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Old 10-07-2019, 10:13 PM   #31
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I'd also note that Asimov didn't just read science fact columns. He had a degree in chemistry, specializing in biochemistry, and he got his master's in 1941 and his doctorate in 1948.
Asimov had a substantial secondary career writing science fact columns.

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I have always been perfectly content to say that Tatooine has, say 20% hydrosphere. It's easy to stereotype a planet when you never got more than a hundred miles away from the landing field. Tatooine is a planet that has a lot of desert. That's fine. It doesn't have to be all-desert.
On cases like these I tend towards charitable interpretations that people are talking casually when they refer to "desert planets" or "ice worlds" and that what they mean is the only interesting or useful parts of the planet are desert or ice.

An "ice world" might have a vibrant warm ocean ecology at the equator, but no land except at the poles.

A "desert world" might have oceans in areas too hot to live in, or at too high atmospheric pressure to live in easily, etc.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:40 AM   #32
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Asimov had a substantial secondary career writing science fact columns.
Yes, but that was quite some time after he made up Trantor. But he already had done graduate work before then.
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:52 PM   #33
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That doesn't actually answer the questions, though. I like both, too, but I don't look for ways to make SW more like ST, or vice verse, nor either more like B5. I didn't ask which you liked, but which you'd rather game in?

That said, I personally would much rather game in SW than ST. I've tried gaming in both, and found SW more my gaming speed than ST. I'd much rather be a plucky rebel computer-security systems slicer in a starfighter squadron than an exploration cruiser's science or engineering officer. It may be that ST is more your speed, and that's okay, too.
I see where youíre coming from. Someone suggested I RPG Star Trek but Iím more drawn to Star Wars. It had a huge influence on me as a child due to the action; something Star Trek lacked. I still liked watching it though.

From 2008-2010, I was obsessed with the possible applications of the Force so I was very much in sync with the primarily fantasy aspect. However in 2011, I became fascinated with futuristic science and for the last 3 years; Iíve become obsessed with integrating science into Star Wars. I know itís a poor fit but itís hard to stop my obsession. Iím currently on the highest level of psychiatric medicine for OCD which I was diagnosed with in 2012. So this is almost 9 years of manic behavior.
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Old 10-08-2019, 11:28 PM   #34
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From 2008-2010, I was obsessed with the possible applications of the Force so I was very much in sync with the primarily fantasy aspect. However in 2011, I became fascinated with futuristic science and for the last 3 years; Iíve become obsessed with integrating science into Star Wars. I know itís a poor fit but itís hard to stop my obsession. Iím currently on the highest level of psychiatric medicine for OCD which I was diagnosed with in 2012. So this is almost 9 years of manic behavior.
The science that best fits Star Wars is not futuristic science but some branches of 19th century science. Psychical research is obvious, but I would also point to vitalist biologyóthe idea that the functions of living organisms cannot be explained by physics and chemistry, but require the presence of a "life force." That idea's quite a close fit to the concept of the Force. You could also relate SW to the concept of qi in Taoist speculations about nature.
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