As you may have heard, we had ourselves a bit of a Star Wars chat the other day. The event was to give you access to Star Wars: The Essential Atlas authors Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace. We figured you probably had a few questions and comments about the book.
Yep, we were right, and question them you did. The mood was really upbeat though and the general consensus is that this book did a lot of things well (did you know there’s an effort to keep the book and it’s appendix up-to-date? We chatted about it and how you can help).
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Read on for a little bit about the news items mentioned during the chat, including gathering info about building the Death Star and Admiral Ackbar’s supposed manuscript submission…
Here’s a look at just a few snipets from the hour-long chat.
Regarding the Galactic Exploration Map and fact-checking:
|2:18||Daniel Wallace: We’re hoping to update material online in batches, for example if a series of Clone Wars episodes come out we could supplement the appendix and explore some new worlds.|
|2:18||[Comment From Fandom Comics]: Such a gorgeous map. Probably the most significant thing you will ever contribute to star wars. The addition of the newer trade routes you put in really made the galaxy feel real to me.|
|2:18||Darth Duff: I love this Galactic Exploration map. I just find it fascinating.|
|2:19||[Comment From Fandom Comics]: So I noticed you guys have gone a long way toward consolidating the canon on the formation-era of the Republic, and fully canonized the celestials and rakata, Hutt origins and Xim the Despot, tying it all into one cohesive narrative. Is this an era we should expect to see get paid more attention to in the EU? Or was it just for this tome?|
|2:19||[Comment From Sompeetalay]: I’m very interested in seeing the itinerary of the Droids when they get separated from Antilles|
|2:19||Jason Fry: Thanks Fandom — we tried our best to make the galaxy feel like a lived-in place….|
|2:19||[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]: The Galactic Exploration map is immensely detailed and I can look at it for hours and keep seeing things I didn’t before.|
|2:19||Daniel Wallace: ”Probably the most significant thing you will ever contribute to Star Wars?” You mean the illuminated mouth-linings of the Nosaurians doesn’t count?|
|2:20||[Comment From Fandom Comics]: I cant believe you guys referenced the Star Wars Adventure Journal IHNs with the Kaela Cycle! Fantastic obscure references galore in this thing.|
Regarding the Construction of the Death Star Map:
|2:51||Darth Duff: Dan/Jason can you talk a little about the contrustion of the Death Star map. Where did you find info about all the various locations that were mapped?|
|2:51||Daniel Wallace: The Death Star map was Jason’s baby, but really drew on so many sources — video games, novels, the films, even board games. Understandably it was a bit of a nightmare to keep 100% straight.|
Finally, after Admiral Ackbar made an appearance to warn us that a particularly difficult issue was a trap, one commenter let slip that he might be trying to push his idea for the next Star Wars book:
|2:49||[Comment From Eric Geller]: Admiral Ackbar will soon be submitting a draft of “The Essential Guide to Traps.”|
And it may have worked…
|2:50||Darth Duff: These are actually some decent EG suggestions. Traps is my favorite so far!|
So go ahead, talk it up, send in your corrections, suggestions, and errata (to them, not us), and take advantage of the special offer we created for our chat readers (wink, wink). Take our chat to your own site.
And don’t worry, Admiral Ackbar wanted us to mention, this is in no way a trap.