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Old Science & Science Fiction Magazines & Star Wars...

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by Jayson, Feb 7, 2021.

  1. Jayson

    Jayson Resident Lucasian

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    I was doing some digging into old magazines (something I do sometimes to draw inspirations for my writing), and I just had to share three images that stood out to my Star Wars fan mind.

    It's no secret to nearly anyone that Lucas read Amazing Stories as well as various other science and science fiction magazines.

    What I think is specifically interesting here is how some things that were in such magazines, even going back to the 1920's, would end up uncannily close to things we would see in Star Wars.

    Note: I am not claiming these are what inspired the designs we see in Star Wars - it's more of just that I was reminded of things...and I can't really see a way that this stuff didn't at least have a passive cultural influence on what we ended up with.

    There were three specifically that I just had to share before I get back to my work...

    First up: A very interestingly familiar craft for desert travel - particularly interesting is the description paragraph.
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    Next up: "That's no moon..."
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    And lastly: This one just amused me to such great end!
    I almost felt like I could hear the argument Lucas was having with this mentality of society about the progress of technology and man in how he turned it from a wonderful thing as you see here in this spread, to what we see in Star Wars - where it's seen as a death trap devouring the soul of man.
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    If you want to look at more stuff and browse around yourself, these kinds of magazines are usually found online for free now.

    Both Electrical Experimenter and Science & Invention
    https://worldradiohistory.com/Electrical_Experimenter.htm

    Amazing Stories
    https://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/serial?id=amazingstories

    If you go magazine diving, feel free to use this thread to post more Star-Wars-like images you find as you flip the pages!

    Anyway, just some stuff I ran into while doing inspirational research...back to writing for me!

    Cheers,
    Jayson
     
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