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There are many references to Blue Sun in firefly. Most are background type images such as billboard advertisements or a shirt that Jayne wears. Is this ever explained, either directly in an episode or maybe in DVD extras?

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It's a mega corporation. They do everything from ship parts to food.

Actually, while not directly mentioned, the logo can be seen on various props.

More at the Firefly Wikia.

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    As a side note, here is one subtle way of displaying one's love for sci-fi without being too obvious :) – MPelletier Jan 26 '11 at 1:38
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    And this is a less-subtle way—or at least it's not subtle when I'm wearing it… ;-) – Dori Jan 26 '11 at 5:27
  • @Dori: Do people ask you what it means? – MPelletier Jan 26 '11 at 11:04
  • sometimes yes, sometimes no—it varies. I bought it back when the TV show was still on the air, so the questions went down while the movie was out. Mostly, though, I wear it to things like SF cons, where it's considered to be obvious. – Dori Jan 26 '11 at 18:27
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Blue Sun is a megacorporation in the Firefly Universe.

Joss Whedon has described it as the company that would result from the merger of Microsoft and McDonalds. The idea being that it is a company that permeates every part of people's lives from the food they eat, to the clothes they wear to the computers they use to the ships they fly.

It is also hinted at the end of the first graphic novel that the Hands of Blue were actually working for Blue Sun which may have major ties to the government.

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It is not only a corporation, it is the name of one of the actual stars of the compound star system, as noted (among other places) on the QMx Official Map of the Verse

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