Comment of the Day: Lessons in Death Star Management

Today, we scanned the skies for Earth 2, learned about a DIY science kit for cockroach mind control (or cybugs, as commenter Anarwen cleverly dubbed them), and uncovered the mysteries of the Death Star by looking exactly where you'd expect them to be: in the owner's manual. » 11/04/13 4:40pm 11/04/13 4:40pm

Death Star Owner's Manual will help you get it Fully Operational

No Bothans had to die, in order for you to get your hands on the plans to the Death Star from Star Wars. Instead, you can just buy the Imperial Death Star: Owner's Workshop Manual — published by Haynes, the same folks who did the Millennium Falcon owner's manual. We've got an exclusive sneak peek of this masterpiece. » 11/04/13 12:00pm 11/04/13 12:00pm

How much would a Death Star really cost?

To the disappointment of thousands who signed the petition, the Obama administration recently informed us that it has, and will have, no plans to build a Star-Wars-style death star. Now, there may indeed be good reasons to forgo this addition to the nation's defense, but the first one listed — that it would cost 850… » 1/28/13 8:11am 1/28/13 8:11am

The Galactic Empire Responds to the White House's Response to the Death …

Four days ago, President Obama shot down the dreams of the American people and told them in no uncertain terms that he would not be building a Death Star, despite the online petition with a whole 25,000 signatures politely requesting him to do so. Now, the Galactic Empire has given their response to the White House's… » 1/15/13 12:20pm 1/15/13 12:20pm

How much energy would the Death Star require to destroy Earth?

As iconic as the spherical death-bringer is, the inner tinkerings of the Death Star still remain a great mystery. For example, if the Death Star suddenly materialized in the Solar System, how much energy would the vessel require to pulverize the Earth into bloody gravel? » 1/16/12 9:05am 1/16/12 9:05am

In Love Wars, gay Stormtroopers chafe under Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Serving the Galactic Empire comes with some murky moral questions: Is the Rebel Alliance really a terrorist organization? Is political stability worth the destruction of an entire planet? Should I serve in a military that doesn't even teach me how to shoot properly? As the short film "Love Wars" reveals, those questions… » 1/15/12 7:30am 1/15/12 7:30am

A collection of Star Wars t-shirts that can serve as your entire…

Is that a bearded, lightsaber-wielding Han Solo?! You bet your ass it is. This t-shirt features early concept art drawn up by none other than legendary concept designer Ralph McQuarrie — the man behind much of the look and feel of the original Star Wars trilogy. This is just one of over 20 new Star Wars tees being sold … » 8/03/11 5:25pm 8/03/11 5:25pm

The Imperial Forces Overrun Home Of America's Liberal Elite

It's not just Lucasfilm's HQ in the Presidio district; io9's very own Annalee, Charlie and myself leave our hearts, as well as all of our other internal organs and all the rest of us, in San Francisco as well. But if you're wondering what it is about this particular city by the bay that's so particularly science… » 8/17/08 9:00am 8/17/08 9:00am

Will Scorpius Return As Star Wars' Second Coolest Villain?

One of the most underexposed Star Wars villains could be getting more of an outing soon. Grand Moff Tarkin only appeared in the original Star Wars, before exploding along with his precious Death Star. But Peter Cushing's iconic evil bureaucrat also had a brief appearance in Revenge Of The Sith — played by Wayne Pygram, … » 6/10/08 12:45pm 6/10/08 12:45pm

Who Has The Biggest Power Generator In Space?

It takes a lot of energy to zip around the stars standing akimbo in your rolled-down boots. So the best battlecruisers and starships have really powerful energy sources. But what's the most powerful spaceship or station, in terms of energy output? This isn't just an idle question, because we'll need to know which… » 2/28/08 10:00am 2/28/08 10:00am

Top Five High-Tech Lairs of Evil Masterminds (OK, a Few Good…

If you're an evil genius or a superhero with things to hide, then you've probably thought about investing some serious dough in a secret lair. But with real estate prices being what they are these days, and the pesky need to kill the architects for hidden bases after they finish, you might want to get one of these… » 2/01/08 11:10am 2/01/08 11:10am