“This station is now the ultimate power in the universe.” Well, Admiral Motti may have later had to eat his words — damn you, exhaust vents — but while it lasted the first Death Star truly was the Galactic Empire’s mightiest weapon, a “technological terror” indeed. Now you can find out how it worked from its superlaser all the way down to its tractor beams thanks to Star Wars: Death Star: Owner’s Technical Manual, a new nuts-and-blaster-bolts Haynes Manual out later this year. We’re proud to exclusively debut its cover and official description. Check it out!
Random House’s Official Description:
Conceived as the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star battle station was equipped with a planet-shattering superlaser. The station was heavily shielded, defended by TIE starfighters and laser cannons, and was invested with firepower greater than half of the Imperial fleet’s. The Empire’s imperious leaders had every reason to believe that their technological terror would induce fear across the galaxy. But the Death Star had one flaw.
This Haynes Manual traces the origins of the Death Star, from concept to a top-secret project that began before the foundation of the Empire, which drew 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 50 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.