A hardcover or hardback book is one bound with rigid protective covers. It has a sewn spine which allows the book to lie flat on a surface when opened. Following the ISBN sequence numbers, books of this type may be identified by the abbreviation Hbk. Hardcover books are printed on acid-free paper, they are much more durable than paperbacks, which have flexible damaged paper covers. Hardcover books are marginally more costly to manufacture. Hardcovers are protected by artistic dust jackets, but a "jacketless" alternative is becoming popular: these "paper-over-board" or "jacketless hardcover" bindings forgo the dust jacket in favor of printing the cover design directly onto the board binding. If brisk sales are anticipated, a hardcover edition of a book is released first, followed by a "trade" paperback edition the next year; some publishers publish paperback originals. For popular books these sales cycles may be extended, followed by a mass market paperback edition typeset in a more compact size and printed on shallower, less hardy paper.
This is intended to, in part, prolong the life of the immediate buying boom that occurs for some best sellers: After the attention to the book has subsided, a lower-cost version in the paperback, is released to sell further copies. In the past the release of a paperback edition was one year after the hardback, but by the early twenty-first century paperbacks were released six months after the hardback by some publishers, it is unusual for a book, first published in paperback to be followed by a hardback. An example is the novel The Judgment of Paris by Gore Vidal, which had its revised edition of 1961 first published in paperback, in hardcover. Hardcover books are sold at higher prices than comparable paperbacks. Books for the general public are printed in hardback only for authors who are expected to be successful, or as a precursor to the paperback to predict sale levels. Hardcovers consist of a page block, two boards, a cloth or heavy paper covering; the pages are sewn together and glued onto a flexible spine between the boards, it too is covered by the cloth.
A paper wrapper, or dust jacket, is put over the binding, folding over each horizontal end of the boards. Dust jackets serve to protect the underlying cover from wear. On the folded part, or flap, over the front cover is a blurb, or a summary of the book; the back flap is. Reviews are placed on the back of the jacket. Many modern bestselling hardcover books use a partial cloth cover, with cloth covered board on the spine only, only boards covering the rest of the book. Bookbinding Paperback
Mission from Mount Yoda
Mission from Mount Yoda is the fourth book of the Jedi Prince series by Paul Davids and Hollace Davids, was released in February 1993. It's followed by the novel Queen of the Empire. With Trioculus imprisoned in carbonite, the Prophets meet in Kadann's Chamber of Dark Visions to hear his new prophecy on the leadership of the Empire. Kadann spoke in quatrains, prophesying that Trioculus would never again get the blessing to be leader, the new leader is on Duro and about the last days of the Rebel Alliance; as the Prophets concoct a plan to retrieve Trioculus' body and destroy it, Luke and Han fly to Dagobah. The rebels began to colonize Dagobah by building a school, which Ken is to attend, a fortress that served as the Defense Research and Planetary Assistance Center, DRAPAC. DRAPAC was based on Mount Yoda, was the subject of Kadann's prophecy When the dragon pack, Perched upon Yoda's stony back, Receives a visitor pierced by gold, Then come the last days of the Rebel Alliance. While there, a Duros, brings news that the planet Duro is under attack by Imperial stormtroopers, who are stealing artifacts.
