3. George Lucas
Next, the myth-maker himself, George Lucas. The director’s vision of a galaxy far, far away stands out as one of, if not the ultimate collaborations in world-building. Working together with some of the film industries most talented artisans, filmmakers, and a stellar cast, Lucas created a fictional galaxy that has both entertained and inspired a multitude. As a storyteller, not only did he gift movie-goers with a modern-day space-opera, but he also gave us the equally entertaining archaeologist/treasure hunter, Indiana Jones. One other lesser-known fantasy that Lucas created for his audience was Willow, featuring another one of his Star Wars alumni Warwick Davis.
It was with this latter property that Lucas dabbled into novel writing. His collaborator on the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy was famed X-Men scribe, Chris Claremont. The first of these novels was called Shadow Moon (1995). It was followed by Shadow Dawn and Shadow Star.
The plot of the series centers on the titular hero of the original film, Willow Ufgood, who is thrust into an all-encompassing war that begins with a devastating cataclysm that destroys twelve areas within his world including Tir Asleen. Willow must team up with new and old allies of his including, Elora Danan, the young girl whom he protected in the original film and helped guide her towards her destiny, as their world’s last great hope against the dark forces that want to rule it.
I hope that you all enjoyed reading about the hidden talents and literary excursions of Star Wars cast and crew. If you feel inclined to, please check out their work and let us know in the comments section below what you thought of them, or this article in general. Happy reading, and may the Force be with you.