STAR WARS BOOK
The Essential Guides


I have listed the books according to the appearance in the Star Wars timeline. They also contain the sleeve description.

If you find anything wrong with this listing, please let me know at dithwheelon@wheelon.com.


The Essential Guide to Characters

The Essential Guide to Characters
by Andy Mangels

Published - November 1995

Buy It Today - Paperback

 
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE EMPIRE! RESEARCH THE REBELS!

  • Features detailed profiles of all the most important characters in the Star Wars universe

  • Covers the movies, the books--classic and new--the comics, the TV specials, the games, and the rest of the expanding universe of Star Wars

  • Describes the history and personality of each character, with vital statistics, weapons of choice, and vehicles used

  • Includes photographs and original line drawings--with multiple illustrations of most characters for better visual reference

  • Brings you up-to-date on recent characters and events if you've been away from the Star Wars universe for a while

THE UNIVERSE OF STAR WARS IS EXPANDING FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE...
WITH THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CHARACTERS IN HAND, YOU'LL NEVER LOSE YOUR WAY.


The New Essential Guide to Characters

The New Essential Guide to Characters
by Daniel Wallace, Mike Sutfin (Illustrator), Andy Star Wars Mangels, Michael Sutfin (Illustrator)

Published - April 2002

Buy It Today - Paperback

 
The Star Wars universe is expanding faster than ever before, and Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters has received an exciting new face-lift-with completely updated text and more than a hundred brand new, full-color illustrations by extraordinary new artist Michael Sutfin.

This all-new Essential Guide features detailed profiles of more than one hundred and thirty characters from across the Star Wars galaxy, including all of your favorites-such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and Mara Jade-as well as, from Episode II:

Jango Fett Count Dooku Anakin Skywalker Zam Wesell

And the key players from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace:

Queen Amidala Qui-Gon Jinn Mace Windu Darth Maul

Here is complete, updated coverage of the novels from the incredible New Jedi Order and all of the classic movies, books, comics, TV specials, games, and the rest of the Star Wars universe.

This must-have book describes the essential history and personal data for each character-with vital statistics, homeworlds, and political affiliations.

More characters, more information, brilliant artwork-the Essential Guides are hotter than ever!


The Essential Chronology

The Essential Chronology
by Kevin J. Anderson/Daniel Wallace

Published - April 2000

Buy It Today - Paperback

 
"After the fall of the Empire, many archives were opened and hidden information came to the attention of scholars across the galaxy. We are at a crux point in history . . . Citizens of the New Republic must know their history--a rich and glorious tradition, [with] many dark mistakes. We must learn from both."
--New Republic Historical Council

The story is one that began many thousands of years before the birth of Luke Skywalker . . . or Anakin Skywalker . . . or even Obi-Wan Kenobi. It spans galaxies, encompasses kingdoms and powerful dynasties, chronicles wars, and charts the rise and fall of individuals who changed the course of their times. Now, at last, the many strands of this extraordinary saga are drawn together--from the original movies, from the novels, from every verifiable source--and tied together in one, comprehensive volume.

  • Learn about the Great Hyperspace War that divided the ancient Jedi Knights

  • Discover the colorful adventures of the rogue heroes Han Solo and Lando Calrissian

  • Experience the overthrow of the Empire, the birth of the New Republic, the founding of Skywalker's Jedi academy, the marriage of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, and much more!

Relive the legendary events. Catch up with the action you missed. Explore the saga of Star Wars from the very beginning--in one, authoritative essential guide!


The Essential Guide to Droids

The Essential Guide to Droids
by Daniel Wallace

Published - March 1999

Buy It Today - Paperback

 
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER . . . DROID!

They can be anything from nursemaids to surgeons, diplomats to assassins. They walk, roll, and fly--and communicate in languages ranging from whistles and beeps to Standard Basic to the most obscure alien dialect. MixRMastRs make drinks in spaceport cantinas, Basilisks make war wherever they're deployed, and IT-O Interrogators make life nightmarish for prisoners of the Empire.

