I am personally attacking Brin. The guy has no scruples. I am sure he wrote some nice books, and I don't even mind the guy having a negative opinion about SW. But the facts he uses to base his claims are simply not accurate. 1) He thinks Lucas is saying heroism is futile because of where the prequels are heading, but if he would just remember that there is a 2nd trilogy after it (one he has been picking apart for years now by comparing it to Nazi Propoganda) he would be able to see that in the end good and heroism DOES prevail. 2) He claims Lucas is caving into pressure to have females represented in the Jedi Order in AOTC after not having any in Episode I, and there are 3 women on the Jedi Council in TPM. 3) He assumes that because they use the term "Federation" Lucas is trying to slam Star Trek, and then proceeds to act like Lucas is jealous of that series. Lucas has always shown a great deal of respect for the series, citing it as one of his many inspirations. 4) He flat out says that Lucas holds himself up as some sort of Cempbellian expert, when he has done nothing of the sort. I might mention that Brin himself admits to not understanding Campbells research, and pretends SW doesn't fit into a mythological category. I can not tell you his motivations for hating Lucas and SW, but I can tell you that he uses nothing but lies and deceit to paint it in the worst light imaginable. The fact that he publically considers SW inferior to his own work and portends to be able to "save" the SW saga with his own suggestion for a plot twist would be cute if he hadn't already compared the whole saga to "Nazi Propoganda".