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Compare/Contrast Essay

             Throughout the past two decades, two science fiction cult classics have rivaled each other. Both have strong followings of loyal fans who live and breath these classic tales. Lunch boxes, t-shirts, masks, bed sheets, and figurines are only some of the merchandising offspring of these two epic films. Star Wars and Star Trek certainly share many similarities being the benchmarks for the genre of science fiction movies. While the similarities are not difficult to see, especially when many people confuse their names to be the same thing, differences account for the greatness of each movie. If one were to place a Trekie (Star Trek fan) and a Star Wars maniac fan in the same room, surely only one would get out alive. This is because Star Wars and Star Trek are arguably very different. Although Star Wars and Star Trek are both stunning examples of modern science fiction, they are not the same. Star Trek and Star Wars each posses similar and different general concepts, themes, and motives. .
             First of all, the technology of Star Trek and Star Wars hold some similarities but mostly differences. Star Wars has the superior weaponry. Star Wars has light sabers (highly dignified glowing swords that slice titanium doors like nuclear powered chain saws), laser blasters, planet destroying canons, and mystical energy called "the force." In Star Wars, most ships are capable of light speed which can move to different galaxies in seconds. Radically shaped battle ships and battle stations also add to the weapon arsenal. All in all, Star Wars has stunning fictional technology which really creates the right atmosphere for the science fiction setting. .
             Star Trek, however, seems to have a more recognizable technology. Star Trek has tasers which look like garage door openers, but can be set to stun to preserve life instead of vaporizing it. The Star Trek vessels also possess photon torpedoes which seem to always be deflected by the enemy's shields.

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