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Illustrated Star Wars Universe (Bantam Spectra) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Kevin Anderson , Ralph McQuarrie
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2. September 1997 Bantam Spectra
The ultimate book for every Star Wars(r) fan.

Experience the Star Wars universe as never before in this stunning visual journey that carries you to the farthest reaches--and into the deepest mysteries--of George Lucas's cinematic masterpiece.  Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary main concept artist for all three Star Wars films, and Kevin J. Anderson, the New York Times bestselling Star Wars author, present the ultimate voyage: a vivid and close-up look at the exotic worlds and remarkable inhabitants of the Star Wars universe.

The breathtaking artwork of McQuarrie and Anderson's delightful text are your guide to eight different Star Wars locales.  Here, detailed as never before, are the worlds of Tatooine, the stark desert home planet of Luke Skywalker; Coruscant, the glorious center of the Empire; Dagobah, the swampy world of Yoda; Bespin, site of the famed floating metropolis of Cloud City; Endor, the forest moon sheltering the Ewoks; Hoth, the frozen wasteland and site of a secret Rebel base; Yavin 4, the jungle moon, nearly destroyed by the first Death Star; and Alderaan, Princess Leia's homeworld, cruelly annihilated by the same Death Star.  Each world is lavishly illustrated and described by a qualified expert, including scientists, scouts, soldiers, poets, and even Imperial agents.  The Illustrated Star Wars Universe is an epic achievement, a visionary treat no Star Wars fan will want to miss--and a true collector's item you'll enjoy for years to come.

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  • Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Spectra; Auflage: Reprint (2. September 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0553374842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553374841
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 28 x 21,8 x 1,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 136.026 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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Illustrations by the concept artist for the Star Wars films--including specially commissioned paintings--highlight a trip through eight locations in the Star Wars universe.

Leseprobe. Abdruck erfolgt mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Rechteinhaber. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.

Sergeant Pfilbee Jhorn:

Sergeant Pfilbee Jhorn served as records officer for the Emperor's second expeditionary force to the Forest Moon of Endor.  Displeased with the superficial reports of the first scouting team, the Emperor requested a detailed summary.  Sergeant Jhorn filed several memos before his departure, insisting that he was not qualified for the job, but these memos were misfiled and never delivered to Sergeant Jhorn's superiors.  Such circumstances account for the rather bitter and resentful tone of this report.

Imperial military records show that shortly after Sergeant Pfilbee Jhorn filed this report, he was transferred to a lengthy tour of duty alone riding the solar focusing mirrors in orbit around Coruscant.  Following this assignment, he was sent to Tatooine, where he served as a custodian in the Imperial desert garrison.

The Forest Moon of Endor
by Sgt. Philbee Jhorn

Though my superiors have not seen fit to give me full details as to the Emperor's purpose in seeking further information on the Forest Moon of Endor, I am filing this report as requested.  I will state up front that, since I was never given specifics as to the information of interest, this report will perforce be broad and general.  As I have had no training in planetary survey techniques, I have avoided details of a technical nature.

The trip out here was horrendous.  Endor itself is a silvery gas-giant that is difficult to reach even by convoluted hyperspace paths.  As shown in the attachments, the huge planet is encircled by banded high clouds and orbited by nine moons of varying sizes.  The largest moon, called the Forest Moon of Endor, is the size of a small, rocky planet.  As the Forest Moon is the focus of this report, I have designated it Endor for simplicity.

The Endor system is extremely remote, not just from the Core systems but also from other Imperial bases, common trade routes, and other inhabited worlds.  The captain of our transport claimed that simply reaching Endor involves half a dozen tricky hyperspace maneuvers (something to do with the enormous gravity of the gas-giant and the uncharted space in the sector).  The captain rather snappishly told me to leave him alone, even after I informed him that I was on a fact-finding mission for the Emperor.  (His name and service number are on file, should anyone wish to initiate formal disciplinary action.)  These navigational uncertainties may rule out the establishment of an important base in this system.

Given such circumstances, it is no surprise that numerous ships have crash-landed on the Forest Moon, making it something of a "desert island" in space.  The lush and wild environment provides resourceful victims the opportunity to eke out an existence, but I would envy no one the job of living under these primitive conditions.  Give me Coruscant any day.

However, I do not know the Emperor's purposes here.  Given that Endor is isolated, yet able to support human life without expensive and difficult environment systems, this large moon mav be an ideal place.  My job is only to provide information, add recommendations if I feel they are relevant, and correct the numerous sketchy errors made by the initial survey team.  If only they had done their job well enough in the first place, I would not have been given this redundant assignment.

