>>107790281>Star Wars has never been scifi
But one can argue that Star Wars IS sci-fi.
Sci-fi is a somewhat derogatory term in literature and it usually means space cowboys or space barbarians in exotic alien planets, or green aliens invading earth, for the serious stories based around factual science most authors prefer pretentious labels like Speculative Fiction or dystopian fiction or whatever, and the reason is that in the literature circles there is still a bias against the label "sci-fi" that is pretty much synonymous with badly written garbage for 50's children.
Star Wars is inspired by George Lucas' chilhood favorites like the Flash Gordon serials and the Barsoom books, that is precisely magicians and warriors in space adventures with goofy aliens , George Lucas never pretended to do "science fiction" in the same way Star Trek is "science fiction" all he wanted to do was to share with late 70's kids the same kind of stories he experienced and enjoyed as a child.
There is also the fact that in the film and tv worlds the term is not derogative but was embraced by film-makers and show runners, it doesn't matter if it's John Carter or The Expanse, it's all "sci-fi".