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4.0 out of 5 stars Shiny Happy Atlas for Faraway Galaxy...., September 12, 2009
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This review is from: Star Wars: The Essential Atlas (Paperback)
Back in 2002, "Star Trek Star Charts" was published. Like movie 1 and 5 and the worst episodes of the various series, that book became an example of how NOT to do it. In terms of the star charts, several systems and places were missing entirely, it was overly slim and skimpy, and it did not have a coordinate index.

The "Star Wars Atlas" (an update of 1998's Guide to Planets and Moons) corrects all of the Trek book's mistakes, expands upon its predecessor, and more.

It comes in three sections. Section 1 is a political discussion of that galaxy that almost competes with the best civics courses. The middle section is a selection of some 85 planets. Although there are no detailed planet maps, this lack is offset by fairly complete system descriptions. Section 3 is a long detailed historical atlas, with maps for each era and many topics. Finally, it ends with a very detailed coordinate index, the way any respectable atlas should.

The map of the galaxy is beautiful and detailed, it really should be made into a poster. Also, 'twould be nice to see a companion "planetary atlas" volume published someday. In the meantime, the current atlas is satisfactory, containing most of the stuff you'd ever need for the topic, and lots more besides.
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