July 27, 2016
I remember seeing the very first Star Wars movie a couple of days after it opened, before it became a Big Thing. It was on the big screen at the West Gate theater here in Beaverton (which no longer exists) and I was a cub engineer working my first full-time job at Tektronix.
When the Death Star exploded, the audience burst into applause. I've never heard anything like that before or since. And after I walked out of the theater, I wasn't at all surprised that it became a phenomenon. But that was nearly 40 years ago.
And now it's an entire canon -- and I don't know anything about it. Oh, well.
Posted by: J Greely at July 27, 2016 08:10 AM (ZlYZd)
Posted by: RickC at July 27, 2016 08:48 AM (ECH2/)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 27, 2016 09:45 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: ubu at July 27, 2016 10:08 AM (SlLGE)
Of course, the real fun is the stuff that never qualified for Expanded Universe status. For example Splinter of the Mind's Eye, a book written before Episode V and VI came out, which had to be rather rapidly and quietly forgotten once we learned that Luke and Leia were siblings..
Posted by: David at July 27, 2016 01:07 PM (YHSti)
Posted by: RickC at July 27, 2016 07:54 PM (EsJO/)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 27, 2016 08:49 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Tatterdemalian at July 27, 2016 08:56 PM (g2A9v)
Posted by: Ben at July 27, 2016 10:15 PM (B1bvu)
Posted by: muon at July 27, 2016 10:18 PM (IUHrD)
Hearing some of the stuff that came later has made me quite happy with that decision. Mara Sue marries Luke Skywalker? Great, he probably got Force Cancer and died tragically young just months after, leaving only his unborn child Mara Enony Raven Way to carry his legacy.
Posted by: Tatterdemalian at July 28, 2016 06:58 PM (g2A9v)
When the line of Star Wars tie in novels was started, the line writers asked for a setting bible to work from. Lucas didn't supply one; instead, they were sent copies of the West End Games RPG, and told to use that.
Posted by: metaphysician at July 30, 2016 08:54 AM (wPtAD)
Amusing urban legend that is *probably* true:
I doubt this story is true since, many moons ago, I read an interview that was done with Timothy Zahn and he mentioned that when he was finally selected to write for Star Wars (Which required his agent, not Zahn, to submit his previous works to Lucasfilm Licensing.), he received a large story bible for his work, besides consultation with LFL. That seemed have been followed through-out the novel line, though LFL was very flexible about the writers they were willing to accept as long as they will willing to follow guidelines.
The story of West End Games and the Star Wars RPG (Especially the end, which could be witnessed by the world in almost real time, thanks to the Internet.), would be interesting by itself. Something that was nice was the set of sourcebooks which covered the Thrawn Trilogy, complete with pictures of scenes from the books.
Posted by: cxt217 at July 30, 2016 03:20 PM (TuhJ1)
Posted by: Ben at July 31, 2016 11:08 PM (S4UJw)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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