The Ed Zone

Is­sue 268 Jan 2016

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Contents - Richard Ed­wards, Editor @richdEd­wards

It’s safe to say I wouldn’t be writ­ing this ed­i­to­rial if it wasn’t for Star Wars. As for many peo­ple born in the ’70s and ’80s, it was the for­ma­tive cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence of my child­hood, my gate­way into sci-fi and fan­tasy. For a long time I think I loved the idea of Star Wars as much as the movies them­selves – I know I saw the orig­i­nal movie on TV when I was very small (that im­age of C-3PO and R2-D2 in the desert made an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion on my young mind), but I was just as cap­ti­vated by the ac­tion fig­ures, the space­ships and my Re­turn Of The Jedi du­vet cover.

When I was old enough to ac­tu­ally get the movies, I was even more be­sot­ted. I watched my off-the-telly record­ing of The Em­pire Strikes Back so many times that I knew where the ad breaks would come. Even now when I watch the film I ex­pect the skele­ton from the Scotch ads to pop up dur­ing the Cloud City se­quence and tell me to “re-record not fade away”.

If you were bit­ten by the Star Wars bug as a kid, I don’t think you ever re­ally grow out of it – and why should you? There’s a rea­son adults shed tears when Han Solo told Chew­bacca they were home. Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Lando, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest are part of our col­lec­tive con­scious­ness in a way few other fic­tional char­ac­ters can match. So the ar­rival of The Force Awak­ens – the big­gest movie of SFX’s life­time – is def­i­nitely some­thing to cel­e­brate. Set your nav com­puter to p46.

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