Why Star Wars is not science fiction, and related matters…

Found this excellent article just by googling. This is a good read. It clearly explains why “star wars” is not science fiction but fantasy – more precisely “space fantasy”.

Simon Dillon Books


“Science Fiction is something that could happen – but usually you wouldn’t want it to. Fantasy is something that couldn’t happen, though often you only wish that it could.”

– Arthur C Clarke.

Has anyone else noticed how easily people get confused between fantasy and science fiction? Yes, these two kinds of storytelling are related and sometimes intermingle to a degree, but they are different genres.

I once explained the difference this way. In Star Trek, the Enterprise goes to warp speed because of some confusing gobbledegook about dilithium crystals, quantum tunnels, inertial dampeners and the warp drive. In Star Wars, the Millennium Falcon goes to light speed because it can. How it goes to light speed is utterly, utterly irrelevant in a story concerned with fairy tale themes.

Let’s be completely clear on this: Star Wars is not science fiction. It is fantasy; a fairy tale…

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6 responses

  1. It’s not even space fantasy, rather a soap opera.

    1. I have only watched one movie, but got lost. The only thing I remember is that I watched it.

      1. Credit where credit is due, it was great for 1979.

      2. Probably, I was not around back then.

      3. I was very, very young

      4. Anyway, even Lucas himself has stated SW is not SF.

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