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Star Wars

  • Andrew May
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

In which the real world seeks to emulate science fiction by giving serious thought to the possibility of launching bombs, guns and missiles into orbit. That sci-fi staple, the ray gun, finally acquired a real-world counterpart in the form of the laser, and some people envisaged space-based super-lasers creating an impenetrable shield against nuclear missiles. The culmination of these ideas was a project the news media referred to as “Star Wars”, after the popular sci-fi movie franchise. Nothing came of it, however, and space-based warfare remained just as science-fictional at the end of the Cold War as it had been at the start.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew May
    • 1
  1. 1.CrewkerneUK

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