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A Guide to the Star Wars Universe
Attribution
Author(s)

Raymond L. Velasco

Illustrator(s)

Unidentified

Publication information
Publisher

Ballantine Books

Publish date

December 1984

Type

Paperback

Pages

215

ISBN

0345319206

The first edition of A Guide to the Star Wars Universe is a reference book that was compiled by Raymond L. Velasco and published by Ballantine Books in 1984. It details the locations, inhabitants, and technology of the galaxy far, far away in approximately 951 alphabetized entries. It was later followed by second and third editions.

Contents

Publisher's summary

From Alderaan to Yavin and a myriad of fantastic worlds before and between—this is the one indispensable guide to the characters, places and things brought to life by George Lucas.

Characters
Organic and Metallic

From Artoo-Detoo to Salacious Crumb—all the heroes you cheered…and all the villains you love to hate.

Places
Havens and Otherwise

Anoat System, Hoth, Mos Eisley, Stars' End, Yavin—the landscapes, skies and vistas that are backdrops to Mankind's biggest saga.

Things
Useful and not

Chrysopaz, hydrospanner, Krayt Dragons, and Rancors.

Here is the key to a story that began long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Description

The entries within A Guide to the Star Wars Universe are divided into a series of categorized lists to help readers find specific names or terms.

The entries within the main body of the book are alphabetized with no further categorization. They can be short and to the point as in the case of the entry for "hydrospanner." The longest entries within A Guide to the Star Wars Universe are about a page and a half long. The subjects of these long entries are usually devoted to descriptions of main characters and battles.

Every entry is followed by a series of codes which tell the reader where the information contained in the entry is drawn from. Where appropriate, an entry will direct readers to look at other entries relevant to the subject that it covers. This is the sole function of approximately 67 entries within the book. 43 entries are accompanied by a picture of their subject and 20 entries include a pronunciation guide. The entry for the "Behavioral Circuitry Matrix" includes a diagram.

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Perspective

A Guide to the Star Wars Universe was written at a relatively early time in the history of Star Wars and it shows. In contrast to more recent reference books that have been presented as in-universe works, certain entries within A Guide to the Star Wars Universe contain references to out-of-universe elements.

Possibly the most out-of-universe entry is that for Orron III, which is described as "an Earthlike agricultural world." However the most common examples of this occur within the entries given for the comm designations of the Rebel pilots at the Battle of Yavin, where the book attempts to clear up the contradictions between the novelization and the film. Additionally, Luke Skywalker's entry states: "(The second of three trilogies in the saga known as Star Wars chronicles the events in galactic history revolving around Luke Skywalker. The second trilogy is comprised of three stories: 'A New Hope,' 'The Empire Strikes Back,' and 'Return of the Jedi.').

Sources

A Guide to the Star Wars Universe included information from:

Behind the scenes

Art

The illustrator of A Guide to the Star Wars Universe appears to have been left uncredited. Though June Brigman was credited in the book The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire for illustrations that had appeared in A Guide to the Star Wars Universe and she had been acknowledged for her work in helping prepare the the second edition of A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, there was no such acknowledgement in the first edition.

Errors

After Velasco had turned in the manuscript of A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Judy-Lynn del Rey asked Brian Daley to review it and correct any errors that he had found. Daley would later claim in an interview conducted by fan Alex Newborn that he had filled up two to three pages with errors that he had found in the manuscript relating to the movies, his novels and a number of other sources. In addition to this, Velasco had also related subjects that were never intended to be such. For example, Daley had never intended the character Squeak to be a Tin-Tin Dwarf.[1]

Though he acknowledged that A Guide to the Star Wars Universe was not perfect, Abel G. Peña would salute Velasco for what he considered to be a "corusca gem in the rough."[2] In an essay about the first edition of A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Peña cited the diagram of the Behavioral Circuitry Matrix and other examples in the book as reasons for why Velasco should be considered "the father of the ret-con in the Star Wars Universe" and "Star Wars' very first fanboy author." [3]

It appears that the only continuity errors that made it into the final manuscript of A Guide to the Star Wars Universe had to do with the physical descriptions of the bounty hunters Bossk and Zuckuss. This may indicate a reliance upon the novelization of The Empire Strikes Back for certain details.