Though he managed to save some, one was a golden crown, booby trapped and stabbed Dustini fulfilling the prophecy. As the Rebels send a mission to Duro to stop the Empire, the Prophets destroy the block of carbonite, only to discover it was fake and Trioculus was still alive. In a secret cavern on Duro, Luke and Ken encounter Triclops, the true son of Palpatine. Though the Imperials attacked trying to abduct Triclops, with his help the rebels escaped and brought Triclops back to DRAPAC, with him promising to bring down his father's Empire. Mission from Mount Yoda on Wookieepedia, a Star Wars wiki Official CargoBay Listing
The Death Star is a type of fictional mobile space station and galactic superweapon featured in the Star Wars space-opera franchise. The first Death Star, introduced in the original Star Wars film, is stated to be more than 100 km in diameter, is crewed by an estimated 1.7 million military personnel and 400,000 droids. The second Death Star, which appears in Return of the Jedi is larger, between 160 km to 900 km in diameter, technologically more powerful than its predecessor. Both versions of these moon-sized fortresses are designed for massive power-projection capabilities, each capable of destroying an entire planet with a single blast from their superlasers. Although details, such as the superlaser's location, shifted between different concept models during production of Star Wars, the notion of the Death Star being a large, spherical space station over 100 kilometers in diameter was consistent in all of them. George Lucas gave the original task of designing a "Death Star" to concept artist and spaceship modeler Colin Cantwell, who had collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In a 2016 interview, Cantwell related that "I didn't plan for the Death Star to have a trench, but when I was working with the mold, I noticed the two halves had shrunk at the point where they met across the middle." As it "would have taken a week of work just to fill and sand and refill this depression," Cantwell suggested a trench to Lucas to save the labor. Lucas liked the idea, the Death Star model was created by John Stears; the buzzing sound counting down to the Death Star firing its superlaser comes from the Flash Gordon serials. Portraying an incomplete yet powerful space station posed a problem for Industrial Light & Magic's modelmakers for Return of the Jedi. Only the front side of the 137-centimeter model was completed, the image was flipped horizontally for the final film. Both Death Stars were depicted by a combination of complete and sectional models and matte paintings; the Death Star explosions featured in the Special Edition of A New Hope and in Return of the Jedi are rendered with a Praxis effect, wherein a flat ring of matter erupts from the explosion.
The grid plan animations shown during the Rebel briefing for the attack on the Death Star late in A New Hope were an actual computer-graphics simulation from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory made by Larry Cuba and Gary Imhoff as part of a CalArts project, had been included during filming. After filming was complete, the original model was thrown out; the original Death Star was introduced in the original Star Wars film, which had elements of its backstory explored in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars, Rogue One. The second Death Star appears in Return of the Jedi, a similar superweapon, the Starkiller Base, appears in The Force Awakens. Wreckage from one of the first two Death Stars appears to play some role in the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker; the original Death Star's completed form appears in Star Wars: A New Hope, known as the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station, or Project Stardust in Rogue One. Commanded by Governor Tarkin, it is the Galactic Empire's "ultimate weapon", a huge spherical battle station 160 kilometers in diameter capable of destroying a planet with one shot of its superlaser.
The film opens with Princess Leia transporting the station's schematics to the Rebel Alliance to aid them in destroying the Death Star. To mark the Death Star being operational, Tarkin orders the Death Star to destroy Leia's home world of Alderaan in an attempt to press her into giving him the location of the secret Rebel headquarters. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2 are pulled aboard the station by a tractor beam, where they discover and manage to rescue Princess Leia; as they make their escape, Obi-Wan dies duelling Darth Vader, enabling the others to flee the station. Luke returns as part of a fighter force to attack its only weak point: a ray-shielded particle exhaust vent leading straight from the surface directly into its reactor core. Luke was able to launch his fighter's torpedoes into the vent, impacting the core and triggering a catastrophic explosion, which destroyed the station before it could use its superlaser weapon to annihilate the Rebel base on Yavin 4.
The first Death Star's schematics are visible in the scenes on Geonosis in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones showcasing the early development of the Death Star prototype, the Death Star plans were designed by Geonosians led by Archduke Poggle the Lesser, a member of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, is shown early in construction at the end of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The Death Star plans are a central plot-point in the 2016 film Rogue One and the original 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope; the Death Star began as a Geonosian design, but became operational after nearly two decades of work by a team of brilliant scientists sequestered on the rainswept world of Eadu. Led by a reluctant Galen Erso, the Death Star scientists seek to fuse kyber-crystal shards into larger structures and use those crystals to amplify energy into a stable beam powerful enough to destroy an entire planet; the Clone Wars Legacy story reel from the unfinished Crystal Crisis on Utapau episodes revealed that the reason General Grievous was on Utapau in Revenge of the Sith was to acquire enormous kyber crystals, which were required to power the Death Star's superlaser.
