posted the prelude to Star Wars: From The Adventures of Luke Skywalker. This novelization written by Alan Dean Foster but credited to George Lucas came out six months before the movie and some of the details weren't all nailed down. It was neat to reread it again, especially in the context of this 'road not travelled' approach to a Star Wars campaign I've been trying to work out in my head.
Lucas commissioned Foster to write a follow-up novel, basically to explore the possibilities of a cheap-o sequel. Lucas wanted something lined up if the first movie did well enough to warrant one but not well enough to get a lot of money to do it. I think the original Planet of the Apes movies got stuck in that vicious cycle.
I never finished Splinter when I first bought it, but coming off of finishing the first novel I'm giving it another go. Something pops out at me immediately in the first paragraph. Writers have tells, just like poker players, and it seems that one of Alan Dean Foster's (at least circa '76-'78) was use of the word 'throve' as a past tense of 'thrive' . Zak S. and Evan picked up on this construction in the Star Wars prologue and Foster whips it out again in paragraph one of the follow-up!