That assumes that a) your target is on the planet's surface, and b) total destruction is your goal. If your objective is to, say, capture a vital resource on the planet, you probably don't want to make it inaccessible in the process, and if the enemy already has an extraction facility in place, it's probably much more… » 9/27/14 1:52pm Saturday 1:52pm

Star Wars didn't invent it, as it had been in literary SF for some time. But it was probably the first audio-visual version of a space opera to portray the working class and seedy underbelly sides of a galactic civilization. Star Trek TOS might have hinted at it in an episode or two (e.g., Harry Mudd) but Trek was… » 9/27/14 4:46pm Saturday 4:46pm

I looked at the Mongoose edition recently and noted that anti-gravity is at a tech level only one above our current real-world one (and considered a stepping stone to interstellar travel), while drugs that slow the aging process are at the highest possible tech level in the base game (TL 15). Recent developments… » 9/26/14 7:10am Friday 7:10am

One theory they have over at Badass Digest is that Orci and Kurtzman are really good at taking notes. Whenever the director, producers, or other suits say "Can we change this?" or "Our numbers say we need to have X in this movie," they bend over backwards to make it happen. It might explain why their television work,… » 9/25/14 7:21am Thursday 7:21am

The study itself outlines their methodology (the health section seems about in the middle), but it looks like a combination of recording old-age disabilities/chronic illness stats with self-reporting surveys: "How healthy do you feel?" "How healthy are the people you live with?" "Is anyone in your household receiving… » 9/24/14 11:34am Wednesday 11:34am

Although it focuses on a resource-based crisis of a single asteroid colony, Up Against It sketches out the colony's place in a large, solar system-wide economic network. Including organized crime and the entertainment industry (most of the colonists' activities are recorded by nano-sized cameras for a reality show… » 9/24/14 11:12am Wednesday 11:12am

Just to build on your point about Empire's humour: darkness is more effective in contrast. You need those moments of levity, fun, compassion, and joy to make the dark turns stand out all the more. Having nothing but dour, dull, darkness just inures the viewer to it, and lessens the impact. » 9/24/14 10:06am Wednesday 10:06am