A hologram from the original Death Star is visible in a scene at the Resistance base in Star Wars: Episode VII
The Black Fleet Crisis
The Black Fleet Crisis is a trilogy set in the Star Wars expanded universe. The books take place 16 years after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. All three novels were authored by Michael P. Kube-McDowell and published by Bantam Books between March 1996 and November 1998. Before the Storm ISBN 0-553-57273-3, published March 1, 1996 Shield of Lies ISBN 0-553-57277-6, published August 1, 1996 Tyrant's Test ISBN 0-553-57275-X, published December 1, 1996 The Black Fleet Crisis begins in a time of peace for the New Republic, the first time a chance occurs for the Rebel Alliance to turn their attention to more personal concerns; the outbreak of the Black Fleet Crisis ends a period of relative peace in the galaxy. Yevethan forces using captured Imperial ships begin a genocidal campaign to conquer the Koornacht Cluster by killing all non-Yevethans; the New Republic is forced to fight in its own defense, as well as to rescue hostages held by the Yevethans. After obtaining an image of Han as a battered hostage, Chewbacca goes on a desperate rescue mission.
Luke Skywalker travels to Fallanassi, in search of her and her people. Luke meets a mysterious and secretive sect of Force users who are total pacifists. Luke learns new Force techniques and philosophies from them, gains their help to aid the New Republic in one battle. Leia is the only person who doesn't have a chance to rest, who because of her fame, what others expect of her, her sense of duty and obligation, she has become a prisoner of the Presidency, but she is far too tired, stressed beyond her limits, fragile, she's only two steps away from a serious personal crisis of her confidence. Nil Spaar, the shrewd, coldblooded Machiavellian Viceroy of the Yevethan Protectorate, sees that as an opportunity he can exploit and an opportunity to destroy the New Republic from within; the first act of the Battle of N'zoth was before the New Republic hyperspaced its warships into the vicinity of N'zoth. Fifty hyperspace-capable stasis probes were launched, they discreetly monitored the Yevethan fleet and relayed their data back to their mother ships.
However though they were subtle in pinging their targets, forty-seven of them were detected, or else ran out of power. After General A'baht of the Intrepid, commander of the Fifth Fleet, had a good picture of the enemy strength, he gave the order to attack; the three last probes formed in a triangle and began to and crazily ping the Yevethan fleet, bombarding them with scan rays. This of course negated whatever stealth features; the Yevethan political and military leader Nil Spaar, commander of the Imperial Super Star Destroyer Pride of Yevetha brought the Yevethan flagship and the Interdictor Cruiser Splendor of Yevetha on an intercept course. Before the S. S. D. and the Interdictor could destroy the trio of probes, hundreds of New Republic warships dropped out of hyperspace. General A'baht of the Intrepid knew that the odds of a New Republic victory were slim, given the number of Yevethan thrustships, the Imperator-class Star Destroyers, the massive flagship Pride of Yevetha. However, the wily Dornean fleet commander had a card to play, there was another unknown factor in the battle.
The Black Fleet Crisis had its origins with the enslavement of the Yevetha aliens by the Galactic Empire at a dozen worlds in the Koornacht Cluster. Twelve years before the Battle of N'zoth, a ambitious Yevetha named Nil Spaar led a revolt, the shipbuilding aliens turned on their captors, capturing dozens of Imperator-class Star Destroyers, three Super Star Destroyers, a handful of massive Imperial shipyards. Imperial High Command withdrew from the Cluster when the danger became apparent, but it was too late, the Yevetha controlled Black Sword Command and its flagship, the Intimidator, which the Yevetha renamed the Pride of Yevetha, it was time for the Imperial slaves to now reverse history. Five hundred of them spread on three former Imperial warships: the Pride of Yevetha and the two Star Destroyers Harramin and Valorous rebelled overwhelming their captors in specific locations on the three starships; the Imperials sent an unjammable hypercomm transmission to all the Imperial-made starships, activating all their hyperdrives, sending them all to the planet of Byss completing the withdrawal of Black Sword Command from the Koornacht Cluster, ordered twelve long years ago.
