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How well do you know your ‘space operas’? See if you can match the quote to the right space opera franchise – all three are…

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“Many a word, at random spoken, / May soothe or wound a heart that's broken.”

Sir Walter Scott

(1771–1832)

Scottish novelist and poet

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May the Fourth be with you!

 

May the Fourth be with you! Playing off a pun on one of the movie’s most famous quotes, 4 May is the unofficial holiday in…