Boba Fett’s halo book isn’t a Halo reference – it’s bigger than that

George Lucas has always been something of a packer when it comes to the wider sci-fi world. Critics have accused him of borrowing from some of science fiction’s most famous stories, such as that of Isaac Asimov establish and Frank Herbert’s Sand dunes. With episode 5 of Books by Boba Fettwe can now cite another huge influence: Larry Niven’s Ringworld.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett.]

In this latest episode, the show’s protagonist takes a breather while we catch up on Din Djarin’s adventures from Mandalorian. When we last saw him, he had given up on his small area, Grogu. His latest bounty takes him to an interesting place: a ring-shaped space station, where his latest quarry acts as a butcher. If you’ve ever played Halo game or read Niven’s classic novel, you will immediately recognize the massive structure.

Ringworld book cover

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Star Wars has never shied away from massive structures, like the Death Star in A new hope and Return of the Jedithe Ring of Kafrene in Rogue Oneor Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back. The Extended Universe also introduces some superstructures of its own, like Corellia Central stationAmaxine space station from Supreme Republic series and have seen The Rise of Kylo Ren manga and a Dyson’s Ball in the Iokath system. But this is the first time we’ve seen anything like it in this particular world, and it’s a bit surprising that it took so long for a proper ring world to emerge.

Structure first appeared in science fiction books half a century ago in Larry Niven’s 1970 novel Ringworld. When I interviewed Niven a few years ago about the novel, he explains that he got his idea from a real scientific concept: a Dyson sphere, in which a civilization covers its home star with a shell, to capture it all its energy output. “If you rotate the Dyson sphere, you can get gravity along the equator,” explains Niven, “But nowhere else, so I just work with the equator.” Niven’s Ringworld was born, and while attending a writer’s workshop, he came across the story that eventually became the book.

This novel is very popular with fans of science fiction: after its publication in 1970, it went on to win three crowns of science fiction awards: the Hugo, Locus and Nebula Prizes. , and he eventually included it in the “Known Space” list of the Universe, and followed by three additional novels, Ringworld Engineers (1979), The Ringworld Throne (1996), and Ringworld’s Children (2004), along with several prequels and side stories.

Niven’s Ringworld is big: it’s an object that tracks the orbit of a planet, like a thin band of ice around a light bulb. Put a ring on it, and the inside of the ring has enough gravity to hold in an atmosphere. That furniture? At 1.6 million kilometers wide and 940 million kilometers in circumference, it boasts plenty of living rooms: 580 trillion square miles, or the surface area of ​​three million Earths. Standing on the surface, you won’t actually be able to tell that you’re standing on an actual ring – it will look as if there’s a giant arch extending overhead.

After he introduced audiences to the concept, other authors borrowed it: Iain M. Banks used the concept as Orbitals in his Brilliant Culture series (and mentions a few Ringworlds that have featured. the right size on the go), while John Varley uses the live versions in the Gaea Trilogy. Scientists have also hypothesized this concept in smaller versions, such as the Stanford toroidal station (where the ring is enclosed by a roof to keep it in the atmosphere) or the Banks Orbiter is an orbit with a radius of about a thousand kilometers. In 2013 Paradise placeNeill Blomkamp used a Stanford torus designed by renowned concept artist Syd Mead, in which the Earth’s wealthy classes escape the Earth’s poverty and filth to live a life of luxury .

Halo from Halo

Image: 343 Industries / Xbox Game Studios

But the most famous usage is not from literature, but from video games, in the form Halo franchises (and most recently in Halo: Infinite), where most of the action takes place. These versions are not nearly as large as the ones Niven imagined: they are only 10,000 km in diameter, although larger rings (30,000 km) do exist around the world. Although they are much smaller than the structures that inspired them, they still make up massive, majestic worlds.

Ring World of Ringworld would dwarf what we’ve seen in Star Wars, looking on par with something like the Death Star: a massive space station that takes advantage of its rotation to provide gravity for its inhabitants. it. As Din Djarin moves through the structure, it becomes clear that it is essentially a city stretched from start to finish, an interstellar hub convenient for commerce and transportation in the galaxy’s Outer Rim.

What’s interesting about this particular structure is that it looks like Lucasfilm has chosen to borrow some elements from Niven: not only the circular structure, but also an inner segmented circle that supplies the regions of the world. day and night cycle.

The entire structure is a nice nod to one of science fiction’s most famous works. This probably won’t be the last time we see one on screen: one the adaptation of Halo coming to Paramount Plus later this yearand although we haven’t seen the actual adaptation of Ringworld not yet, do not have lack of effort command one. As of 2020, Amazon is working on a series based on the novelwith Game of Thrones‘Alan Taylor will direct a script written by Akiva Goldsman.

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Aila Slisco

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