Having done the requisite searches of this forum (which turned up no results) I'd like to know if anyone out there can tell me what actually composes the "Official" Star Wars Canon that keeps getting mentioned. Obviously the movies as they exist until now compose the base of the Canon. When the novel "Shadows of the Empire" came out, I remember it being a big deal because it had been given inclusion in the official canon. Can anyone confirm this? Has anything else beside the 5 movies been granted "real" status by George Lucas? Thanks for any info!