The Last Jedi introduced to some weird and wonderful new creatures, from the wonderful porgs to the slightly weirder Thala-sirens. Luckily, for the Thala-sirens, cuteness is not the only criterion for inclusion in the Star Wars universe. These large marine mammals native to Ahch-To might not be great beauties, but they are apparently a very … Continue reading Turgid, Tumescent Thala-sirens
The last thing I remember, before waking up in the hut, was tripping on one of the primitive stone steps. It was starting to get dark, so I decided to return to the Bulabird for the night. Turns out, walking down the stone staircase was more precarious than walking up. When I awoke, I found … Continue reading Report from the Field: the Lanais
Myths define cultures. “Myth” refers to stories that a culture tells to explain aspects of their culture, history, or society. The way we think about different aspects of our lives are still affected by ancient myths. For example, the Edenic myth, the story of Adam and Eve, still influences the way some think about snakes. … Continue reading “Tails” from the GFFA: The Phantom Menace
Creatures have always held a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans. Dewbacks, wampas, and even rathtars have all upstaged humans from time to time in various Star Wars scenes. But would you want a wampa as a pet? And come to think of it, are there pets in Star Wars? It's an … Continue reading A Being’s Best Friend: Pets in the Star Wars Galaxy
What can the swamp biome of Dagobah teach us about how we interact with the Force? As an entirely wild, untouched planet, Dagobah provides an arena for our characters to test themselves, to face their insecurities, and to be forced to become better for themselves. This happened for both Luke and Yoda, whose experiences on … Continue reading Nature of the Force II: Dagobah
Introduction As explorers have pushed out from the core worlds, they have increasingly encountered species either unknown or poorly documented within the research literature. Most often this is due to the relative isolation of the planets where the species occurs - for example, little research has been done on the wampas of Hoth because the … Continue reading Sarlaccs: The Nature of the Beast
“Save the Whales!” A statement that has become synonymous with the environmental movement itself. Movements to protect whales from the perils of the commercial whaling industry were at the forefront of the early environmental movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s, embraced by such big-name groups as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation. The work of … Continue reading Do the Space Whales Need Saving? The Purrgil and Conservation.
The crystal foxes, or vulptex, of Crait are a fascinating example of a familiar species combined with a very unfamiliar design element. At first glance they might seem altogether fantastical and unrealistic, but if we look closely we may find similarities to more familiar animals from our planet that may help us understand this galactic … Continue reading Vulptex and Its Amazing Salt-Colored Dreamcoat
Star Wars: Rebels has introduced us to an entire menagerie of new creatures in the galaxy far, far away. There are the cute (lothcats), the majestic (purrgils), and the just plain comedic (puffer pigs), but perhaps no creature has elicited more fan speculation than that of the convor (okay, fine, lothwolves excluded). The convorees (plural … Continue reading The Eye of the Beh-owl-der: Are Convorees Really “Space Owls”?
By guest contributor Chris Wermeskerch For many fans, after Disney’s new round of Star Wars films was launched, discussions were raised about the new slate of films and whether or not they had feminist biases. The point of this essay is to seriously examine, well, does Rogue One carry feminist overtones? More particularly in this … Continue reading Ecofeminism and Rogue One