Let's go back to a time when Star Wars was fresh on the scene and the creators were unsure if it would be a hit. In this episode we cover the very first novel to expand the story of Star Wars: Alan Dean Foster's Splinter of the Mind's Eye. It's an alternate universe sequel to A New Hope, featuring Luke being in love with Leia, a chase scene with a space worm, an eccentric Force witch, and Leia dueling Darth Vader in an ancient temple. Needless to say, it's a wild ride of an episode.
Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie is a book showcasing the artwork of Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. The 800-page, two-book set was published in hardcover by Abrams Books on September 27, 2016 for $250. The collection has a foreword by George Lucas and features over 2,000 illustrations rescanned and rephotographed from conceptual paintings, costume designs, storyboards, book covers, and Lucasfilm holiday cards
Deep in the swamplands of the planet Mimban lies a powerful crystal, capable of giving its possessor an invincible mastery of the Force. In the right hands, it could save the galaxy. In the wrong hands, it could destroy it! While the explosion of the first Death Star still reverberates through the cosmos, Luke and Leia find that the war they thought they won was only a battle and that the dark side of the Force still stalks the galaxy.
Stranded on a jungle planet, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia found themselves desperately racing Imperial Stormtroopers to claim a gem that had mysterious powers over the Force.
Luke Skywalker expected trouble when he volunteered to follow Princess Leia on her mission to Circarpous to enlist their Rebel underground in the battle against the Empire. But the farm boy from Tatooine hadn't counted on an unscheduled landing in the swamplands of Mimban…hadn't counted on any of the things they would find on that strange planet.
Hidden on this planet was the Kaiburr crystal, a mysterious gem that would give the one who possessed it such powers over the Force that he would be all but invincible. In the wrong hands, the crystal could be deadly. So Luke had to find this treasure and find it fast.
Accompanied by Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio—his two faithful droids—Luke and the Princess set out for the Temple of Pomojema…and a confrontation deep beneath the surface of an alien world with the most fearsome villain in the galaxy!