issue was three articles on a folded large poster, and you could buy it for $1.50 a month. In #4, writer Anthony Fredrickson told all about how the Stormtroopers of the Empire were actually clones, 25 years before Episode II came out. "Origin. The creation of an Imperial Stormtrooper. A cloned man is one of a group of genetically identical humans, an assembly line product. He is a thinking man, but he serves a specific purpose and no other. A clone has no mother; only his trainers, and he accepts his fate because he believes it is inevitable. A clone is, physically and emotionally, a normal man. He simply has no human rights and no name. He is the property of the Emperor. Soldiers fully formed in the growth tanks quickly proved impractical. Scientists found themselves the befuddled fathers of one hundred sixty pound blubbering idiots. A fetus is now removed from the hatchery after a gestation period of sixty weeks and is delivered immediately into the hands of its trainers. Training. As kids, Stormtroopers live like hardened cell block inmates only barely under control. Hundreds of nasty little orphans with only one thing on their minds: the sheer unparalleled joy of a good raid. These boys know that they are special and they strut with the proud arrogance of samurai. Their military education is picked up as natually as an infant learns to talk, and any purpose other than their preordained future as commandos is inconceivable. By the time they are actually contracted into service, each trooper is anxious to fulfill his common lifelong ambition: to wear the Imperial armor, and to be carried away with the Star Fleet into incredible adventure and battle. Trainees are generally devoid of imagination, but after years of rough talk and stories of conflicts lost and won, individual temperaments emerge." The article goes on to discuss armor and equipment, promotion and duty. But the interesting thing is the info on the clones. Was that complete speculation by the magazine at the time, as I once thought, or did the folks at Lucasfilm supply some information?