1978 ***1/2 297 pages
After ghostwriting the novelization of the original Star Wars for George Lucas, Alan Dean Foster was asked to write this sequel, in which Luke and Leia go on a rather simple adventure to the planet Mimban, in search of the Kaiburr crystal. This was commissioned by George Lucas so that a sequel film could be made from it, if Star Wars had only proved to be a moderate success. As history has it, Star Wars far exceeded anyone's expectations, and the film sequel we ended up getting, The Empire Strikes Back is something of a cinematic marvel. Still, it's interesting to read this little yarn, which heavily implies sexual feelings from Luke towards Leia, as it was the very first Star Wars sequel ever written.