Tuesday, December 1, 2015

George Lucas’s Star Wars Working Title List

Many ages ago, before the first Star Wars movie started filming, George Lucas had trouble coming up with a name for his planned opus. Here we unearth his working title list, along with insight into his thought process:

The Star Wars (too silly?)
The War of the Stars (getting closer)
Starry Warriors (almost there)
Starving Warriors of the Stars (sequel?)
Starry Star Stars (don’t get punchy, George)
Starve Warts (save this for another project)
Luke and Darth’s Amazing Adventure (now you’re thinking)
War Constellation (back to war, huh. I think I’m on to something here. maybe check thesaurus for other words for “war”)
Battle Beyond the Stars (there we go)
Battle in the Stars (closer)
Battle of the Stars (closest)
Battle of the Network Stars (already in use? check this out.)
BattleStars (oh my)
Battle Constellation (no, let’s not go there again)
Conflict Among the Stars (am I just obsessed with stars?)
No Peace in Starville (save for project #3)
The Rogue Shoots First (trying something different; too vague)
Robots and Rogues (okay, that’s a little too French)
Hidden Fortress in Space (oops, let’s not get sued!)
Star Fortress in Space (this is getting tiring)
Star Wars (oh fuck it)


  1. Ya know, :) I am in awe of your writing, first off! But I am interested in what was being said about starfish in your Scientific American article ("The Starfish Assassin" Scientific American. Vol. 314 No. 1: Jan 2016. pp 16.) and wondered if that poisoning is typical practice in Australia?

    It would seem that counter-productive measures such as poisoning or killing starfish to save a dead coral reef (that cannot in any practical way protect against sea-level rise flooding, btw) goes against the life of this planet and hoped that an Australian explanation of sorts could be found in other Scientific American publications? Because, I believe that the eco-system involved over there was different before and that if one were as a biologist (and I am not) and studied starfish mutations in California's John Muir headlands seacoast today, one would be alarmed and/or perplexed and confused at the way God, (as Mother Nature) answers mankind, when mankind fucks up, so to speak, steward-wise:) Anyway, Please have a happy holidays and happy new year, 2016! :) !

    1. Hey John, thanks for your comments. There's lots more to say about the starfish robot. It's one technique out of many, but yes, it does help coral before they completely die out. The other threats (climate pollution) are worse, but getting rid of COTS is one technique to help the big picture. I think it's also cool enough to raise awareness of the broader issues.