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Illustrated Star Wars Universe Paperback – Sep 2 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Sept. 2 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553374842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553374841
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written twenty-seven national bestsellers and has over 15 million books in print worldwide. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers Choice Award.

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A stunning journey, in words and pictures, to eight of the fantastic worlds in the Star Wars(r) universe.

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By A Customer on Sept. 29 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. Beautiful and informative.
I bought it originally for the incredible artwork, but I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of great information on some of the worlds in Star Wars. The text is written by Kevin J. Anderson, but he did a pretty good job on this book.
Still, the crowning glory of this book is the collection of astounding artwork by Ralph McQuarrie. Lots of full-page color paintings with remarkable detail. McQuarrie is the king of SW art, and this is him at his best!
This is a must have for any Star Wars fan, or even one of great artwork, and would make a great present for any Star Wars fan.
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Format: Paperback
Take the artistic talents of acclaimed production artist Ralph McQuarrie and the writing skills of prolific author Kevin J. Anderson (The Jedi Academy Trilogy) and you get The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, a coffee table book that gives readers a glimpse of the various planets showcased in George Lucas' original Star Wars Trilogy (1977-83).
Using McQuarrie's production sketches and paintings for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and other Lucasfilm projects (including the Endor-based television specials of the mid-1980s plus preliminary sketches for the 1997 Special Edition updates), Anderson takes readers on a grand tour of the most important planets seen in the Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader half of the Star Wars Saga. Starting with Tatooine, the desert world that is the home world to both Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke and ending with Alderaan, the planet where Princess Leia was hidden from her father and was doomed to be destroyed by the Death Star, eight planets are described in individual chapters, each told not by one omniscient narrator but by eight different observers, each with his or her point of view and/or political agenda.
For instance, while the chapter on Tatooine is an anthropologist's dispassionate and scientific report on the desert planet's hostile environment and its hardy inhabitants (ranging from the nomadic and hostile Tusken Raiders and scavenging Jawas to the resilient human moisture farmers and their homesteads), the description of Coruscant, the massive city-planet which was once the seat of power of the Old Republic and is the capital of Emperor Palpatine's Galactic Empire, is a pro-Imperial propaganda article authored by Pollus Hax, the Emperor's chief public relations expert and "spin doctor.
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Format: Paperback
The Illustrated Star Wars Universe is unlike other Star Wars books because its purpose is not to entertain by way of action or plot and not to inform like a reference book. Its purpose is to show the various places in the universe that were and might not have been shown in the movies. The illustrations were excellent, and it was especially good to see some of the earlier versions of some places we got to know in the movies. I ask that you understand this before buying so that you don't buy it and think it was bad because you thought it is something other than what it is, a collection of depicting artwork.
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A very good and complete collection of art, great print quality. It goes in depth significantly, most images have writing to explain them. Very fun to look at the original concepts of the original trilogy.
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This book really showcases the beautiful artwork of Ralph McQuarrie, who helped establish the look of the Star Wars films way back at the dawn of the story as we know it. In this book we see fascinating early visual drafts of things that we would later see in the movies. Most of it was impossibly fantastic to ever get filmed at the time but maybe we'll see some of it in the next two movies.
The chapters on Alderan and Bespin are particular fascinating and beautiful.
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Format: Hardcover
This book fleshes out all of the worlds featured in the STAR WARS TRILOGY, Episodes 4-6, from Dagobah and Tatooine to Coruscant and Alderaan! Each world has its own chapter, which has a splendid and detailed narrative. To illustrate the narratives a wealth of Ralph McQuarrie's exquisite paintings (created for the production of the Trilogy) are featured. A well-done book and a must-have for any STAR WARS fan or sci-fi art buff.
--RK
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By Mike on March 28 2000
Format: Paperback
This is one of the must haves for a true Star Wars fan. It is a coffee table book, like Dinotopia. Its stunning illustrations follow the reader through the Star Wars Universe, earning points for believability, and romanticism along the way. Though not a true novel, the text is good for guiding one through the drawings on the book. You have to know that you are not getting a novel, but for a Star Wars fan it hardly matters.
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Format: Hardcover
The story being wrapped together with Ralph and Kevin working in concert is spectacular I love both of there work and I would to tell you that is is a great thing to see the works of two men and other to collaborate together to put this book out. I commend them for there work! I can't wait to see what is store for us in the future. I have 45 novels,books,guides of Star Wars. This book is a great addition to my collection.
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