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Han Solo and the Corporate Sector (1993)

From 1979 to 1980, Brian Daley wrote the three Han Solo Adventures novels — Han Solo at Star’s End, Han Solo’s Revenge and Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. I could never get through them, but they, along with the Marvel comic and the non-canon Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, form up the foundation of the expanded universe.

Han Solo and the Corporate Sector (1993) is a sourcebook for the first two novels (the last is set in the Tion Hegemony). The titular Corporate Sector is run by the the tyrannical Corporate Sector Authority, a stand-in for the Empire that sets the stage for exploring Solo’s history as an outlaw and smuggler. Despite having no real opinion on the source material, this is one of my favorite sourcebooks for WEGSW.

The intention is to inject a bit of the Western into Star Wars. There is a gunslinger (Galanadro, who is a pretty cool character, honestly), a jail break, swoop racing, frontier life. It also, inadvertently, introduces a whiff of cyberpunk into the sci fi of star wars, with immoral monolithic corporations and heists and lowlifes. Most of all, it is refreshing because the Corporate Sector Authority (I would abbreviate it, but I can’t help but read CSA as “community-supported agriculture”) is not the Empire and Star Wars definitely benefits from more villains that aren’t the Empire and a new superweapon. Variety is the spice of life!

Nice art by Tim Eldred, Alan Nunis and Mike Vilardi throughout. The only real crime here is that the Lando Calrissian trilogy of novels didn’t get a similar sourcebook treatment.

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