Star Wars is a science fiction saga,though it should be classified as science fantasy. It was created by George Lucas in 1977, beginning with the film Episode IV A New Hope, and continued into the trilogy of Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI The Return of the Jedi. It has since become a pop culture phenomenom, once of the most commercially successful enterprises of all time. In 1994, George Lucas began writing the screeplays for the prequel trilogy, beginning with Episode I The Phantom Menace, which was released in 1999, starting the fame of the last trilogy all over again. Following The Phantom Menace came 2002's Episode II Attack of the Clones and 2005's Episode III Revenge of the Sith. All films made to the top film lists of the year, and have remained some of the most popular films of all time. In addition to the films, a massive Expanded Universe started in 1978 with Alan Dean Foster's novel Splinter of the Minds Eye, thus has gone in an endless series of novels, graphic novels, TV shows, card games, PC and console video games, action figures, toys and magazines that further expand and flesh out the world of Star Wars.