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New York Times bestselling author Peter David has occasionally released what he calls “useless stories” — things that he’s written but that no producer or publisher will buy, often for legal reasons. Inspired, I offer some useless Star Wars story springboards that keep rattling around my head.

Someone may have already released ideas like these; if so, they’ve escaped my sight, since I haven’t seen all of the Star Wars adventures that have proliferated on page and screen. Let me know if such stories have been released. I’d love to see them.

Princess Leia on the Run

“There’ll be no escape for the princess this time,” C-3PO tells R2-D2 at the beginning of the original 1977 Star Wars. Apparently — as C-3PO implies in the Tatooine desert when he tells R2, “No more adventures!” — Princess Leia and the droids went through a lot of action before their ship approached Tatooine. Perhaps they even had a close call with the fastest ship in the galaxy: the Millennium Falcon.

Rebels and Allies

There’s a Rebel Alliance, but who are the allies? StarWars.com says that the Alliance “formed from resistance movements that arose during the Clone Wars” and includes Senator Bail Organa (Princess Leia’s adopted father) and warrior Saw Gerrera (featured in Rogue One). In Rebels and Allies, these disparate elements quarrel but eventually band together to become, as Commander Tagge told his fellow military men aboard the first Death Star, “more dangerous than you realize.”

Darth Vader: The Hunt for Yoda

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Emperor Palpatine knows that — despite his order to kill all Jedi Knights — the old Jedi Master Yoda is alive but missing. So Palpatine sends Darth Vader to find and murder Yoda. In a subplot, both Vader and Yoda are training new apprentices to carry on the Jedi and Sith traditions — but after the young students meet, they find that they have more in common with each other than with their masters.

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