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Illustrated Star Wars Universe Paperback – Sep 2 1997
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
The chapters on Alderan and Bespin are particular fascinating and beautiful.
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Probably one of KJA's best contributions to SW, with clever reuse of concept art and a wide variety of viewpoints. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2013 by Philippe Robert-Staehler
Awesome Illustrations and enjoyable narratives to go along with them. Lots of fun.Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Don
Ralph is one of the Best Illustrators that i know.His work is very inspirating for me.If you are true fan of Star Wars you just need this book. Read morePublished on July 17 2002 by Petr Pour
This incredible book help you feel like all the Star Wars universe and its planets are real. You read the accounts of the "writers" and you think that they really... Read morePublished on April 6 2002 by Fernando Mujica
Out of all the Star Wars books i've read this was the worst one. The only reason i gave it 2 stars is becase of the art work. Read morePublished on April 23 1999
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