This question has come to me many times. After i first saw the movies when i was 7 years old and read many of the books in later years, i began searching for a novel or a series that was similar ot star wars but not a complete knockoff. I've tried many different authors like Tolkein, Asimov, and McDevitt but I was never able to really find any other sci-fi i really liked. Then, one day in Barnes and Noble i was browsing through the sci-fi department like many times before when a yellow paperback caught my eye: Santiago, A Myth of the Far Future by Mike Resnick. Somehow, I knew this was the book. Here a plot summary from Amazon: Santiago is the most notorious criminal in the galaxy with a price on his head like no other man past or present. He is a legend of close to mythic proportions. The only problem is no one has ever seen his face or dealt with him directly in his many years of looting and pillaging. This doesn't, of course, keep every bounty hunter on the galactic rim from trying to hunt him down. Sebastian Cain is one such bounty hunter, a disillusioned freedom fighter who decided to start killing people for profit once he realized all of his fighting to make the universe a better place was futile. The book begins with his receiving a simple tip in a small out of the way bar that puts him on the trail of the most notorious criminal in history. His adventures take him to many ports of call and he crosses paths with gamblers, assassins, a gun toting preacher, a starving artist, a sentient spaceship, alien indians and even a reporter or two. The only problem is that The Angel, the best bounty hunter in the biz, is also close to figuring out the puzzle that is Santiago. The book is a race, a chase, an adventure of the highest order and makes the point that nothing is ever really what it seems. I was partially wondering if anyone else read this fantastic book or if they had any other recomendations for someone like me who is looking for novels similar to star wars.