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Salon stories inspired by the world's most popular science-fiction fairy tale.

"Star Wars" despots vs. "Star Trek" populists
Why is George Lucas peddling an elitist, anti-democratic agenda under the guise of escapist fun?
By David Brin
(06/15/99)

I was a Jar Jar jackass
How a "Star Wars" fan took aim at a despised Gungan and discovered the power of grass-roots Net campaigning.
By Steve Wilson
(06/08/99)

The fury over jive-talking Jar Jar
"Star Wars" lovers call for Jar Jar's head.
By David Cassel
(05/28/99

The biggest indie film ever made
Inside the Lucas empire with "Phantom Menace" producer Rick McCallum.
By Michael Sragow
(05/20/99)

The spirit is willing, but the Force is weak
Finally, "The Phantom Menace." "Star Wars" fans deserve better.
By Charles Taylor
(05/19/99)

"Star Wars" widows
As their mates obsess over "Star Wars," these women find their relationships crushed under the weight of the Force.
By Cynthia Durcanin
(05/19/99)

Brilliant Careers: The medieval mind of George Lucas
Though he draws on our century's pop culture for his raw material, his vision arises from the Middle Ages.
By Jim Paul
(05/18/99)

Waiting (and waiting) for "The Phantom Menace"
"Crazy K" is so crazy about "Star Wars" movies he's been in the ticket line for weeks.
By Jenn Shreve
(05/17/99)

Star what?
Ten reasons not to see "The Phantom Menace."
By Toby Young
(05/14/99)

The director strikes back
Irvin Kershner, the maker of the best "Star Wars" film, talks about George Lucas and magic moments on the set.
By Michael Sragow
(05/13/99)

20th century boy
It's Ewan McGregor's old-time Hollywood charm that's making him a big-time Hollywood star.
By Stephanie Zacharek
(05/12/99)

The Internet strikes back
Online sleuths piece together the plot of the forthcoming "Star Wars" film -- and post it on the Web.
By Howard Wen
(05/18/98)

The empire triumphant
How "Star Wars" ruined American movies.
By Charles Taylor
(01/27/97)

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Irvin Kershner Director of the best of the "Star Wars" movies?

Star warped What some people will do to get a ticket to the opening.

Ewan McGregor Indie star crosses over.

Take the 19th off and rent a Kurosawa videofest "Phantom Menace" is a waste of time.

The Star Wars trilogy A 1970s time capsule unto itself.

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