Hmmm Alfredo, that's a rather odd question, it's sort of like asking what the difference is betwene an oak tree and a palm tree? ---- other than both being trees, they don't really have too much in common, and the same is true here.

Both are scifi but don't have that much in common either.

Star trek began in the 1960's (1966 I think), and began with the startrek tv series which ran for five years, and was then followed by a number of other tv series and films set in the same universe.

Startrek desplays a future society in the 23rd and 24th centuries, when humans have expanded to colonize many planets and form a federation in cooperation with a number of other races. Episodes usually follow the events aboard a military star ship (or in the case of ds9 a space station), and concern the interactions of the crew with various alien races and strange space events.

the scientific principles in startrek are also at least self consistant and logical, and in many places based on real ideas and forms of speculation about future technology, space flight etc.

Startrek often features a very positive view of the future, where humanity has gone beyond class, race prejudice and lots of other bad things, ---- though while early series very much focused on moral lessons, later series like ds9 do show quite a bit of conflict, drama and intreague.

Starwars on the other hand is better thought of as science fantasy than scence fiction, sinse the science very much takes a back seat, ---- not that that really matters over much.

it is primarily based on originally 3 films in the 1970's and early 80's, with three more (the prequal treology), being bought out in the early 2000s, as well as many novels and other materials like spin off series.

Starwars does not display a future society, but a society "aa long time ago in a galaxy far far away"

ie, somewhere else.

Rather than being based on a set showing of a future for humanity, starwars involves a struggle in a specific area of space, particularly surrounding the semi-magical, semi-religious powers of the Jedi order, and the rise and fall of the evil empire.

Starwars therefore watches more like a rolocking good fantasy novel in space really, and can be enjoyed for it's style, likeable characters and intensive political action rather than for it's set scientific ideas.

Other than both being sf, both hae space ships, starwars and startrek are radically different really and not too easy to confuse once you've experienced them (I'm actually surprised you can ask this question int he first place).

Some people are larger fans than others. I for instance have watched all the starwars films and much of startrek (I own some of my favourite series on dvd), but haven't gone into the spinoffs, cannon or background in quite as much detail, I just tend to enjoy both as different scifi.

Of course in the case of Dr. who and jrr tolkien, the story for me is extremely different ;D.

Beware the grue!


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