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The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons (Star Wars) Paperback – July 21, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: Essential Guides
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1 edition (July 21, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345420683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345420688
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the true Star Wars fan, the Essential Guide to Planets and Moons is crucial. You can keep track of all the places mentioned in the movies, books, and comics with this detailed reference. One hundred locations, from the well-known (Tatooine and Hoth) to the more obscure (J't'p'tan and Taanab), are covered in detail. Each planet, moon, or asteroid is accompanied by information on solar system, terrain, language, and points of interest, along with illustrations of the resident species, intelligent and otherwise. Daniel Wallace investigates each planet's role in the Star Wars saga, while Brandon McKinney and Scott Kolins's comic-style black-and-white drawings help the reader get an idea of what these unique worlds and their inhabitants look like. The Essential Guide series also includes Weapons and Technology, Vehicles and Vessels, and Characters.

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THE ULTIMATE RESOURCE TO THE WORLDS OF THE STAR WARS GALAXY!

From the sun-baked deserts of Tatooine to the frost-bitten snowscape of Hoth to the misty swamps of Dagobah, here's your expert guide to the hundred most fascinating worlds of the extraordinary Star Wars universe. Travel from the Deep Core to the Outer Rim Territories and discover the wonders of:

¸  Kashyyyk--the treacherous, arboreal planet where the Wookiee race dwells among the branches in elevated cities . . . and lethal predators rule the surface
¸  Bespin--the gas planet devoid of solid ground, in whose atmosphere hovers the formidable Cloud City
¸  Endor--The Forest Moon: home to the peaceful but powerful Ewoks and site of a decisive battle in the galactic civil war
¸  Coruscant--center of power, law, history, and culture in the galaxy . . . and once the location of Imperial City, the seat of the dreaded Empire

EXPLORE THE TERRAIN, MEET THE INHABITANTS, AND UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF THESE AND MANY, MANY MORE REMARKABLE DESTINATIONS ON A CAPTIVATING, FULLY-ILLUSTRATED VOYAGE TO THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF A FANTASTIC UNIVERSE!

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Daniel Wallace is a comic book expert, sci-fi sage, and lifelong geek. Author or co-author of more than two dozen books including The Jedi Path, Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman, DC Comics Year by Year, Iron Man Manual, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters, his specialty is exploring the underpinnings of popular fictional universes. An avid genre fan, he has also worked as a professional contributor in the realms of Indiana Jones, Smallville, and Supernatural.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons is definitely the least essential and worst of all of the guides. Instead of going into the culture and ecology of the planets like it should have, it simply tells us the story of whatever adventure our heroes had there. We get that from reading the novels! This book would have been so much neater if it had told us something at all about life on these planets.
We don't even get a neat map of the planets -- instead, a tiny black and white globe that isn't helpful, with a 1"x3" little inset map of the area we have heard most about in the books. Beneath that is a little illustration of a couple of people from that planet, most of them pretty bad and unhelpful. And then we get some more bad pictures of some native flora and fauna and some corny captions beneath them.
This book is quite a waste of time and money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Firesong on May 20, 2007
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This book can be helpful to hard core fans, but it is woefully incomplete and I was not impressed with the tiny artwork. One reviewer here hit it spot on when they said that this book should have focused more on what the planets were like (climate, ecology, civilizations,cultures, mini-history) rather than rehashing the stories from those worlds. It would have been nice if they had explained the meaning of "Agriworlds" And "Industrial Worlds" and their roles in the SW Galaxy. It would have been nice if they'd done the obvious and updated the book to include the Prequel worlds too. And while they were at it, some of the more intrieguing worlds from the obscure corners of the universe like Togoria, Renastasia, Dellallt, Grizmallt,Taris, Or Malachor V.(Heck- since they could included Rafa IV, they could have included some of these) Of corse if they expanded this in the way I'd like to see, it would be a huge richly illustrated tome indeed. But I'd buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on September 28, 2011
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This is probably the worst of the whole essential guide series, specifically because it does not so much focus on the Planets themselves but specifically history involving main characters and the alien species which dwell on these worlds, both of which can be read about in Guide to Chronology and Guide to Alien Species. The art style is a little too cartoony for my tastes as well considering some of the artwork which has been presented in other books of the series this is dissapointing. It does have some interesting info but in my opinion if you want a good in depth look into the Star Wars galaxy and the planets within you are better off skipping this one and buying the newer Star Wars the Essential Atlas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marianne R. Casbolt on July 23, 2009
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Published in 1998, this book doesn't include any of the prequel information or planets. It does, however, have some extended universe stuff. Also, most of the "see also" books listed in the front are out of print now. This book is nothing but a summary of events and where they take place--you won't find anything new or interesting here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnson on July 24, 2008
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The information on websites such as Wookiepedia is much better. It dosn't go in depth, and right now is quite outdated. I was expected maps of the galaxy and planets, but there were none, just a very small section of the planet. I would wait until the Star Wars Atlas (Which I'm extremely excited for) comes out.
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Of all the "essential guides" to the Star Wars universe (characters, vehicles, technology, planets), this is the best effort to date. It brings a truly unifying view to all the elements of the Star Wars saga- films, books, comics, RPG, etcetera. Not all these tales are of the same caliber, of course, and some are downright embarrassing to include in the canon. The Guide to Planets and Moons does the only thing possible: it treats all authors' creations with equal merit, and gives a very fair survey of the 100 most important (debateably so) inhabited worlds in the Star Wars galaxy. The survey runs the gamut from the ubiquitous (Tatooine) to the uncommon (Kashyyyk) to the utterly obscure (Khomm). It includes mention of known characters native to these places and the role each world has played thus far in the events of the ever-expanding Star Wars timeline, thus working as a sort of "Cliff's Notes" for the convoluted saga. The most appealing thing about this approach is that the text is blessedly free of footnotes referring the reader to the hundred-odd abovementioned sources. (These are, however, appendixed at the back.)This creates a feeling of "wholeness" of the saga, which the complete Star Wars library often seems to be lacking.
I nonetheless have one or two complaints. Daniel Wallace's text has an annoying tendency to get melodramatic- Da Soocha V, for instance, was "[devastated] with the speed and fury of burning starfire. In a flash the Pinnacle Moon was no more." Wallace would have been wiser to assume that his readers were fairly hip fans who had already read Dark Empire II, along with most of the other source material.
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Although it is not officially a supplement, I found this book indispensable for gamemastering in the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. The fact is, there really isn't a better resource for finding new places to visit in the Star Wars Universe. Even if you're not into the RPG scene, however, this member of the 'Essential Guide' series is an excellent read.
For some of those, namely the hardcore fans that have read every single Star Wars thing ever published (I cannot claim this title, as I've only read about half of it all) this book might seem a bit redundant. All of the locations are taken from either film or literature, so if you've read all the literature it follows that you'll have seen all of the 100 worlds depicted here at least once. Nevertheless, it is useful to have all of this information in one place, in case you forgot just which world the Ugnaughts come from (Umgul) or how to spell "Mrlsst." The Star Wars Encyclopedia and Guide to the SW Universe have all of this information as well... somewhere. The problem is you have to remember what you were looking for to find it. This book simplifies matters if you just have to know, but can't recall any of it.
For those who are NOT hardcore fans or could care less that Wild Boetays can be found on Garos IV, you probably won't find this guide more than moderately amusing. The other ones in the series (Characters, Vehicles and Vessels, and Weapons and Tech, to name a few) might be more diverting. But for those who are serious about Star Wars (you know who you are) the Guide to Planets and Moons is a really cheap thrill.
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