The technology is strong in this one

Dear Johnny Fanboy,

In my review of the Star Wars graphic novel Knights of the Old Republic: Volume 1 - Commencement I point out that the story is supposed to be set thousands of years before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope. Now, while I know this is a different galaxy, the technology represented here seems not too dissimilar to the movie. Are the publishers seriously suggesting that there are droids, light sabres, flying vehicles and holographic recording equipment, all of which will go virtually unchanged for millennia?

I should have thought to ask you sooner. Help me, Obi-John Kenobi, you're my only hope!

Pete Boomer

Johnny Fanboy replies:

Let me explain, Master Boomer.

Thousands of years is plenty of time for key civilisations to fall and rise again. Technological knowledge could have been lost and then rediscovered during that time.

Alternatively, the galaxy's technology might have reached its peak all those thousands of years ago, so no further significant innovation is possible.

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