But for decades, Lucas has made sure all licensed Star Wars fiction roughly connects back to his canonical stories. Almighty George is a bit too much of a Steve Jobs type — for him, Star Wars is a closed system that must remain controlled and on-brand. That’s why Ralph McQuarrie was so important: he was the open-source alternative.
Link: Open-Source Star Wars: Why We Should Mourn Ralph McQuarrie | Motherboard
There’s a hunger that Star Wars creates in its fans — especially the young ones — that George Lucas can’t fill. It’s a hunger to go far beyond the boundaries of the movies and wander through the vast spaces that the Skywalkers’ story merely hints at.