Star Wars: Death Star Owner's Technical Manual: Imperial DS-1 Orbital Battle Station

Star Wars: Death Star Owner's Technical Manual: Imperial DS-1 Orbital Battle Station

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By (author) Ryder Windham, Illustrated by Chris Reiff, Illustrated by Chris Trevas

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  • Publisher: LUCAS BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 123 pages
  • Dimensions: 212mm x 272mm x 12mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0804176612
  • ISBN 13: 9780804176613
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 113,957

Product description

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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Author information

Ryder Windham is a former editor of "Star Wars" comics and has written more than fifty "Star Wars" books, including "Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force" and "The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader." He is also an instructor and the certificate advisor for the Comic and Sequential Art Certificate Program at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education. For more than a decade Chris Trevas has created "Star Wars" artwork for numerous licensees. He currently lives and works at home in Michigan with his family. Chris Reiff has spent the past fourteen years working as a toy designer and inventor, bringing a variety of licensed products to market. While he stays busy working on other major properties at the design company he founded in Cincinnati, he always finds time to jump back into the "Star Wars" universe when the opportunity arises.

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“As an all-in-one resource for the Death Star, the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual is the book to turn to. It’s a wealth of information on one of the most iconic ships from the Star Wars films.”—Roqoo Depot   “For a casual fan, there’s all sorts of neat trivia that will keep anyone’s attention. For a fleet junkie, the book is a huge wealth of knowledge that you’ll come back to scan again and again. The Haynes Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual is a fun and brilliant read. Go pick it up.”—Tosche Station