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Using the Force: Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans

Wednesday, May 1st, 2002

By Will Brooker. Henry Jenkins, MIT, author of ‘Textual Poachers’ A compelling account of how fans are transforming Star Wars into the basis for the grassroots production of mythology. Alan McKee, President, Cultural Studies Assoc of Australia This is a wonderful book…intelligent and informed…beautifully written and extremely readable. Sara Gwenllian Jones, co-editor, Intensities: the Journal […]

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A Guide to the Star Wars Universe

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

One of the best ‘guides’ in print. Takes the form of a dictionary, with entries in alphabetical order. Slavicsek definitely knows his stuff, and the information comes from a HUGE number of sources, including the Original Trilogy movies, TV specials and animated series, radio dramatisations, novels (up to and including Zahn’s ‘The Last Command’), ‘Dark […]

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Empire Building

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

by Garry Jenkins Simon & Schuster 1997 This is an UNOFFICIAL story of the making of the Star Wars legend, ie. it was not authorised by Lucas or any of his companies. Make of that what you will. Includes: – early moments in George Lucas’ life – comments on the original drafts, which included characters […]

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Star Wars – The Magic of Myth

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

“Companion volume to the exhibition at The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution” Compares Star Wars (the Original Trilogy) with Classic mythology, discusses cultural and historical influences, and the look of Star Wars. An absolutely fascinating book revealing where Lucas got some of his inspiration from, and trying to explain why Star […]

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Star Wars – The Visual Dictionary

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

Ever wanted a close up view of the inside of a stormtrooper’s helmet? How about an explanation of how a lightsaber works? This 64-page book has photographs and information on the main characters and objects from the original trilogy, as well as some of the lesser-known characters. Some of the objects had to be re-created […]

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Star Wars – The Essential Chronology

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

Del Rey 2000 Written in the style of a history book, this gives a quick review of the ‘Story So Far’, including information taken from the movies, novels, and comics, starting 5000 years before the events of ANH. Published the same month as Greg Bear’s ‘Rogue Planet’, it does include references to this book. It […]

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Dark Forces I – Soldier for the Empire

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

Set pre-ANH Dark Horse Comics – 1997 This is a “graphic story album”, a novella-length story (about 100 pages) illustrated with 25 full-page pictures. It uses characters from the ‘Dark Forces’ and ‘Jedi Knight’ interactive games, although you don’t have to have any knowledge of the games to follow the story. This is the first […]

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Union

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

Also issued as a 4-comic series Set 16 years post-RotJ (Review of the comics) Story — Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade are getting married. If this is a spoiler for you, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! Build-up to the wedding; breaking the news of the engagement, choosing a dress, pre-wedding parties, etc., and a bunch of […]

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Dark Empire II

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

Covers comic issues 1-6 Set 6 years after RotJ Story — So, you thought you’d killed the Emperor, young Skywalker! *evil cackle* (Sorry – got carried away.) This book continues the story of ‘Dark Empire’, only now the bad guys are a bunch of real nasty Imperial warriors, imbibed with Dark Side powers. Leia is […]

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The Last Command

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

Includes comic issues 1-6 Set 5 years after RotJ Based on the novel ‘The Last Command’ by Timothy Zahn. Introduction by Steve Perry Story — same as the novel. Thrawn has the Katana fleet and an apparently endless supply of clones to crew it. Mara is still hell-bent on killing Luke. And the birth of […]

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