Contents

Alien Creatures and Species


Additional Alien Creatures and Species


Characters and Characters' Names


Additional Characters and Characters' Names


Devices and Things

  • locomotor
  • log recorder (omitted from second and third editions)
  • loudhailer (omitted from second and third editions)
  • luma (omitted from second and third editions)
  • macrobinoculars
  • macrofuser
  • main drive
  • Management Circuitry (omitted from second and third editions)
  • medical cocoon
  • medikit (entry redirects to medipak; omitted from second and third editions)
  • meditation chamber
  • memo-wire (omitted from second and third editions)
  • metal scanner (omitted from second and third editions)
  • military scrip (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Mind-Jam (omitted from second and third editions)
  • miser plant (omitted from second and third editions)
  • moisture farm
  • Money Lane (omitted from second edition; restored in third edition)
  • Mullanite (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Mytag Crystal (omitted from second and third editions)
  • nano-jump (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Narcotic incense (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Navicomputer (nav computer in second and third editions)
  • nav'puter (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Norvanian grog
  • nova crystal (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Nutmeat (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Obedience-Rationale Module (omitted from second and third editions)
  • omega signal
  • omniron (omitted from second and third editions)
  • outlaw tech
  • paralight system
  • parking slip (omitted from second and third editions)
  • pelvic servomotor (omitted from third edition)
  • permacite (omitted from second and third editions)
  • permex (omitted from second and third editions)
  • pharynx flute (omitted from second and third editions)
  • photoplate (omitted from second and third editions)
  • photoreceptor
  • photosensor (omitted from second and third editions)
  • phototropic shielding
  • pitter (omitted from second and third editions)
  • plain text commo (omitted from second and third editions)
  • planetfall (omitted from second and third editions)
  • plasform (omitted from second and third editions)
  • plasma torch (omitted from second and third editions)
  • plastoid (omitted from third edition)
  • Point 5
  • power converter
  • power coupling
  • preflight rundown (omitted from second and third editions)
  • pressor
  • primary performance banks (omitted from second and third editions)
  • prototyper (omitted from second and third editions)
  • prybar (omitted from second and third editions)
  • quickclay (omitted from third edition)
  • R'alla mineral water (omitted from third edition)
  • reactivate switch
  • reader (omitted from second and third editions)
  • readout (omitted from second and third editions)
  • recording rod
  • Red List (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Reflex Races (omitted from second and third editions)
  • repulsor
  • repulsorlift handtruck (omitted from second and third editions)
  • restraint binder (omitted from second and third editions)
  • restraining bolt
  • retinal print
  • retrorocket (omitted from second and third editions)
  • ring stabilizer (omitted from second and third editions)
  • running lights (omitted from second and third editions)
  • S-foil
  • sabacc
  • sandwhirl
  • scan grid
  • secondary deviation control (omitted from second and third editions)
  • sensitive (Force sensitive in second edition; Force-sensitive in third edition)
  • Senso-Switch (omitted from second and third editions)
  • sensor
  • sensor arm (omitted from second edition)
  • sensor frisk (omitted from second edition)
  • sensor suite
  • sensory plug-in
  • servo-grip (omitted from third edition)
  • servo remote mode (omitted from second and third editions)
  • servodriver
  • servomotor central (omitted from second and third editions)
  • shakedown cruise (omitted from second and third editions)
  • shelter container (entry redirects to emergency shelter; omitted from second edition)
  • shimmersilk (omitted from third edition)
  • shock ball (shock-ball in second and third editions)
  • shorn (omitted from second and third editions)
  • sinkhole (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Skyhook
  • snow screen (omitted from second and third editions)
  • spice
  • Starfight (omitted from second and third editions)
  • stasis booth (omitted from second and third editions)
  • stim-shot
  • sting brush (omitted from second and third editions)
  • storage bank (omitted from second and third editions)
  • sub-officer (omitted from second and third editions)
  • subspace planetary relay (omitted from second and third editions)
  • suspension cushion (omitted from second and third editions)
  • supralight jump (entry redirects to supralight travel; omitted from second and third editions)
  • supralight travel (omitted from second and third editions)
  • synth-flesh (synth flesh in third edition)
  • tech dome (omitted from third edition)
  • tele-eye (omitted from second and third editions)
  • telesponder
  • terrain tracer (entry redirects to top tracker;omitted from second and third editions)
  • thermal cape
  • thermal coil (entry redirects to condenser unit; omitted from third edition)
  • thermosuit (omitted from third edition)
  • Thrella well
  • T'iil (omitted from third edition)
  • T'iil-T'iil (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Tibanna gas
  • tow raft (omitted from second and third editions)
  • tracomp (omitted from third edition)
  • traction web (omitted from second and third editions)
  • tractor beam
  • tractor lock (omitted from second and third editions)
  • transfer register
  • translation computer (omitted from second and third editions)
  • transmitter dish (omitted from second and third editions)
  • transparisteel
  • tympanic pulser (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Vanadinite (omitted from second edition)
  • vaporator
  • Vector (omitted from third edition)
  • ventral manipulators (omitted from third edition)
  • vibroscalpel (omitted from third edition)
  • vis pickup (omitted from second and third editions)
  • vo pickup (omitted from second and third editions)
  • vocabulator (entry redirects to vocoder)
  • vocoder (vocabulator in second and third editions)
  • voice writer (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Waivers List (omitted from second edition)
  • warming unit (entry redirects to condenser unit; omitted from third edition)
  • water extraction tube (omitted from second and third editions)
  • weather control station (omitted from second and third editions)
  • X-foil (entry redirects to S-foil; omitted from second and third editions)
  • xenoarchaeology