(For example, the report of the first survey team stated that the only significant life-forms inhabiting the moon were the fuzzy and annoying Ewoks, who were presumed to be harmless.  Not only did the survey team entirely miss the deadly giant Gorax, but also bloodthirsty condor dragons, packs of tall and timid yuzzums, and an entire settlement of off-planet marauders.  The members of this first team are a disgrace to Imperial military service.  Practically their only useful bit of information is that the furry Ewoks pose no serious threat and should be exterminated strictly because of their nuisance value.)

Of course, the first team's lack of thoroughness may be understandable if they were as poorly equipped as my team proved to be.  When the transport ship dropped us off and shuttled our supplies down, we were appalled to find that only a group of two-rider AT-ST scout transports had been assigned to the entire task of covering a world.  The food packs contained only the worst sorts of rations, leftovers from the Clone Wars, no doubt!  The garment bins contained ice-assault suits decommissioned after the raid on Hoth!  I had heard grumblings about incompetence, nepotism, and corruption in the Imperial Navy, and now I had no doubt.

Sworn to duty, though, my team and I set to work.  We consisted of four scientifically trained troopers plus five stormtrooper escorts.  We climbed aboard several jerky scout transports and clomped off through the undergrowth.  I believe the AT-STs were in need of serious maintenance.  The other members of my team performed the required duties, while I sat back and observed (as was my job).  I took copious notes.

Much of the surface is densely covered with legendary tall trees, giving it the name of Forest Moon; but other parts of Endor are rocky savannas and snow-topped mountains.  Badlands to the south are dotted with sulfur springs and perilous pools.  Bleak, rocky highlands are inhabited by the giant Gorax.  The low gravity of the Endor moon encourages living things to become large, not just the mammoth conifer trees, but also many indigenous species.

The dense, primeval forest is the most striking feature of Endor, and most likely to cause serious difficulties for Imperial construction projects.  Overhead, through the tapering treetops, the bright planet Endor fills much of the sky like a mirror, breaking through the blue of daylight or shining down like a spotlight in the night.  (One side benefit of this would be the reduced cost of illumination for a security perimeter on any proposed base.)

Flowers grow high above the ground, sprouting from wind-borne seeds that have lodged in damp crevices in the enormous tree limbs.  Their colors are so bright and so varied as to give one a headache, and even with my facemask filters toggled to their densest settings, the disgusting pollens still managed to penetrate, making me miserable with extraterrestrial allergies.

The thickly overgrown forest floor, with its groves of free-palms and ferns, proved extremely hazardous even for the flexible capabilities of our scout transport.  If Imperial engineers think they can simply land on the moon, ignore the indigenous life-forms, and set up their base of operations without difficulty, they're in for a large, unpleasant surprise.

While our AT-STs could maneuver through some of the thickest foliage, I'd consider it impossible for a larger AT-AT to make its way beyond the largest clearings.  This does not preclude, however, the use of such armored walkers for intimidation around, say, a big landing platform in the depths of the forest.

Still, even our smaller scout walker suffered several mishaps on our plodding journey through the forest: I can't begin to list all the times we stumbled in treacherous and hidden gullies concealed by the underbrush.  We wasted many hours disassembling twisted metal knee joints and repairing them, occasionally even battering bent components with rocks just to make them fit back into their appropriate sockets.  Naturally, our AT-ST repair kits contained none of the spare parts we...

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Cool 29. März 2000
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This is one of the must haves for a true Star Wars fan. It is a coffee table book, like Dinotopia. Its stunning illustrations follow the reader through the Star Wars Universe, earning points for believability, and romanticism along the way. Though not a true novel, the text is good for guiding one through the drawings on the book. You have to know that you are not getting a novel, but for a Star Wars fan it hardly matters.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is good...and here's why (Read On!) 14. Dezember 1999
The Illustrated Star Wars Universe is unlike other Star Wars books because its purpose is not to entertain by way of action or plot and not to inform like a reference book. Its purpose is to show the various places in the universe that were and might not have been shown in the movies. The illustrations were excellent, and it was especially good to see some of the earlier versions of some places we got to know in the movies. I ask that you understand this before buying so that you don't buy it and think it was bad because you thought it is something other than what it is, a collection of depicting artwork.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magnificent Art! 11. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This book has some of the best art there is on the planets that are in the Star Wars Universe. Not heavy on fact, though, this book makes tales that recount the information about Tatooine, Coruscant, Dagobah, Alderaan, Hoth, Yavin, the forest moon of Endor, and Bespin, using pictures and first person narrative. A good addition to any Star Wars fan's book collection.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen terrible 23. April 1999
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Out of all the Star Wars books i've read this was the worst one. The only reason i gave it 2 stars is becase of the art work. I you really want a book on the universe check out The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen WHAT HAPPENED????? 17. März 1999
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What happened to this book? It is a disgrace to the star wars universe. It's practically a Star Wars dictionary, that's all. In spite of the good pictures, this book was very disappointing!!!!
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