Droids are an integral and indispensable part of the Star Wars universe. And this comprehensive guide surveys all the myriad models and classes--from the lowliest drones to the most sophisticated humanoid automatons.

  • Discover the evolution of the R-series droids, whose members include lumbering technicians and skilled X-wing navigators such as R2-D2

  • Learn the curious history of the MSE-6 "mouse" droids employed exclusively in the bases and on Imperial starships of the Empire

  • Explore the workings of the malevolent Shadow Droids: machines with living, organic brains

  • Uncover how the Rebel's fearsome FIDO (Foreign Intruder Defense Organism) carries out its duties

Whatever its design and wherever it may be found in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, if the subject is droid, its definitive data on development, history, and technology is included in this essential technical guide.


The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology

The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology
by Bill Smith, David Nakabayashi (Illustrator)

Published - November 1997

Buy It Today - Paperback

 
CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON!

If your opponent pulls out a Stokhli Spray Stick, you pull a Heavy Blaster Pistol. That's the way you defend yourself in the Star Wars Universe!

And these are the high-tech weapons found in that famous galaxy long ago and far away. Arm yourself with this comprehensive guide covering everything from the smallest Palm Shooter to the most massive Laser Cannon in the Imperial arsenal.

  • Discover what separates Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber from Darth Vader's energy blade

  • Master the workings of Chewbacca's Wookiee Bowcaster

  • Find out the secret behind a Jawa's trusty Ionization Gun

  • Match the might of a TIE Fighter Ion Cannon against X-Wing Proton Torpedoes

You'll discover detailed data on every key weapon in the Star Wars universe--from the movies to the books and beyond, including the development and history of each weapon.

DESCRIPTIVE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR EVERY ENTRY!

So don't get caught on the wrong end of a Disruptor or a Ryyk Kerarthorr blade--before your next mission, know the essentials!


The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels

The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
by Bill Smith, Doug Chiang (Illustrator), Troy Vigil (Illustrator)

Published - March 1996

Buy It Today - Paperback

 
"THAT'S NO MOON! IT'S A SPACE STATION."

But it wasn't just any space station--it was the most famous battle station in movie history, the Death Star, just one of the dozens of high-tech marvels that are found in the movies, the books, the comics, the games, and everywhere the Star Wars epic continues.
STAR WARS(c): THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO VEHICLES AND VESSELS

  • Features detailed data on the most important spaceships, vehicles, and battle machines in the Star Wars universe.

  • Describes the development and historical importance of each vehicle.

  • Includes detailed illustrations with each entry for instant visual reference.

  • Brings you up-to-date on the latest starcraft technology used by the New Republic, its allies, and its enemies.

THESE ARE THE SHIPS USED TO TRAVEL, EXPLORE, AND CONQUER THE LENGTH AND BREADTH OF THE STAR WARS GALAXY.


The Essential Guide to Alien Species

The Essential Guide to Alien Species
by Ann Margaret Lewis, R. K. Post (Illustrator)

Published - April 2001

Buy It Today - Paperback

 
An astonishing testament to the power of human imagination, the Star Wars epic has become perhaps the most captivating myth of modern times. Now comes the first detailed look at more than 150 of the most fascinating alien species that inhabit this vast galaxy. Who these creatures are, how others see them, how they evolved, where they can be found...it's all here thoroughly researched, brilliantly illustrated, packed with surprising facts, and featuring an exclusive pronunciation guide to the names of the key Star Wars species.

  • Discover the only alien species that can make the savage Tusken Raiders run for cover

  • Learn why the Hutts think they are gods -- and why their infants spend the first fifty years in the dark

  • Compare the tracking skills of the Ewok hunters, the legendary Wookiees, and the secretive Shistavanen wolfmen

  • Explore the powerful bond between the amphibious Gungan and the fiercely loyal kaadu

From Jawas, Slashrats, and Space Slugs, to Weequay, Dugs, and Gank Killers -- get the lowdown on the intriguing denizens in the Star Wars universe.


The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons

The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
by Daniel Wallace, Brandon McKinney (Illustrator)

Published - August 1998

Buy It Today - Paperback

 
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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