Imperial Imprecision

by Chris Large

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 9.13.57 PMIt’s long been known that Star Wars: A New Hope contains examples of some of the worst marksmanship in the history of cinema, particularly with respect to the Emperor’s ‘elite’ forces. But how bad were they really? Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a statistical measure of exactly how astonishingly bad imperial stormtroopers were at hitting their mark?

Well, fortunately, there is. In the United States, where police forces undergo rigorous (well, at least annual) firearms training, statistics are kept, and made available for, exactly the type of public scrutiny in which we are about to indulge.

But first to the question of “How can we calculate the number of shots fired and hits scored by stormtroopers in Star Wars in order to make a valid comparison with real-world figures?” The answer is simple. I counted them. Yes, I did. No, I’m not shitting you. Inspired by the purchase of a brand new TV boasting no less than 55 inches of HD LED OMFGoodness, I took it upon myself to re-watch Star Wars: A New Hope. And just for fun – because that’s how I roll – I decided to count each and every shot fired by stormtroopers in the name of generating an accurate hit-rate for comparison with figures issued by the NYPD. Before we get to the nitty gritty of raw statistics, I’ll briefly touch upon some potential excuses given by simpering Empire apologists for the atrocious stormtrooper hit-rate, and deftly debunk them all.

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Writers Victoria Science Fiction and Fantasy workshops

Writers Victoria has some upcoming workshops and talks focused on genre writing that might be of interest to Aurealis.

Spec Fic Masterclass with Marianne de Pierres
Saturday 27 September – Geelong
http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/spec-fic-masterclass-geelong/

Spec Fic Masterclass with Marianne de Pierres
Sunday 28 September – Melbourne
http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/spec-fic-masterclass/

Oh the Horror with Dmetri Kakmi
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October – Melbourne
http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/oh-the-horror/

Re-spinning the Magic of Fairytales with Kate Forsyth
Friday 14 November – Melbourne
http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/re-spinning-the-magic-of-fairy-tales/

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CALLING FOR ENTRIES: 2014 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction

The Australian Writers’ Guild is looking for exceptional Science Fiction Scripts – Produced and Unproduced.

$10,000 will be awarded to the winner of the prize for produced work.

The writer of the best unproduced script will meet with, and have their script considered by, a leading genre producer – with all travel costs covered.

 

The 2014 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction is open for entrants and will now cater for both produced and unproduced works.

Thanks to a generous bequest from the legendary Australian film critic John Hinde, the Australian Writers Guild (AWG) presents the 2014 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction.

The purpose of the award is to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media.

This year’s John Hinde Award also aims to encourage the production of new, innovative and exciting work in the science fiction genre in Australia by providing an avenue for unproduced works to enter.

The Prize

  • A $10,000 cash prize will be going to the winner of the produced category.
  • The winning script of the unproduced category will be read by an experienced genre producer and the writer will be set up with a meeting with an industry professional hand-selected for the specific piece of work. Associated travel expenses will be covered by the AWG/John Hinde Bequest.

Criteria

To encourage and promote Sci-Fi the way John Hinde intended the scope of eligible entries has been expanded. Subgenres and cross genre pieces will now be accepted and encouraged, from horror-hybrids or post-apocalypses – the AWG wants to see it!

To apply for the John Hinde Award, please submit the 2014 John Hinde Award Application Form. Submissions close 9am Monday 22nd September 2014.