The Americans tried to get it made with a real-life petition to the government. Obviously that was turned down -- we are in a recession after all -- but now you can actually help make the Death Star a reality with the power of Kickstarter. They're only asking for £20 billion.

Incredibly, people are actually backing this thing. For goodness sake people, it's NOT going to happen, OK? Even if we wanted it to, you'd have to build it in space, which we can't do right now. I mean, even the "Risks and Challenges" says it in plain English, plus it ends on April 1st:

"The main challenge is assuring Kickstarter that this is a joke and not a serious project. As proof, the goal has been set high enough to make successful funding almost impossible."

Don't get me wrong -- I'd love, love, love there to be even a remote possibility that we could build a Sci-Fi-style space station, but it's simply not possible at the moment. I suspect we'd need some sort of revolutionary power source to become a reality before anything of that magnitude can be made. So perhaps it would be better to sink the £57,000 odd already pledged at the time of writing, into nuclear fusion instead? Make it happen people, then maybe we'll actually be able to build a Death Star, one day. [Kickstarter]

Thanks Paul!