Top 10 fantasy freaks and gaming geeks
7. George Lucas
OK, so you hate the "Star Wars" prequels with a passion stronger than a Death Star tractor beam. But aside from "The Lord of the Rings," there's probably no other fantasy or science fiction franchise more influential, and more lucrative, than "Star Wars." The story of the first film, released in 1977, was more heroic romance and Joseph Campbell mash-up than hard SF; still, "Star Wars" and its sequels hit movie screens with an impact whose shock waves still rock Hollywood, publishing, gaming and Legoland. Lucas also founded the special effects company Industrial Light and Magic. Each year, his Star Wars realm keeps expanding like the far, far away galaxy it's set in.