The Star Wars Encyclopedia

by Stephen J. Sansweet

Random House Publishing Group | May 1, 1999 | Hardcover

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Its vast history and environs have been explored, studied, and chronicled extensively for more than twenty years. Now, this landmark volume--a definitive reference devoted exclusively to the Star Wars milieu--draws together data from films, radio dramas, novels, short stories, computer games, and more, running the full gamut of this extraordinary galaxy.

From science and technology to history and geography; from culture and biography to ecology and cosmology; from "abo" and "Abrax" to "zwil" and "Zirtran''s Anchor," this all-encompassing, fully illustrated, alphabetical reference covers all the elements which have developed and expanded the Star Wars universe, creating a rich and diverse history that spans millennia. Its scope ranges from the renowned and infamous ("Luke Skywalker," "Darth Vader") to the obscure and enigmatic ("Tnun Bdu"); from the history of the Sith Wars to the Galactic Civil War that pit the Rebel Alliance against the Empire. It introduces us to the natives and customs of planets as diverse as Tatooine and Dagobah, and even to the secrets and beliefs of the Jedi Knights.

As a bonus for the intensive researcher, this massive reference includes the complete timeline of major events in Star Wars history.

Every key element that exists in the world of Star Wars is supplied here--in clearly defined entries that have been researched and written by one of the leading authorities on the Star Wars universe.

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Published: May 1, 1999

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0345915801

ISBN - 13: 9780345915801

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The Star Wars Encyclopedia

The Star Wars Encyclopedia

by Stephen J. Sansweet

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 0 × 0 × 0 in

Published: May 1, 1999

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345915801

ISBN - 13: 9780345915801

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A-1 Deluxe Floater: A luxury air speeder, it features automated steering and fine Corellian leather. It is manufactured by Mobquet Swoops and Speeders. [CCG] A-3DO: A multitalented service droid owned by Jedi Andur Sunrider, the robot was a crack mechanic and copilot who witnessed his master''s death at the hands of a criminal gang headed by Great Bogga the Hutt some 4,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. Called ThreeDee for short, the droid then aided Andur''s wife, Nomi, as she reluctantly trained to learn the ways of the Jedi. [TOJ] A-9 Vigilance Interceptor: An Imperial starfighter, this short-range fighter was introduced about six years after the Battle of Endor, soon after Grand Admiral Thrawn''s defeat. The A-9 Vigilance Interceptor gives up shields and hyperdrive for speed. Faster than TIE interceptors, it''s about equal to the New Republic''s A-wing fighters. Imperial forces use its forward-firing laser cannons for hit-and-run attacks on hardened Republic installations. However, overall performance is less than hoped for because of its limited maneuverabil-ity and relatively weak hull. [DE, SWVG] Aalun, Syron: One of a trio of famous Gand ruetsavii, or observers, who were sent to observe Rogue Squadron pilot Ooryl Qyrgg''s life and determine his worthiness to become janwuine. The highest possible honor in the communal Gand society, janwuine involves the right of an individual to speak of himself in the first person and to use personal pronouns in conversation. The r
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Its vast history and environs have been explored, studied, and chronicled extensively for more than twenty years. Now, this landmark volume--a definitive reference devoted exclusively to the Star Wars milieu--draws together data from films, radio dramas, novels, short stories, computer games, and more, running the full gamut of this extraordinary galaxy.

From science and technology to history and geography; from culture and biography to ecology and cosmology; from "abo" and "Abrax" to "zwil" and "Zirtran''s Anchor," this all-encompassing, fully illustrated, alphabetical reference covers all the elements which have developed and expanded the Star Wars universe, creating a rich and diverse history that spans millennia. Its scope ranges from the renowned and infamous ("Luke Skywalker," "Darth Vader") to the obscure and enigmatic ("Tnun Bdu"); from the history of the Sith Wars to the Galactic Civil War that pit the Rebel Alliance against the Empire. It introduces us to the natives and customs of planets as diverse as Tatooine and Dagobah, and even to the secrets and beliefs of the Jedi Knights.

As a bonus for the intensive researcher, this massive reference includes the complete timeline of major events in Star Wars history.

Every key element that exists in the world of Star Wars is supplied here--in clearly defined entries that have been researched and written by one of the leading authorities on the Star Wars universe.

About the Author

Stephen J. Sansweet was a feature writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer before joining The Wall Street Journal. There, he was named deputy bureau chief in 1983 and, four years later, served as the Journal''s Los Angeles bureau chief. In 1996, Sansweet joined Lucasfilm Ltd. as Director of Specialty Marketing to help promote Star Wars to fans both old and new. He started collecting robots and space toys in the mid-1970s and over the years has created the largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the world. He is the author or coauthor of six books, including The Punishment Cure, Science Fiction Toys and Models, Star Wars: From Concept to Screen to Collectible, Tomart''s Price Guide to Star Wars Collectibles, and Quotable Star Wars: I''d Just as Soon Kiss a Wookiee.
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