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Subject: Star Wars -- Fantasy or Scifi?
Date Posted: 5/9/2009 9:41 PM ET
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I have gone back and forth on this subject with myself, so I am wondering what do you all classify it as?

On one hand, it has all the mystical, martial art'yness, swords, etc of a classic fantasy.

On the other hand, it has HUGE technological engines of death capable of wiping out entire planets. Spaceships, hyperspace, blackholes, etc, etc.

I've gone with fantasy myself overall I guess.

 

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 10:09 AM ET
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I could never decide and just consider it both, lol.  I would lean more towards fantasy though, mostly because of the Jedi elements.

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 3:00 PM ET
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lol......I'd say absolutely  sci fi, because of all the technology.

Fantasy, to me, is more "medieval," none of the computers, space ships, etc etc. Just plain old magic......

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 4:04 PM ET
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Hmm, maybe more of a "futuristic fantasy" now that I think about it?  Its really hard to classify.  I wouldn't consider it strictly sci-fi though.

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Date Posted: 5/11/2009 9:58 PM ET
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Back in the old days the powers that be (think library or bookstore classification systems) used to intermingle the two genres and I think they both have always had a lot of overlap in content: I've always called it Scifantasy.  I always have to run book searches in both genres to find stuff I like.  But my reasoning is that while science fiction is often fantasy, in the sense that it reaches beyond what technology humanity has discovered or developed or beyond what is supposedly possible, fantasy is not usually scifi:  I think the element of earth magic or talking cats,  or mind reading, magic closets or (now that vampire/horror is now also included in the category) the existance of some other special abilities precludes that.  The main thing that both mostly have is a study or  sociological exploration.  An alien or different culture, or a future culture that has its behaviors and mores and the book characters exist and function and learn to adapt within this society.  And in Star Wars the culture is far away and long ago but we still learn about how folks behave and interact with the intersection of other cultures, and using technology and using Jedi 'magic'.  So I call it Scifantasy.

Date Posted: 5/12/2009 9:09 AM ET
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Good point Linda.  The bookstores and libraries usually have them all mixed in on the same shelf, so apparently they don't see a difference, lol.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 3:00 PM ET
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I think I have heard both sci fi and fantasy, as well as paranormal all clasified under the umbrella term speculative fiction a lot lately.

 

Mike

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 9:38 PM ET
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Linda, way to be all things to all readers :-D

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Date Posted: 5/16/2009 6:06 PM ET
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I consider it fantasy, maybe a sub-genre like Space Fantasy.  The only thing I have against calling it Science Fiction is there is no science in it... they never explain how they could build a laser powerful enough to destroy a planet, or how Hyperspace engines work, or how a lightsaber blade conveniently just stops about two meters out from the hilt... ;)

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 4:53 PM ET
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...they never explain....how a lightsaber blade conveniently just stops about two meters out from the hilt...

technically, they do. I don't remember exactly what book it was in, but something to do with the shape and size of the crystal in the handle.

Of course, you are right, they REALLY don't explain it :-) Kind of like saying a car runs because of the engine under the hood. Technically correct, but not really.

The only thing I have against calling it Science Fiction is there is no science in it

Fantastic point! and a very telling one too...

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 12:33 AM ET
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I would say Fantasy.  I love Star Wars and hate Star Trek... why?    Star Wars is Fantasy... Star Trek is Sci Fi.

I agree with the no real science behind any of the cool stuff....kind of like magic in a way.

I have heard people call it a Western set in space, which is kind of true.  I think the Space Fantasy is a lot better.