Sunday, November 20, 2011

Images from The Star Wars Expanded Universe

Sunday night! Crazy NASCAR race going on now, hoping for Tony Stewart to pull off winning another championship. (Update: Tony Stewart has won the NASCAR title with an unreal display of driving skill and balls. Very happy for him.)

Not doing homework tonight, short week and things will probably be all over the place market wise. I wanted to take a break and enjoy the holiday week. Only working Monday and Tuesday. Tell what your plans are in the comments section.

Images from The Star Wars Expanded Universe
It's always fun to put up some images from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I just go the new Darth Revan book in last week and cannot wait to read it. The Expanded Universe is a rich and well developed arc of many stories. Star Wars is not just the 6 movies.

The ancestral home of the Sith was on the planet Korriban. The most sacred burial ground for Sith Lords was here, The Valley of the Dark Lords:

In the game "The Knights of the Old Republic" there is a really great ship called The Star Forge that takes energy from stars and makes an armada of ships and droids from the material it takes in. Novel idea:

Luke Skywalker's wife, Mara Jade, was actually killed off in a plot line! A picture of the funeral:

A Chiss Clawcraft:

The Mirakula blind force user, Visas Marr:

Lightsabers require Adegan Crystals to work and they are found on the planet IIlum. Sith prefer synthetic red crystals. Here is a shot of the Crystal Caves on that planet:

After her brother Jacen fell to the Darkside of the Force, Jaina Solo was forced to fight him to the death and did:

Anakin Skywalker vs Asajj Ventress. This fight is how Anakin gets the scar around his eye:

Have a good night.


Jennifer Hillier said...

Fun post! I never knew Luke had a wife named Mara. Cool pictures.

(Notice how I have refrained from making fun of you being a Star Wars nerd...)

David Batista said...

I only read the books as far as Kevin J. Anderson's takes, then I had to stop because it was just getting too much for me. But, damn! I didn't know Mara had been killed off. I liked her!

I did go back briefly to read Alan Dean Foster's more recent stab at the prequel universe in The Approaching Storm. It was pretty good, but then he's my favorite SF author of all time! True story.

Cool artwork, btw. Makes me nostalgic for that universe again . . .

EconomicDisconnect said...

Thanks you two!

GawainsGhost said...

My favorite SF novel is Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein. I ate his books up as a kid. Red Planet, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Tunnel in the Sky, those were some great reads.

Heinlein is my favorite modern author after Tolkein. But I've always had a fondness for Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and several poets like Frost, Cummings and Yeats. Oh, and Mason Williams. An interesting poet, he used to write for the Smothers Brothers. Mason Williams' Reading Matter was the
first book of poetry I read.

I ought to scan a copy of his Cristmas Tree poem and email it to you. It will blow you mind.

I never read the Star Wars books, but then I never read the Star Trek books either. These are mostly flights of fancy.

Heinlein was the best though. The water bed was invented by some guy who read Stranger in a Strange Land, you know.

David Batista said...

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of my favorite SF books of all time--TANSTAAFL!

I read Stranger in a Strange Land when I was 14 and didn't much care for it. But then I reread it in college and found it brilliant! Funny how a few years changes everything.

GawainsGhost said...

I'm starting to buy in to your robot paranoia, GYC. Read this:

Quarter-sized robots walking on toothpicks mimicking ant behavior? That's just a little too weird.

But I will say this about social insects, like bees, wasps, ants. These are incredibly complex creatures.

Did you know that when you see a nest of wasps they're all sisters?

Yep, there's a queen and her daughters who nurse the eggs. The males are only used for reproductive purposes.

Unlike a bee, which dies after a sting because the stinger pulls its guts out, a wasp can sting over and over again.

I remember when I was a kid there were some wasps getting water from the pool. So we splashed and killed them. Next thing you know, there were like a dozen wasps patrolling the pool while others got water. That's highly intelligent behavior.

My favorite though is the leaf cutter ant, also known as parasol ants because they carry leaves over their heads like umbrellas. Believe me, these guys can destroy landscaping.

Get this. They have a caste society. There's a queen, usually about 50 feet below ground, who lays eggs. There are nurses who feed and nurture the larva. Then there are workers who build tunnels and collect leaves. There are ants who climb trees and cut off leaves; there are ants who collect these leaves and carry them back to the nest; and there are ants who mulch the leaves into a compost and then plant mushroom spores. The entire colony feeds off the mushrooms grown underground. Insect farming, can you wrap your mind around that?

It's extremely difficult to kill a colony of these ants, because they've built an enormous network of nests and tunnels deep underground, while ravaging all the plants. They build a volcano-like mound from the dirt they've dug up, and there are literally thousands of ants, coming and going, clipping off leaves and carrying them back. It's an amazingly complicated social structure.

And now they got robots mimicking these guys? That's scary.

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