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Star Wars Technical Journal Hardcover – October 10, 1995
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And The Hardware<br><br>How exactly did the Empire come into being? Who are those strange beings who patronize the cantina at Mos Eisley Spaceport? And what exactly makes the Millennium Falcon one of the fastest ships in the galaxy?<br><br>The saga that was born with the line "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." needs no introduction, but the intricacies of the epic tale go far beyond a simple phrase. It is a vast universe that provides the setting for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi; strange creatures known as Jawas deal in used droids, while moisture farmers eke out a living on a harsh and arid desert planet. Rebel forces use whatever material they can muster, bringing it to bear against a vast and technologically advanced Empire that possesses weaponry capable of destroying an entire world in the space of a heartbeat.<br><br>The Star Wars Technical Journal takes an in-depth look at the many and varied elements that comprise the rich
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The Star Wars Technical manual is essentially a collection of the three volumes of the Star Wars Technical Journal published by Starlog Magazine back in the 90's. It is loaded with interesting data, full color pictures, illustrations and blueprints. This was years before the Essential Guides were released and they were considered a major boon of information for those of us desperate to learn more about the Star Wars universe.
The book is broken down to three sections coinciding exactly with the Technical Journal volumes (Planet Tatooine, Imperial Forces, and Rebel Forces). Planet Tatooine is part technical journal and part tourist attraction with a play on, "Follow Luke Skywalker's adventure through the planet!" peppered in. This section gives the bulk of data on the iconic tech like the droids, lightsaber and the Millenium Falcon. Imperial Forces tells the history of the rise of the Empire along with the technology related like the various TIEs, ATs, Death Star and Star Destroyer. Rebel Forces goes with the rise of the rebellion and technical details for all the rebel fighters and larger starcraft. All of the fold out inserts are included from the magazines.
This information is really cool considering it's the first honest attempt at official technical data. Full deck plans on lots of ships as well as lots of neat anecdotal information. Writer Shane Johnson was pretty much an authority on science fiction technical writings having written Star Trek: Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise among others. I believe the journals this book collects were his final tech books before moving on to writing novels.
What really makes this book worth checking out is how surprisingly well the information held out all this time. Lots of technical data on this book is still valid even after over a decade of new tech manuals, encyclopedias and guides. Much of the details also survived the prequels. It's really interesting seeing the similarities like how Darth Vader was born, the rise of the Empire and the speculation on who the Stormtroopers are. It's also aggravating seeing how what was considered established canon just a few years before was changed by Lucas' tinkering around like the origins of C-3PO and Death Star as well as Darth Vader's origin (I know. A bit confusing). Then again some details in the book that have since changed were for the better. This book's rendition of a krayt dragon is laughable compared to newer sources. Also details and origins on Jabba's palace are just plain cooler in the new material.
Seeing the similarities and differences make this book a very interesting read. If you are a hard core, must have the most "accurate" details then of course this book is dated. However from a historical standpoint and if you have interest in seeing how the thinking behind the Star Wars universe evolved then this book is a real treat. As a lover of sci-fi tech books I'm very please I got this book and even after all the changes am still very pleased have this one in my collection.
The three journals included are: 1) Planet Tatooine, 2) The Empire, 3) The Rebellion.
It's interesting to read this book because it's littered with dozens of pictures, diagrams, drawings, and accompanying text. The text is just as interesting to read as the pictures are to look at. This is a very handsomely presented hardcover book and it has a couple fold out posters, if I remember correctly. Great book for a SW fan!