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Encyclopedia > Splinter of the Mind's Eye
The original paperback cover.
The original paperback cover.

Splinter of the Mind's Eye is a Star Wars novel written by Alan Dean Foster and originally published in 1978 by Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books. It is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Splinter of the Minds Eye, 1978 This image is a book cover. ... Splinter of the Minds Eye, 1978 This image is a book cover. ... Alan Dean Foster (born November 18, 1946) is a prolific writer of science fiction and fantasy novels and movie novelizations. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ...


The principal characters are Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Darth Vader. Originally, the book was to be the basis for a sequel to A New Hope, if the film proved unsuccessful. Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (born in 19 BBY), born Leia Amidala Skywalker, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by Aiden Barton in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, actress Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI, and by Ann... C-3PO (pronounced See-Threepio, called 3PO for short) is a character from the fictional Star Wars universe. ... For the weapons system nicknamed R2-D2, see Phalanx CIWS. R2-D2 (pronounced Artoo Detoo, called R2 for short), is an astromech droid and colleague of C-3PO in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Darth Vader, born Anakin Skywalker, (41. ...


Plot summary

Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are traveling to Circarpous IV for a Rebel underground meeting in an attempt to take the Circarpousians into the Rebel Alliance. Leia's ship experiences problems; she is forced to land on Circarpous V, Mimban, a foggy, swampy planet. Luke follows. A strange colorful energy storm caused by energy mining forces their ships down in a crash landing. Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa Solo of Alderaan (born 19 BBY), a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by actress Carrie Fisher in the films and by Ann Sachs in the 1980s radio drama. ... Olivia Amador ... The symbol of the Rebel Alliance . In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Rebel Alliance, or more formally, the Alliance to Restore the Republic, was an interstellar political resistance force formed in direct military opposition to the Galactic Empire. ... Mimban is the fifth planet in the Circarpous system, in the Expansion Region. ...


Luke exits his X-Wing and, with Artoo-Detoo, begins searching for Leia's Y-Wing. He finds it; Leia is there as well as C-3PO. They all begin walking in search of a beacon that could possibly be a station that would allow them to get off the planet. X-wing fighters on their way into battle in a still from Star Wars. ... For the weapons system nicknamed R2-D2, see Phalanx CIWS. R2-D2 (pronounced Artoo Detoo, called R2 for short), is an astromech droid and colleague of C-3PO in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... The Y-wing, built by Koensayr, is one of the Rebel starfighters in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... C-3PO (pronounced See-Threepio, called 3PO for short) is a character from the fictional Star Wars universe. ...


Instead, they find a mining town; Leia sees that the Empire has a secret energy mine here. They enter unnoticed, steal some mining clothes, change into them, and enter a bar. An Imperial suspects, so he investigates, and to cover up Luke and Leia's true identities, Luke claims that Leia is his servant girl. The Imperials no longer suspect. An old woman named Halla comes over and quietly talks to Luke and Leia; she identifies Luke as one who is strong with the Force. Then the old woman takes out a splinter of a glowing crystal that she identifies as the Kaiburr crystal, which to Luke seems to magnify and focus the Force to a Force-sensitive. She has but a shard of the crystal; she is in search of the whole thing. She strikes a deal with Luke and Leia that if they help Halla find the Kaiburr crystal, Halla will help Luke and Leia get off the planet. They all exit together. In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Galactic Empire was the regime established by Palpatine to replace the Galactic Republic. ... Imperial is a term that is used to describe something that relates to an Empire, Emperor, or the concept of Imperialism. ... Halla-san (한라산) is an extinct volcano on Jeju Island of South Korea. ... The Force in George Lucas Star Wars films is a (fictional) mystical power which is the object of the Jedi and Sith monastic orders. ... The Facts (The Canon Breakdown) The Kaiburr crystal was a powerful, glowing Force relic that was located on the planet Mimban. ... Force sensitivity is a condition in the fictional Star Wars Universe where a life form possess a natural connection to The Force. ...


