Dooku's Solar Sailer circa 1978

Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by darthskellington, Aug 11, 2003.

  1. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    As most of you probably know, the concept behind Dooku's solar sailer is based on modern scientific theory, and not a galaxy far, far away.

    I was thumbing through my old Star Wars Question and Answer Book About Space (1978), and came across this image of a solar sail. I thought it might be of interest to everyone.

    Other highlights of the book include discussion of the planned "Space Telescope" that will be launched in 1983 (which we all know and love as Hubble). (aka as the "We had the stupid thing out of focus for 15 years, don't we feel like @$$es" telescope). :p

    The author (a professor) also predicts that the first astronauts to explore Mars will actually be robots, which has come to pass, albeit none too successfully.

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  2. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    Another sci-fi Solar Sailer that I'm aware of appeared in an episode of Star Trek: DS9.

    Sisko was given a yaght powered by a solar sail by the Bajorans. I missed that episode myself, but I know they made a Micro Machine version of it.
  3. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    Oh, goody! We're playing the "prototype" game. :D

    I think you'll find the "Solar Sailer" is much older than either of those images, but I couldn't find any pictures in my two good sci-fi history books ... unless you count this magnificent Space "Sailer". :)

    I'm not sure of the date, probably late 1960's or early 1970's. It's a cover illustration drawn by Darrel K. Sweet for a novel called "Glory" by Alfred Coppel.

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  4. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    But, I did find a few other interesting images.

    I'm not sure when this image drawn, but well before Star Wars - probably the early 1960s. It comes from a German sci-fi magazine called Utopia (issue #2). It could be a possible source for the idea of the Neimoidian Core Ships. :)

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  5. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    This one was painted by Syd Mead for the 1961 Steel publication "Concepts" (along with a couple of others that later turned up in Blade Runner). according to the picture's caption:

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  6. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    I've also found a couple of "prototype" Wookiees, complete with crossbow weapons. I'll scan the pictures and post them tomorrow. :)
  7. Nightwing

    Nightwing New Recruit

    I did a thread on this a year ago- the similarities between two solar sailers- the one in AOTC and Tron
  8. Zepp

    Zepp Interstellar Buccaneer

    I think that the vehicle in tron would be classified as laser propulsion rather than as a solar sail... also it is not an intersteller vehicle...

    news on solar sails...

    there are also some interesting reads out there on other forms of interstellar propulsion...
  9. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    Hey everyone, neat stuff everyone's posting. :)

    After a day of no posts, I figured no one cared about my post beyond a passing glance. It turns out everyone was just thinking about what they had seen too.

    Thanks for contributing. Interesting stuff all around. :cool:
  10. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    Okely dokely, here's the promised "proto"-Wookiees.

    Both images were drawn by John Schoenherr in the mid-1970's to illustrate an ANALOG magazine story called "And Seven Times Never Kill Man" by George R. R. Martin. The picture captions say:

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  11. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    Is that a six-pack or is it just cold in proto-wookiee land? :p
  12. Borsk

    Borsk Administrator Staff Member


    I feel a great disturbance in CC's avatar. It's as though it changed and is about to change again. I feel something terrible has happened.


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