The remaining group of over twenty Yevethan thrustships relentlessly advanced. They were outgunned, but had the capability to inflict horrible casualties on the New Republic fleet. However, the New Republic general had a Fallanini Force-caster on board the Intrepid; the Fallanini were a peaceful race of Force-sensitive people before the Yevetha seized control of the Koornacht. They used their powers to hide their small colony in the midst of a jungle world from probing Yevetha sensors, continued to live as normal. However, Luke Skywalker convinced them to rise against the Yevetha and for them to strike the final blow. One of the Fallanini used a spell, creating the illusions of dozens of New Republic warships, making the Fifth Fleet look fifty percent larger than it was; the thrustships methodically fired on the phantoms, not knowing that their energy beams were slashing into illusions. However, the Force-caster was overwhelmed, after a while, the imaginary "Task Force Token" vanished, the Yevetha fleet concentrated their firepower on the real targets.
There were many casualties: Commander Farley's Star Destroyer Yakez, the fleet carrier Ballarat, the Aboukir, the Banshee, the Fulimnant, the Garland, the Thunderhead, the Werra
The Han Solo Adventures
The Han Solo Adventures, written by American science fiction novelist Brian Daley, is a trilogy of novels set in the Star Wars fictional universe. It follows the smuggling days of Han Solo and Chewbacca two years before the events of the original Star Wars film; the books were released in 1979–1980, making them the first non-movie Star Wars books published, except for Splinter of the Mind's Eye. They were the last published until The Adventures of Lando Calrissian trilogy in 1983; the three Han Solo books were published as an omnibus edition in 1992. The events of series are incorporated into the timeline of the rest of the Star Wars Expanded Universe by being contextualized in interludes in Rebel Dawn, the final book of Ann C. Crispin's The Han Solo Trilogy, published in 1998. Han Solo at Stars' End is a science fiction novel set in the Star Wars expanded universe, it was written by Brian Daley and published in 1979 by Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books. It is the first of three books in The Han Solo Adventures trilogy.
In UK editions of the novel, the character name Bollux was changed to Zollux, as the original name sounds like the word bollocks, regarded as profanity in the UK. Upon discovering that they need a special Waiver in order to operate the Millennium Falcon within the Corporate Sector without running afoul of the authorities, Han Solo and Chewbacca attempt to get in touch with Doc, an outlaw technician. However, Doc's daughter Jessa informs them that Doc has vanished abducted. Han works out a deal with Jessa: in exchange for the Waiver and upgrades to the Falcon, he and Chewbacca will help out in the effort to discover what happened to Doc and other enemies of the Corporate Sector Authority, the capitalistic and authoritarian organization that oversees the Corporate Sector; as part of this effort and Chewbacca escort two droids and Blue Max, to the planet Orron III, where they meet with Rekkon, the leader of the missing persons search. Blue Max, a small computer probe hidden away in Bollux's chest cavity, is able to infiltrate the Authority's computer network and begin searching for the location of the abductees.
However, Rekkon's small group has been compromised by a traitor, their activities are discovered. During the group's attempt to escape the planet, Chewbacca is taken away. Han and the others manage to escape the planet aboard the Falcon. During liftoff, the traitor destroys the data that Blue Max gathered. Before dying, Rekkon is able to leave the words "Stars' End, Mytus VII" scrawled on the Falcon's game table. Han realizes. After unmasking and dealing with the traitor and the remaining members of Rekkon's group fly to Stars' End. Masquerading as interstellar entertainers, they infiltrate the facility and rescue the kidnap victims, including Doc and Chewbacca; the facility is destroyed, along with most of the staff, in the escape. In 1997, Dark Horse Comics published a three issue comic book under the title Classic Star Wars. Written by Archie Goodwin, the mini-series reprinted the comic strips by Alfredo Alcala, based on Daley's novel. Han Solo's Revenge is a science fiction novel set in the Star Wars expanded universe.
It was written by Brian Daley and published in 1979 by Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books. It is the second of three books in the Han Solo Adventures trilogy. Down on their luck after a botched smuggling run, Han Solo and Chewbacca resort to accepting a job offer from an anonymous employer. However, after flying the Millennium Falcon to the planet Lur for the pickup, they discover that the cargo they're meant to be shipping are slaves - something for which neither Han nor Chewbacca has any tolerance. After dealing with the slavers' attempt to commandeer the Falcon, still in dire need of funds and Chewbacca head for the planet Bonadan, where the slavers' leader was meant to meet his contact for payment. Instead of the contact, they cross paths with Fiolla, an assistant auditor-general with the Corporate Sector Authority, she convinces Han that his only chance of getting paid now is to help her in tracking down the slaving ring. The slavers are watching Fiolla and are now keeping their eyes on Han and Chewbacca as well, forcing the two smugglers to split up.