Upon emerging, Leia admonishes Luke for slapping her in the restaurant and calling her his servant girl; Luke falls off the walkway and into the mud. He pulls Leia down with him. They begin playfully fighting as some miners emerge from the building. They claim that fighting in public is against Imperial law here, so they all get into a brawl.


Imperial stormtroopers bring everyone, except for Halla, C-3P0, and Artoo-Detoo, who all hid in the shadows, to the local jail. They are all questioned by Captain-Supervisor Grammel. The miners who confronted Luke and Leia are taken away while Grammel continues questioning with Luke and Leia. Grammel discovers and confiscates the crystal shard after having already confiscated Luke's weapons, most prominently his lightsaber. Luke and Leia are placed in the maximum security cell with two drunken, but friendly to Luke, Yuzzem named Hin and Kee, while Captain-Supervisor Grammel reports the incident and the crystal shard to the region's governor, Governor Essada. Imperial stormtroopers are extensively trained shock troops in the fictional Star Wars universe under command of the Galactic Empire. ... C-3PO (also spelled See-Threepio, called 3PO for short) is a character from the fictional Star Wars universe. ... A lightsaber handle The lightsaber is the traditional weapon of the fictional Jedi Knights in the Star Wars universe. ...


Halla shows up in the jail cell's window. She, having claimed to be a master of the Force, uses the Force to lift up the food tray through the jail bars and over to the open/close mechanism so that the jail cell opens. The two large, hairy, and muscular Yuzzem go on a rampage killing Imperials while Luke and Leia make their way to the exit. The two Yuzzem catch up with Luke and Leia as they all exit the jail together; the Yuzzem give Luke and Leia their weapons.


The four make their way to a pre-specified meeting point. They find Halla there, who steals a vehicle. They all begin making their way to the place where Halla believes the Kaiburr crystal to be, the Temple of Pomojema. As they are driving through the swamplands with little pursuit due to Luke's quick thinking, they encounter a large, pale white worm with huge jaws. It begins chasing them; eventually they all must exist the vehicle. Luke and Leia split up with Halla, C-3P0, Artoo-Detoo, Hin, and Kee; Halla's group loses the wandrella creature, while Luke and Leia are still being chased.


Luke and Leia find a deep well into which they climb down vines and hide on a ledge. The wandrella finds them but falls down the well in an attempt to get to them. Its massive body takes the climbing vines that acted as ladders with it. Luke and Leia wait for some time until Halla's group finds them. There is no way back up, so Luke and Leia are told by Halla that there should be a passageway back up to the surface in the back of the ledge on which they are sitting. Halla's group leaves to make their way to the ground-level end of the passageway while Luke and Leia journey through it.


Luke and Leia encounter a lake, onto which they must float using a lily pad–like boat; they encounter another creature in the black waters of the underground lake, but Luke makes it go away with his father's lightsaber. They get to an abandoned underground city where they are stalked and attacked by some Coway guards/patrols. All but one Coway are dispatched; the one goes off and tells his Coway tribe about the visitors. Luke and Leia follow the single Coway to the tribe. This soft redirect exists to avoid revealing a critical plot twist without warning. ...


There, Luke and Leia see that Halla's group made it to the other side of the passageway and had already made their way into it to meet up with Luke and Leia, but here they have been tied up by the Coway. To save his friends, Luke must fight the Coway's champion fighter; Luke wins. The Coway then become friends and feast with Luke, Leia, Halla, Hin, and Kee. But Luke, in the Force, senses Darth Vader. Coway patrols race over to the tribe and confirm Luke's feeling: Imperials, led by Darth Vader and Captain-Supervisor Grammel, are attacking the underground cave. Darth Vader, born Anakin Skywalker, (41. ...


The Coway tribe and the protagonists prepare for the attack. The Imperials arrive, but they are surprised by the Coway tribe's powerful response and the Imperials face a debacle. Darth Vader and Captain-Supervisor Grammel retreat with very few surviving stormtroopers. Darth Vader and Grammel leave in search of the Temple of Pomojema while Luke and company steal an Imperial transport left behind. They travel to the temple as well.


