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A skirmish in a cold, unknown, galaxy far far away is waged, largely through wills and power struggles between competing factions of surviving aliens.
In the end, the “greatest generation of heroes” shows up to save the day. If you need a reminder that this is a story, this Neal Stephenson story is a good start. It’s got all the elements that go into a great John R. MacAskill paper, as well as some fun (and mostly true) details about challenges.
Within the sprawling battlespace, there are adventures that unfold between two groups of humans—one skilled, strong, compassionate, forgiving people, and one spunky, disarming, occasionally selfish—and lots of shiny things and space people carrying annoying toys. But along the way, there’s also a weird, tender relationship that happens between two different groups of humans that occurs.
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If you read this story carefully, you can see that it’s written from two different points of view and set in two different points of view, which makes it a pretty complex and high-risk situation. But it all comes together to produce a unique, highly memorable, and crucial moment in a Star Wars piece of literature (the Battle of Endor, in fact).
Through the stories that Poe’s taken of two strangers who also happen to be “witches,” and the story “Unbroken” about the practice of making animals to be part of a race in the supposedly animal kingdom known as the Abolitionists, Stephenson has explored in substantial detail the possibilities for integrating magic into our human culture and, importantly, above all, the need to do it if we want to thrive in the future.
Stephenson also draws his inspiration and his energy from other voices in the Star Wars series, particularly the two stories of the character, Luke Skywalker.
Stevenson’s work is almost tied in with Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet in that way, but where Hamlet is a mystery that mystifies, illuminates, and questions what it is to be human, Stevenson’s stories are the only way to get to know what makes you human and what makes you human to be human to human.
It’s telling that Stephenson’s stories are also not driven by fantasy or science fiction, but rather by a far more specific and tightly set outline of outer space than the epic that is Star Wars.
While in Star Wars, to get closer to doing science fiction, you must first make up your mind to explore the possibilities. You may find yourself doing something as simple as smashing a container to see if anything happens.
In this story, the part of the container ends up being opened, and the bottle of water inside, in that way, is “unmade.” After that, you feel that the story within the story is similar to when you’re almost finished with a larder and ask yourself questions about what made it there. It doesn’t really matter, though, because the point of the story is to find the answer to the questions. In this story, the answers are everywhere.
Here’s “The Battle of Endor.”
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