Are Claytronics, Catoms or Programmable Matter featured or mentioned in any canon expanded universe source? I have found no references to them in Wookieepedia.

  • Not likely. Read Nanotechnology article on Wookiepedia for reasons why. Feb 1, 2013 at 18:55
  • 5
    This is the article that DVK was referring to, I believe. Just 'cause I'm guessing other people are as lazy as I sometimes am, and would rather not search themselves :)
    – K-H-W
    Feb 1, 2013 at 19:00
  • @DVK - On the plus side I've worked out how to mass-search all the Star Wars EU books in one go.
    – Valorum
    Mar 2, 2014 at 22:07

1 Answer 1


UPDATE : So-called "Microdroids" play a part in the latest Marvel Star Wars comics "Darth Vader #003". Nanotech is now (officially) part of the main Star Wars canon.

enter image description here

I've searched through the 250(ish) books that form the Star Wars EU and I can find no reference to the terms "Claytronics", "Programmable matter" or "Catoms".

There are some slight glancing references to nanotech in various Elizabeth Hand novels ("Hunted", "A New Threat", "Pursuit"), "Rule of Two" by Drew Karpyshyn "The Swarm War" and "The Unseen Queen" by Troy Denning and "Hard Contact" and "True Colours" by Karen Traviss.

Nanotechnology seems to mainly find use in slavery devices, bio-weaponry (nanoviruses), illegal medical devices, biological computing and forced terraforming. Whenever it's mentioned in the EU canon, there seems to be an underlying sense of wrongness either because it's a very alien form of technology (e.g. almost exclusively used outside the core worlds of the Galactic Republic) or because of the grey goo threat.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.