Chewbacca takes the Falcon, while Fiolla board a cruise liner. The two parties make plans to meet on the planet Ammuud, to investigate the slavers' connection to one of the governing clans there. Han and Fiolla arrive on Ammuud and uncover the evidence Fiolla needs to implicate high-ranking Authority officials in the slaving ring. Outwitting the Authority forces who have been sent by Fiolla's superior to detain them and Chewbacca are able to collect their payment at last and depart the planet safely. Han Solo and the Lost Legacy is a science fiction novel set in the Star Wars expanded universe, it was written by Brian Daley and published in August 1980 by Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books. It is the third book in the Han Solo Adventures trilogy. Unlike the first two books in the trilogy, which introduced and fleshed out the Corporate Sector, in this book Han and Chewbacca's adventures take place in the Tion Hegemony. While taking a well-earned break on the planet Rudrig in the Tion Hegemony, Han Solo and Chewbacca are approached by Badure, an old friend, his female companion Hasti.
Badure has a lead on the fabled Queen of Ranroon, the treasure ship of Xim the Despot, believed lost for centuries. Though Han is reluctant to join what he considers to be a pointless treasure hunt, he and Chewbacca decide to accompany
Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. He is a primary antagonist in the original trilogy, but, as Anakin Skywalker, is the main protagonist of the prequel trilogy. Star Wars creator George Lucas has collectively referred to the first six episodic films of the franchise as "the tragedy of Darth Vader."Originally a Jedi prophesied to bring balance to the Force, Anakin Skywalker is lured to the dark side of the Force by Palpatine, secretly a Sith Lord. After fighting a lightsaber battle with his former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi in which he is dismembered, Vader is transformed into a cyborg, he serves the Galactic Empire as Darth Vader until he redeems himself by saving his son, Luke Skywalker, from Palpatine, sacrificing his own life in the process. He is the father of Princess Leia, the secret husband of Padmé Amidala, grandfather of Kylo Ren, the main villain of the Star Wars sequel trilogy; the character has been portrayed by numerous actors. His cinematic appearances span the first six Star Wars films, as well as Rogue One, he is referenced in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
He appears in television series and numerous iterations of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, including video games and comic books. Darth Vader has become one of the most iconic villains in popular culture, has been listed among the greatest villains and fictional characters ever; the American Film Institute listed him as the third greatest movie villain in cinema history on 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains, behind Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates. His role as a tragic hero in the prequel trilogy was met with positive reviews. Series creator George Lucas wrote the series' main villain as separate from Luke Starkiller's father Annikin. Various combinations of names for the character were built upon the phrase "Dark Water". Lucas "added lots of last names and Wilsons and Smiths, just came up with the combination of Darth and Vader." After the release of The Empire Strikes Back, Lucas said the name Vader was based upon the German/Dutch-language homophone vater or vader, meaning'father', making the name representative of a "Dark Father".
However, there is no evidence that Lucas conceived of Vader as Luke's father before 1978. Other words which may have inspired the name are "death" and "invader"; as no other character with the title "Darth" was introduced until the release of The Phantom Menace, some viewers interpreted it as the character's first name, in part because Obi-Wan Kenobi addresses him as "Darth" in the original film. The moniker is bestowed upon Anakin in Revenge of the Sith upon his turn to the dark side of the Force. Director Ken Annakin's films Swiss Family Robinson and Battle of the Bulge influenced the original trilogy, leading some to believe that Anakin was named after him. Lucas's publicist denied this following Annakin's death in 2009. Anakin and Luke's original surname "Starkiller" remained in the script until a few months into filming Star Wars, when it was dropped due to what Lucas called "unpleasant connotations" with Charles Manson and replaced with "Skywalker". In the first draft of The Star Wars, grim general "Darth Vader" was close in line with his final depiction, the protagonist Annikin Starkiller had a role similar to that of his son Luke's as the 16-year-old son of a respected warrior.
