May 25: Star Wars turns 40

The Force is with me, and I am one with the Force.
The Force is with me, and I am one with the Force.

On May 25, 1977, Star Wars debuted. I was there, though I don’t remember it — I was barely two months old as my parents took me to Phoenix’s bygone Cine Capri, and they had to leave early because I got fussier than C-3PO at a Jawa swap meet.

To say that George Lucas’ space opera has comprised much of our coverage over the last decade would be a grotesque understatement. My love for the Saga and the things it inspired (and that inspired it) is one of the driving forces behind Nerdvana’s existence, and continues to be a focus as we approach the blog’s 10th anniversary.

More than 600 entries tagged with “Star Wars” exist in our archives, far more than any other topic. The last few years have been particularly exciting, as Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm have re-ignited the Saga (not without controversy, as the vast Expanded Universe of related books, comics and games was upended and largely de-canonized). It’s also been a time of bittersweet memories, as many of the talented and beloved stars and creators left us too soon: Ralph McQuarrie, Kenny Baker, and most recently our American princess, Carrie Fisher … but that is the way of things. The way of the Force. The Saga continues.

Many of Nerdvana’s more recent Star Wars articles appear below, notably dispatches from Star Wars Celebration Orlando last month, plus a few older pieces selected for their significance. I hope you’ll explore all our content, share any of it that resonates with you, and share your memories with us!

May the Force be with you … always.

(And remember: Today probably marks exactly one year until the release of the untitled young Han Solo spinoff movie …)

Everything we know so far about the Han Solo movie

Recent headlines

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Space opera done right (spoiler-free review)

It’s a Star Wars life

Anthony Daniels on being the voice of ‘Star Wars’ saga

Anthony Daniels’ favorite tracks from ‘Star Wars’ score


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