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MINDCANDY

A weekly rummage in the attic of sci-fi

Now here's a thing of beauty: legendary concept artist Ralph McQuarrie's original production painting for the climax of The Empire Strikes Back. Bested by Vader in a lightsaber duel, Luke Skywalker clings to the underside of Cloud City, his mind suddenly exploding with parental relationship issues. Note that he still has two functioning hands in this vision of the film's final reel showdown...

Nick Setchfield
Nick Setchfield

Nick Setchfield is the Editor-at-Large for SFX Magazine, writing features, reviews, interviews, and more for the monthly issues. However, he is also a freelance journalist and author with Titan Books. His original novels are called The War in the Dark, and The Spider Dance. He's also written a book on James Bond called Mission Statements.