Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $22.95
  • Save: $2.97 (13%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 9 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Essential Guide to Pl... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book has light wear throughout and makes a perfect reading copy. Dust jacket may be missing. Stock photo may be different from actual book cover.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

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

4.2 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$19.98
$10.74 $2.42

Springer featured resources in physics
Discover featured physics titles from Springer
$19.98 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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.

From the Inside Flap

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!
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

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 (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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!
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic effort. The latest Essential Guide covers a pretty complete listing of Planets and moons in the Star Wars Universe. The only problem with the book is it is missing a few things, but that is expected. The Star Wars Universe is too big to include every planet and moon in one book, so all the major ones are included here, and does a very nice job. For under 20 dollars, its a very nice addition to any Star Wars Fan's Book collection. The information is thorough, and is designed very well. Very well done!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons (Star Wars)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons (Star Wars)

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: star gazing, space quest, star guide