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The Secret History of Star Wars now available in print

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Hey guys,

Forgive me if this sounds self-promotional. Well, I guess it is, actually. But a lot of people here really seem to have liked The Secret History of Star Wars. For those that don't know, it was a free e-book I wrote examining the writing and storytelling process of the Star Wars series and how it transformed over the years. Anyway, its now being published and is available for order.

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-History-Star-Wars/dp/0978465237/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227368583&sr=1-3

 

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Secret-History-of-Star-Wars/Michael-Kaminski/e/9780978465230/?itm=1

You can check out sample chapters on the publishers website http://www.legacybookspress.com or check out the books site for further info and related writings http://secrethistoryofstarwars.com

Actually, Now that I think about it I think this might be the first ever book to actually consider the series from the perspective of all six films.

The Secret History of Star Wars -- now available on Amazon.com!

"When George went back and put new creatures into the original Star Wars, I find that disturbing. It’s a revision of history. That bothers me."

--James Cameron, Entertainment Weekly, April 2010

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Wooohoooo! SHOSW on amazon! Congradulations zombie, this is a great moment in SW's history. While the free e-book was fantastic, now with it being availible as a hardcopy on from places like amazon and barnes & noble, it is sure to pull in a lot more attention and reach a much wider audience. This is the beginning of many more people being educated in the truth surrounding the history of these films.

"Every time Warb sighs, an angel falls into a vat of mapel syrup." - Gaffer Tape

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Great news! And just in time for Christmas too...

Is there any way we can get an autographed copy from you?

You know of the rebellion against the Empire?

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None of us have had a chance to read through the printed edition yet. All you really need to know about this book is that it is well worth reading, and if you drop thirty bucks on it, it'll be thirty bucks well spent. But if you like, check out the original thread Zombie posted about it in,

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/The-Secret-History-of-Star-Wars/topic/7679/

Reading through this thread will give you a lot more information on it than a simple review would.

Or check out his site and read about it,

www.secrethistoryofstarwars.com 

Some bits, like the FAQ, are a little outdated, but it still gives a lot of insight into the goals of the author with this book. If you read through the FAQ, you see that he is not simply a Lucas basher wanting to make the guy look bad, while he exposes a lot of Lucas' lies or misinformation Lucas has created over the years, he does so with good documentation to back up any claims he makes. This book has at its heart the goal to uncover the truth about the history the actual story of Star Wars has gone through, the twists and turns it has made to get from what it originally was back in the 1970s to what it has become today. Read it -1, even knowing you, I think you find a thing or two in there you'd find facinating. 

If you want a sample of what to expect from the book, go to the "articles" link at secrethistoryofstarwars.com and start reading. I particularly like the one titled Jabba the Hutt: "Wonderful Human Being".

"Every time Warb sighs, an angel falls into a vat of mapel syrup." - Gaffer Tape

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thanx for the info c3px,

i will definitely check it out...

later

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[no GOUT in CED?-> GOUT CED]

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Zombie, you couldn't get George Lucas to write the forward to this book:)

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Now that's a good example: make money out of Star Wars hobby without paying licensing fees to LFL.

Damn. Show me how to cast that spell... :)

I saw the original theatrical release of the Old Trilogy on the big screen and I'm proud of it...
How did I accomplish that (considering my age) is my secret...
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no reviews?

 

anyone?

 

later

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Amazon.co.uk has a review now.

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-History-Star-Wars/dp/0978465237/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227726792&sr=1-1

 

 

5 stars ain't bad, right? :p

Fun fact here: apparently, SHOSW is being used as a textbook for a University english course in South Carolina. Weird. Didn't think I'd write a university textbook before I ever went to University.

 

The Secret History of Star Wars -- now available on Amazon.com!

"When George went back and put new creatures into the original Star Wars, I find that disturbing. It’s a revision of history. That bothers me."

--James Cameron, Entertainment Weekly, April 2010

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Heh, I always thought to myself that if I ever taught a University course I would use your book.  That was just a random thought I had a couple of months ago.  Weird, huh?

There is no lingerie in space...

C3PX said: Gaffer is like that hot girl in high school that you think you have a chance with even though she is way out of your league because she is sweet and not a stuck up bitch who pretends you don't exist... then one day you spot her making out with some skinny twerp, only on second glance you realize it is the goth girl who always sits in the back of class; at that moment it dawns on you why she is never seen hanging off the arm of any of the jocks... and you realize, damn, she really is unobtainable after all. Not that that is going to stop you from dreaming... Only in this case, Gaffer is actually a guy.

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Whoa, temporarily out of stock in the UK? Not sure if they had that many copies in stock to start with, but that fact that they are out of what they had means they are selling.

Huh, that is really interesting about the University course. I wonder what the course is exactly, and how the teacher uses the book. It is actually a very good example of research well done, well put together, and well presented. And an even better example of the story writting process, and the ability stories have to evolve over time.

"Every time Warb sighs, an angel falls into a vat of mapel syrup." - Gaffer Tape

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Good job, Zombie.  I found the original e-book to be quite interesting and I'll have to order a copy of this one as well.  Looking forward to reading it.

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Hmm, today I had the thought that it might not be a bad idea to buy a copy of The Secret History of Star Wars for my local public library. It would be there accessable to anyone who happens across it, potentially reaching people who would never happen across it under other circumstances. Anyone who sits down at one of the library computers and searches the database for "Star Wars" (something that is bound to happen fairly often) they would find TSHOSW listed, possibly be intrigued by the title, and check it out. I was thinking about posting here and encouraging others to do the same, possibly even scribbling "Donated by a member of originaltrilogy.com" inside the book.

While I was seriously considering buying a copy to do this with, I remembered that if there is a book they don't have, you can request it and they will get it for you. First, they will try to find it through interlibrary loan from a nearby library, if they can't get it that way, which is quite likely as I doubt to many libraries have this book at the moment, then they will order a copy.

So, my proposal is to go to your local library and fill out a request form for The Secret History of Star Wars, whether you already own the book or not. In this manner the book could find its way to many library shelfs that it might not have found its way to otherwise.

"Every time Warb sighs, an angel falls into a vat of mapel syrup." - Gaffer Tape

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Thanks C3PX, that is a very generous suggestion.

Negative-1: actually, the first 100 pages are available to read if you are interested. Just visit the website for the link (under the 'book' section).

The Secret History of Star Wars -- now available on Amazon.com!

"When George went back and put new creatures into the original Star Wars, I find that disturbing. It’s a revision of history. That bothers me."

--James Cameron, Entertainment Weekly, April 2010