When George Lucas was making the original Star Wars movie, he had no idea if it was going to be a success or a giant flop. He planned for the future by having author Alan Dean Foster write a sequel novel to A New Hope. But this is not the story of The Empire Strike Back. Instead it is the story of Luke and Leia on a mission to track down a mysterious crystal that amplifies the Force. Meanwhile Darth Vader is tracking them down and it becomes a race to see who gets to the crystal first. Obviously this novel doesn't fit in any canon and yet it remains popular and continues to be published even today. Ron takes a look at this novel and it's historic impact on the Star Wars saga!