Upon arriving at the temple, Luke, Leia, Halla, Hin, and Kee exit to find the Kaiburr crystal and the fact that they have beaten Grammel and Vader to the temple. They encounter yet another creature with large jaws; they try to fight it off with ineffectual blasters. Luke tells Hin and Kee to go get some rifles. Luke finally decides that cutting down one of the pillars holding up the temple will crush the creature; it does. They all then make their way back to the Kaiburr crystal located in the back of the temple.


The two Yuzzem, Hin and Kee, never return. Luke wonders why, but then is crushed by rubble that fell from the cracking, ancient ceiling. Darth Vader then enters the Temple of Pomojema after having turned off the droids and killed Captain-Supervisor Grammel, Kee, and supposedly Hin. Leia takes up Luke's lightsaber and begins fighting Darth Vader, with little success; she is badly injured. Hin, badly injured, shows up and lifts the big rock off of Luke's leg. Luke then fights Darth Vader until Vader is supposedly about to win, but instead falls into a pit; Luke senses that this does not kill Vader. As the story ends, a healed Leia and Luke drive off with their droids and with Halla into the mists of Mimban, ready to take on further off-world adventure.


Trivia

  • Although George Lucas is credited with writing the original Star Wars novel, it was actually written by Alan Dean Foster. His early involvement in the Star Wars universe gave him the opportunity to write the first Expanded Universe novel.
  • At the time it was written, the familial relationship between Luke, Leia, and Darth Vader had yet to be revealed (or possibly thought of). Therefore, some inconsistencies are evident and unavoidable, most noticeably the sexual tension depicted in between Luke and Leia in this book which in retrospect would be considered inappropriate. Although Lucas claimed to have had the Star Wars saga mapped out even at this early stage, the fact he allowed this plot element to remain in Foster's novel has been cited as evidence that he hadn't yet decided upon the family aspect at this point. However, Lucas has stated before, that this tension was purposefully there, to show that the two had feelings for one another, but didn't know exactly what type of feelings.
  • When Luke touches the splinter of the Kaiburr crystal he feels his awareness of the Force greatly expanded. However when Leia touches it, she feels nothing. This is later contradicted both in EU sources and in Return of the Jedi when Luke says that Leia has Force abilities as well. In the comic version Leia doesn't touch the splinter, end-running that particular problem.
  • Additional inconsistencies exist such Luke having to recharge his lightsaber (which is revealed in other EU sources as having a lifelong power source).
  • The book was adapted as a graphic novel by Terry Austin and Chris Sprouse and published by Dark Horse Comics in 1996.
  • According to an interview with Alan Dean Foster in Empire magazine, the book was written to be filmed as a low budget sequel if Star Wars was not a huge success. That's why it takes place almost entirely on a fog shrouded planet. Additionally, Harrison Ford was not signed for the sequel as of the writing of the book, which is why Han Solo does not appear in it.
  • The Kaiburr Crystal was originally developed in the second incarnation of Lucas' "The Star Wars" script. The script for A New Hope was a revised version of the fourth script which only contained some dialogue contributions by Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck.

George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Alan Dean Foster (born November 18, 1946) is a prolific writer of science fiction and fantasy novels and movie novelizations. ... Splinter of the Minds Eye, 1978 The Expanded Universe (also known as the EU) encompasses all of the officially licensed, fictional background of the Star Wars universe, outside of the six feature films produced by George Lucas. ... Sexual tension is a plot device employed in movies and books in which two or more of the characters feel sexual longing for one another, but in which those desires are not consummated in any physical action. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Terry Austin is an American comic book artist, working primarily as an inker. ... Chris Sprouse (born in Alexandria, Virginia on July 30, 1966) is an American comic book artist. ... Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book publisher, one of the largest independent publishers behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Emap Consumer Media since July 1989. ... Harrison Ford Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor who, between 1977 and 1983, appeared in what were then the top ten highest-grossing movies of all time. ... Han Solo (born 29 BBY), a character in the fictional Star Wars universe, is played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars film series. ...

