Star Warsologies

About Star Warsologies

In the NEW podcast Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. Star Warsologies is a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars. 

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About the Hosts

Melissa Truth Miller

The very first movie I saw in theaters was Return of the Jedi, I was 7 months old and apparently mesmerized. I loved all things Star Wars and Disney growing up and that has continued into adulthood. I got married on Tom Sawyer Island in Disneyland and visit the parks as often as my travels allow. DisneySea in Tokyo is my favorite! I’ve been attending San Diego Comic Con for years and can’t wait for it to return in person. As for my science career, I studied biology in school, worked in a chemistry lab, and have spent years going out to sea as an oceanographer. I now focus on science communication, especially the way scientists are represented in movies and TV shows. I love the overlap of science and science fiction and have written articles for Star Wars Insider speculating on what porgs eat, how purrgils survive in space, and whether Greedo can see the UV spectrum. During the pandemic, I’ve tried to level up by moderating panels for ForceFest, participating in and moderating Comic Con panels, and writing as many articles as possible. And starting the podcast Star Warsologies, of course! I can’t wait to learn what scientists make of the galaxy far, far away and share that with you. 

James Floyd

Hi! I’m James Floyd, and I’m also known as James Jawa or jawajames online. I’ve been a huge fan of Star Wars (and Indiana Jones) since as long as I can remember and loved playing with my Greedo and Power Droid action figures as a kid. Wearing out the old VHS tapes, reading and re-reading the books and comics, playing the video games, collecting the toys, I’ve enjoyed it all. I became active in Star Wars fandom online in the days of newsgroups, and as the prequels came out, got involved with local fans in forming our area’s FanForce chapter. I’ve been on and moderated panels at San Diego Comic-Con, Star Wars Celebration, and FanX Salt Lake. Also for Star Wars Celebration, I’ve co-organized the popular set of Bounty Hunt puzzle races, since 2007, combining my love of Star Wars with devising fiendish clue-solving adventures. The best part of Celebrations for me is seeing my Star Wars family from all over the world!

Currently, I’m a freelance writer and stay-at-home parent. I’ve been blogging since the mid-2000s for sites like and, covering all sorts of news, conducting author interviews, and reviewing The Clone Wars episodes and Star Wars comics. Now, I write for and the Star Wars Insider print magazine. I love to combine my Star Wars fandom with other things I enjoy, like travel. I’ve been (and written about) visiting Star Wars filming sites in Norway, Ireland, and more – someday I’ll be as well-traveled as Indiana Jones.  I’m also a big fan of LEGO Star Wars, both the toy sets and the awesome animated shows. Besides enjoying sci-fi and adventure, I’m big into learning about history, science, geography, and more. One of the things I enjoy as a parent is sharing my favorite stories with my child, whom I refer to as Little Jawa online. My favorite Star Wars characters are Chewbacca and Hondo Ohnaka. Team Hondo for life!

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