The Death Star Owner’s Workshop Manual

May 30, 2013 at 10:58 am | Posted in Books, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Going through the edelweiss catalog, our Gungan spies spotted an interesting entry for a new owner’s workshop manual…for the Death Star. According to edelweiss, the book will be written by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas, the same team that worked on the Haynes Millennium Falcon Owners’ Workshop Manual. It also has a release date of November 5, 2013 which is pretty interesting considering how close that date is getting and the given the fact that there has been no talk of the book yet from official channels.

The Death Star Owner’s Workshop Manual

by Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff, Chris Trevas
On Sale Date: November 5, 2013
ISBN: 9780804176613, 0804176612
$30.00 US / $34.95 Can Hardback
LucasBooks, 128 pages
10.625 in W | 8.250 in H

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.

Marketing: Convention promotion at San Diego Comic-Con (7/13) and New York Comic Con (10/13)

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot, spotted by Geralyn

John Scalzi Interviews Matthew Stover

May 30, 2013 at 7:26 am | Posted in Books, eBooks, Fantasy, Interview, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Orbit Books has posted a cool interview done by John Scalzi with renown author Matthew Stover.

John Scalzi:Heroes Die, the first book in the Caine series, in many ways presaged the current wave of “grimdark” fantasy – those works with lots of unapologetic action and violence threaded into their tales. At the time you were writing the book, were you aware you were slashing a new path through that particular jungle? Or were you just focused on writing a story you wanted to tell?

Matthew Stover: I wasn’t trying to do something new. I was only trying to do something good.

I started writing the story that eventually became Heroes Die when I was seventeen. A variety of versions were submitted to, and summarily rejected by, a variety of publishers over the course of the next eighteen years. I tried every approach I could think of to make the story appealing to editors, but nothing worked. Finally – in despair – I said to myself, “Screw this shit. If it’s going to fail anyway, write the goddamn thing exactly how you want it to be. At least you’ll have that.” So I did. And here we are.

This is why my first advice to younger writers is to write the book you wish somebody else would write so you could read it.

Click here to read the full interview.

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