Lucas conceived of the Sith as a group that served the Emperor in the same way that the Schutzstaffel served Adolf Hitler. In developing the backstory for The Empire Strikes Back, Lucas condensed this into one character in the form of Darth Vader. After the success of the original Star Wars, Lucas hired science fiction author Leigh Brackett to write the sequel with him, they held story conferences and, by late November 1977, Lucas had produced a handwritten treatment. The treatment is similar to the final film. In the first draft that Brackett would write from this, Luke's father appears as a ghost to instruct Luke. Lucas was disappointed with the script, but Brackett died of cancer before he could discuss it with her. With no writer available, Lucas had to write the next draft himself. In this draft, he made use of a new plot twist: Vader claiming to be Luke's father. According to Lucas, he found this draft enjoyable to write, as opposed to the year-long struggles writing the first film; the new plot element of Luke's parentage had drastic effects on the series.
Author Michael Kaminski claims and argues in his book that it is unlikely that the plot point had seriously been considered or conceived of before 1978, that the first film was operating under an alternate storyline where Vader was a separate character from Luke's father. After writing the second and third drafts in which the plot point was introduced, Lucas reviewed the new backstory he had created: Anakin had been Obi-Wan Kenobi's brilliant student and had a child named Luke, but was swayed to the dark side by Palpatine. Anakin battled Obi-Wan on the site of a volcano and was badly wounded, but was reborn as Vader. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan hid Luke on Tatooine while the Galactic Republic became the tyrannical Galactic Empire and Vader systematically hunted down and killed the Jedi; this change in character would provide a springboard to the "tragedy of Darth Vader" storyline that underlies the prequel trilogy. After deciding to create the prequel trilogy, Lucas indicated the series would be a tragic one depicting Anakin's fall to the dark side.
He saw that the prequels could form the beginning of one long story that started with Anakin's childhood and ended with his death. This was the final step towards turning the film series into a "saga". For the first pr
Queen of the Empire
Queen of the Empire is the fifth book of the Jedi Prince series by Paul Davids and Hollace Davids, was released in March 1993. It is preceded by the novel Mission from Mount Yoda and followed by the novel Prophets of the Dark Side; when a demonstration of a "decoy" Human Replica Droid of Leia goes wrong and the droid shoots a scientist and Leia are forced to fly him to his home planet of Chad to get treatment. When they reach the planet's hospital a hurricane is ravaging it. After Han is able to bring the scientist to the doctors, he is trapped by falling rubble caused by the storm; when Leia saves him, he reveals that the experience scared him that he wouldn't be able to reveal his big plans. Upon leaving the scientist in the doctors' care, Han proposes to Leia and they plan on eloping at Hologram Fun World, an amusement park. With the help of the new owner of the park, Lando Calrissian, they plan a wedding and visit many hologram attractions, including a trip through the Alderaan of Leia's memories.
While they are at the park, one of Zorba the Hutt's spies in the park tells him that Leia is alive and he plans on capturing her and killing her on Tatooine as she did to his son. With some help, he manages to capture her during a magic show and take her to his ship, with the carbonite-frozen body of Trioculus, for the trip to Tatooine. Zorba's ship, however, is captured by the Moffship of Grand Moff Hissa; when they discover Trioculus is still alive, he is unfrozen and only spares Zorba's life when Zorba reveals where Leia is. Hoping to turn Leia to his side, Trioculus drops Zorba into the Pit of Carkoon into the mouth of the Sarlacc. While Trioculus makes plans to marry Leia and Lando, joined by Luke and the Human Replica Droid of Leia are able to infiltrate the Moffship and plan a rescue operation, they rescue Leia and are able to replace her with the Human Replica Droid, who goes to the wedding in Leia's place. While the Millennium Falcon escapes, the droid's lasers pierce Trioculus' heart.
As he lay dying, unbeknownst to anyone, Zorba crawled out of the Sarlacc, as no creature in the universe can digest a Hutt. Queen of the Empire on Wookieepedia, a Star Wars wiki Official CargoBay Listing