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Impact of Star Wars and the Expanded Universe

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Those iconic words came onto a screen silently before a blast of fanfare shows the name Star Wars, before scrolling letters move across the screen.
Some might claim that they knew Star Wars would be great in 1977, but could they have imagined what it would continue to do?  Could they imagine six movies with three more on their way?  Could they imagine graphic novels and books that ranged for children in elementary school all the way through adults?
Star Wars was not the first space story.  Indeed, years before stories of Buck Rodgers and the crew from Lost in Space were being told.
What makes Star Wars great?

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