The legacy of 'Splinter of the Mind's Eye'

Splinter of the Mind's Eye holds a unique and weird place in Star Wars history. It never was made into a film, but some of its ideas did trickle down into the official trilogy. It's no longer considered to be canon, yet has remained in print for nearly 40 years. For many fans who read it in the 1970s and 1980s, it's just as much a part of the Star Wars story as Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. It provides a fascinating look at what might have been—an alternate reality where Star Wars was a flop, Luke and Leia were lovers, and Han Solo abandoned the Rebellion. Most of all? It's still a darn good read. "I'm very proud of it, as I am of everything I write," Foster said. "I especially feel that it caught the spirit of the first film and continued it." Darn right.