Link: Open-Source Star Wars: Why We Should Mourn Ralph McQuarrie | Motherboard

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.

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.

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