ISBN Information

  • Splinter of the Mind's Eye, 1978. Alan Dean Foster, ISBN 0-345-32023-9


Star Wars Expanded Universe

Spin-off films
The Star Wars Holiday Special
Caravan of Courage | The Battle for Endor
Spin-off TV series
Star Wars: Droids | Star Wars: Ewoks | Star Wars: Clone Wars
Star Wars: Live-Action TV Series
Books and comics
Splinter of the Mind's Eye | The Thrawn Trilogy | Dark Empire
The Jedi Academy trilogy | The New Jedi Order
The Dark Nest trilogy | Legacy of the Force
Games
Knights of the Old Republic | Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Dark Forces | Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II | Jedi Outcast | Jedi Academy
Galaxies | Battlefront | Battlefront II | The Clone Wars
Other Projects
Shadows of the Empire | The Clone Wars | Star Tours Star Wars began with a 13-page treatment for a space adventure movie which George Lucas drafted in 1973, inspired by multiple myths and classic stories. ... Splinter of the Minds Eye, 1978 The Expanded Universe (also known as the EU) encompasses all of the officially licensed, fictional background of the Star Wars universe, outside of the six feature films produced by George Lucas. ... The Star Wars Holiday Special was a two-hour television special (including commercials) set in the Star Wars galaxy. ... Categories: Star Wars films | 1984 films | Movie stubs ... Ewoks: Battle for Endor (1985), retitled Star Wars Ewok Adventures: Battle for Endor for the DVD release, is a made-for-TV movie set in the Star Wars galaxy and sequel to The Ewok Adventure. ... Star Wars: Clone Wars (November 7, 2003 - present) is an animated Star Wars television series that chronicles the Clone Wars between the Republic under Chancellor Palpatine and the Confederacy of Independent Systems under Count Dooku. ... A Star Wars live-action TV series has been announced by Star Wars creator George Lucas. ... This is a list of Star Wars books. ... This is a list of comic books set in the Star Wars fictional universe. ... The cover to the first book of the trilogy, Heir to the Empire. ... Dark Empire was a comic series produced by Dark Horse Comics set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... The Jedi Academy Trilogy is a trilogy of novels set in the Star Wars universe. ... The characters from The New Jedi Order series, based on artists renderings. ... The Dark Nest Trilogy is a trilogy of science fiction novels set in the Star Wars universe 35-36 years ABY. The series serves as a follow up to the events of the New Jedi Order The trilogy was written by Troy Denning. ... The logo for the Legacy of the Force Era The Legacy of Force is a series of 9 science fiction novels set in the Star Wars fictional universe from 37 ABY to an unspecified time. ... This is a list of the LucasArts Star Wars games. ... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) is an RPG video game originally for the Microsoft Xbox and later for PCs running Microsoft Windows. ... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (KOTOR II) is an RPG video game for the PC and the Microsoft Xbox. ... Star Wars: Dark Forces is a video game produced by the LucasArts Entertainment Company. ... Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (SWG) is a Star Wars themed MMORPG for the PC, developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts Entertainment. ... Star Wars: The Clone Wars Categories: Computer and video game stubs | Star Wars computer games | 2002 computer and video games | Xbox games | PlayStation 2 games | GameCube games ... Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was a multimedia project created by Lucasfilm in 1996. ... The initial battle of the Clone Wars: The Battle of Geonosis In the Star Wars saga, The Clone Wars, (also known as the Clone War) were a series of intergalactic battles that took place from 22 BBY to 19 BBY. The Clone Wars were featured in the second and third... Star Tours is a simulator ride located in many of the Disney theme parks, including Disneyland Park in California, Disney-MGM Studios in Florida, Disneyland Paris in France, and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. ...


 
 

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