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Tales from Jabba's Palace
Cover artist

Stephen Youll


Kevin J. Anderson

Publication information

Bantam Spectra

Release date

January 1996

Media type

Mass-market paperback




Rebellion era




None (standalone novel)

Preceded by

Return of the Jedi

Followed by

The Mandalorian Armor

Tales from Jabba's Palace, is an anthology of short stories about the minor characters seen in Jabba's Palace in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

It is the second in a thematic series about minor characters from the original trilogy, all edited by Kevin J. Anderson, with cover art by Stephen Youll.

  1. Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina. Bantam Spectra paperback (1995-08-01). ISBN 0-553-56468-4.
  2. Tales from Jabba's Palace. Bantam Spectra paperback (1996-01-01). ISBN 0-553-56815-9.
  3. Tales of the Bounty Hunters. Bantam Spectra paperback (1996-12-01). ISBN 0-553-56816-7.

The final two books in the Tales series, Tales from the Empire and Tales from the New Republic, feature different editors and cover artists, and involve some EU characters.


Back-cover blurb

In the dusty heat of twin-sunned Tatooine lives the wealthiest gangster in a hundred worlds, master of a vast crime empire and keeper of a vicious, flesh-eating monster for entertainment (and disposal of his enemies). Bloated and sinister, Jabba the Hutt might have made a good joke—if he weren’t so dangerous. A cast of soldiers, spies, assassins, scoundrels, bounty hunters, and pleasure seekers have come to his palace, and every visitor to Jabba’s grand abode has a story. Some of them may even live to tell it.…

Featuring original stories by…


Title Author(s) Character(s)
Introduction Kevin J. Anderson
A Boy and His Monster: The Rancor Keeper's Tale Kevin J. Anderson Malakili and Jabba's rancor
Taster's Choice: The Tale of Jabba's Chef Barbara Hambly Porcellus
That's Entertainment: The Tale of Salacious Crumb Esther M. Friesner Salacious Crumb and Melvosh Bloor
A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Oola's Tale Kathy Tyers Oola
Let Us Prey: The Whiphid's Tale Marina Fitch and Mark Budz J'Quille
Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade Timothy Zahn Mara Jade
And Then There Were Some: The Gamorrean Guard's Tale William F. Wu Gartogg
Old Friends: Ephant Mon's Tale Kenneth C. Flint Ephant Mon
Goatgrass: The Tale of Ree-Yees Deborah Wheeler Ree-Yees
And the Band Played On: The Band's Tale John Gregory Betancourt Max Rebo, Sy Snootles, Droopy McCool
Of the Day's Annoyances: Bib Fortuna's Tale M. Shayne Bell Bib Fortuna
The Great God Quay: The Tale of Barada and the Weequays George Alec Effinger Barada and the Weequays
A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9 Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens EV-9D9
A Free Quarren in the Palace: Tessek's Tale Dave Wolverton Tessek
Tongue-tied: Bubo's Tale Daryl F. Mallett Bubo
Out of the Closet: The Assassin's Tale Jennifer Roberson Dannik Jerriko
Shaara and the Sarlacc: The Skiff Guard's Tale Dan'l Danehy-Oakes Shaara and the skiff guard
A Barve Like That: The Tale of Boba Fett J.D. Montgomery Boba Fett
Skin Deep: The Fat Dancer's Tale A. C. Crispin Yarna D'al Gargan and Doallyn
Epilogue: Whatever Became Of...? Kevin J. Anderson many of the above
About the Authors Kevin J. Anderson
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