The Star Wars Trilogy, 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition
by George Lucas, James Kahn, Donald Glut
List Price: $25.95
Hardcover - 1248 pages (June 2002)
Del Rey; ISBN: 0345453395
Review by David Marsh
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"They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Naturally they became heroes."
- Leia Organa of Alderaan, Senator

This might not be a bad thing to add to you bookshelf. You'll probably even enjoy reading it from time to time. It's big, it's heavy and it's got over a thousand pages of original Star Wars storyline, covering the first three films, and now that I think about it, you'd probably better grab this and keep it safe against revisionist history. Any minute George Lucas will proably send covert teams out to revise all the Star Wars scripts and novels to agree with the revamped storyline shown in the Phantom Trilogy. When that happens, this really will be a collectors edition.

On the other hand, you should know that the whole thing was released in trade in 1987 and again in 1993 in paperback, complete with the introductory letter from "Leia Organa of Alderaan, Senator". Is that a tribute title? I mean, isn't Alderaan an uncharted asteroid field by the middle of the first book?

While this collection has its place, pulling together all the original novelizations, what I'd like to see, and yes, even at the cost of modifying things to make them hold together with the Phantom Trilogy, would be one author writing with a consistent voice. If Lucas/Del Rey got somebody good, like Terry Brooks, whom they used for The Phantom Menace, included some essays by Lucas Court Mythologist Joesph Campbell,  wrapped the whole thing in fine Corinthian leather and put full color plates of the original movie posters at the beginning of each book...and got Lucas to do an introduction...that would be a collectors edition.

And pretty much no matter what they charged, it would be worth the money. The current edition will have to hold you until they do though, and at $25.95 (less discounts at your favorite megabookseller) it's not a bad deal.

 

2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu