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Star Wars Encyclopediaby Stephen J Sansweet
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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.
The only book of its kind: a definitive, single-volume reference guide to the Star Wars universe!
This landmark volume draws together a wealth of data from the classic films, as well as the spinoff radio dramas, novels, short stories, computer games, and every other part of the STAR WARS epic. From science, technology, history, and geography to culture, biography, ecology, and cosmology; and from the renowned and infamous ("Luke Skywalker" "Darth Vader") to the obscure and enigmatic ("Tnun Bdu"), this one-of-a-kind reference encompasses every element of Star Wars' rich, diverse history.
Here are the details of the Sith Wars and the Galactic Civil War that pit the Rebel Alliance against the Empire; the natives and customs of planets as diverse as desert-covered Tatooine and swamp-filled Dagobah; the secrets and beliefs of the Jedi Knights; and, as a bonus, the complete timeline of major events in Star Wars history. It's all clearly defined and engagingly explained in alphabetical entries by one of the leading authorities on the world of Star Wars.
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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