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While Lucasbook has not officially announced this title yet, details have leaked via edelweiss and there have been some sly comments from those involved in the project.

First off, the book will be created by the same team who did the Millennium Falcon Owners' Workshop Manual: Ryder Windham, Chris Trevs and Chris Reiff. It has a tentative release date of November 2013, and there appears to be promotions scheduled for San Diego Comic Con.

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Using brand-new, full-color cutaways providing a unique view inside the moon-sized marvel, together with other art and photographs, The Death Star Owner’s Workshop Manual provides the most thorough technical description of the Death Star available, making it essential reading for all Star Wars fans.

The Death Star is a spherical space station, the size of a small moon, highly armored and armed to destroy anything from enemy spaceships to whole planets. Using cutaway drawings, exploded diagrams, and photographs, backed by detailed technical specifications and descriptions of the onboard systems, The Death Star Owner’s Workshop Manual reveals the technology contained within and lays bare the awesome power (and weaknesses) of the Empire’s ultimate weapon.


Big thanks to Cerrinea for spotting this. More details via Roqoo Depot.
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Death Star Owner's Technical Manual comes out November 5 in hardcover. Random House has a preview here. Anyone plan on picking this one up?

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Conceived as the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star battle station is equipped with a planet-shattering superlaser. The station is heavily shielded, defended by TIE starfighters and laser cannons, and invested with firepower greater than that of half the Imperial fleet. The Empire’s diabolical leaders have every reason to believe that their technological terror will induce fear across the galaxy. But the Death Star has one flaw.

This Haynes Manual traces the origins of the Death Star, from concept to a top-secret project that begins before the foundation of the Empire, which draws design inspiration from the Trade Federation’s spherical warships. In this manual, the Death Star’s onboard systems and controls are explained in detail, and are illustrated with an astonishing range of computer-generated artwork, floor plans, cutaways, and exploded diagrams, all newly created by artists Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas—the same creative team behind the Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual. Text is by their Falcon colleague Ryder Windham, author of more than fifty Star Wars books.

Covering history, development and prototyping, superstructure, energy and propulsion, weapons and defensive systems, hangar bays, security, service and technical sectors, crew facilities, and with information about the Death Star II and its planetary shield generator, this is the most thorough technical guide to the Death Star available.

This Haynes Manual is fully authorized and approved by Lucasfilm.

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I really want to check this bad boy out, but I don't know if I neeeeeeed to run out and buy it....... Someone let me know!
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Well, I've read it. It's on par with the Millennium Falcon Owners' Workshop Manual, so if you looked at that one, you'll know what to expect. I personally liked the Falcon manual more, but that's because the Falcon just has more personality when it comes to ships, thus was a more fun read. But this book has a lot of info on Death Star.

Be sure to check out the preview Random House has on their website. That'll give you an idea what the book is like, too.
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Having just finally bought and read the Millennium Falcon one I will definitely be picking this one up to go with it.

I'd love to see ones for the X-wing, and TIE series. Or something like the Star Destroyers and Mon-Cal Cruisers.


What did concern me a little about the Falcon one is that while it referenced a lot of EU material, it didn't mention anything after EP VI that I could see. Worries me about the future of the EU with the upcoming EP VII.
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I had a look at a copy at Chapters. It looks pretty cool. One interesting thing is that it retconned the size of the Death Star II (previous official sources said 900km, but this supports the other, more reasonable size of 160km).

But yeah, it looks like it has some cool info in it.
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Hmm, I didn't check the size of the second Death Star. I'll have to go back and look at that. I know they drew off of a lot of existing books for all the info.

It's worth noting that the Death Star book is like the Falcon in that neither one of them go past ROTJ. I actually spoke to Ryder Windham and he said part of that is past ROTJ, they don't have photo stills for the events, so they decided to just go up to ROTJ and stop there.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
Hmm, I didn't check the size of the second Death Star. I'll have to go back and look at that. I know they drew off of a lot of existing books for all the info.

It's worth noting that the Death Star book is like the Falcon in that neither one of them go past ROTJ. I actually spoke to Ryder Windham and he said part of that is past ROTJ, they don't have photo stills for the events, so they decided to just go up to ROTJ and stop there.


Good to have an explanation of the reasons for that, I was certainly wondering about it.

That said, its kinda a silly reason. Technical drawings, or text would also work.
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Book is out today. You can check out my interview with Ryder Windham here: http://roqoodepot.com/interviews/death-star-owners-technical-manual-interview-with-ryder-windham/
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I think it's a little bit weird that I can just pop down to the shop to get what so many Bothans died for.
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I think it's a little bit weird that I can just pop down to the shop to get what so many Bothans died for.


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Bah, I think the Bothans overhyped their sacrifices for a plan that was leaked so they could end up in a trap.
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Ryder did a nice write up on the Star Wars Blog

http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2013/11/05/the-death-star-plans-are-now-in-your-hands/
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
Ryder did a nice write up on the Star Wars Blog

http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2013/11/05/the-death-star-plans-are-now-in-your-hands/


They may be in my hands, but they are NOT in the main computer.
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Was flipping through this in the bookstore. Interestingly they do refer to events in the JAT when discussing the Death Star Prototype in the Maw, albeit briefly. But yay for post-ROTJ EU inclusion!!

Also, something that caught my eye as an odd decision. They describe the Tarkin, the Torpedo Spheres, The Eye of Palpatine in the book, but exclude the Eclipse and the Darksaber, which to me would appear to be logical extensions with an equal lack of "movie-real" images. Odd choice there IMHO.
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