Additional Devices and Things


Droid Names and Types of Droids/Automata


Additional Droid Names and Types of Droids/Automata


Historical Events


Slang/Colloquialisms


Additional Slang/Colloquialisms

Social Customs and Institutions


Additional Social Customs and Institutions


Technical Concepts and Other Abstractions

  • antigrav
  • approach vector
  • armament rating
  • artificial gravity (omitted from third edition)
  • auto enhancement (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Behavioral Circuitry Matrix (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Cogitative Theory Unit (omitted from second and third editions)
  • command control instruction ([[command control voice in second and third editions)
  • cyberostasis
  • detection ceiling (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Doppler distortion (omitted from second and third editions)
  • entropy field (omitted from second and third editions)
  • erg (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Force, the
  • Fortress class (omitted from second and third editions)
  • fusion forming (omitted from second and third editions)
  • gravitonic construction (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Gyro Balance circuitry
  • high-band transmission (omitted from second and third editions)
  • hologram
  • holograph
  • holographic recording mode
  • hydroponics recycling (omitted from second and third editions)
  • hyperspace
  • hypno-imprinting (omitted from second and third editions)
  • lift factor (omitted from second and third editions)
  • load shedding (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Maker, the
  • manumitting (omitted from third edition)
  • memory flush
  • molecular bonding (omitted from second and third editions)
  • normal space
  • outboard (omitted from second and third editions)
  • overload spiral (omitted from second and third editions)
  • reversion
  • shield rating (redirects to deflector shield; omitted from second and third editions)
  • solar ecliptic (omitted from second and third editions)
  • Standard Time Part
  • voice manipulation
  • voice override: epsilon actual
  • weapon rating (redirects to armament rating; omitted from second and third editions)

Additional Technical Concepts and Other Abstractions


Vehicles/Vessels


Additional Vehicles/Vessels


Weaponry


Additional Weaponry


Locations


Additional Worlds and Places


Notes

  1. Newborn, Alex "A STAR WARS Fan Interviews Brian Daley" Star Wars Fanboy Association October 1999
  2. "The Official Wizards of the Coast RPG Designers Thread" Jedi Council Forums
  3. Peña, Abel G. "Rejects of the Star Wars Universe 1.0" Star Wars Fanboy Association

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