Suvudu Interview with Ryder Windham

January 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Interview, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Suvudu has an interview with Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual author Ryder Windham today. The interview covers Windham’s work with both novels and reference books, the differences between the two, and of course the Millennium Falcon.

What did your collaboration with Haynes involve? How did they assist you in writing the book?

I worked very closely with Haynes editor Derek Smith, and also the artists Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas. I wrote a rough outline with proposed topics for each spread, and then Chris and Chris added more stuff, and then we shuffled things around until we filled 125 pages of material, including the inside back cover. All involved can correct me or beat me up if I’m wrong, but I think it was my idea to present other ships in the YT-series to help illustrate the evolution of the YT-1300. If I had a question about some part of the Falcon and I couldn’t find information in a reference book, Chris and Chris either sent me the info or gave me their own suggestions for how I might write certain bits. The project was very collaborative.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Book Review: ‘The Haynes Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual’

January 31, 2012 at 8:18 am | Posted in Reviews, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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My dad was always the kind of person who wanted to try fixing something first before resorting to outside help. This meant that every time he bought a vehicle over the years, part of the process would include heading to the Shucks Auto near our old home to buy a Haynes repair manual. First one I can remember him getting was for his beat-up Volkswagon Rabbit pickup truck, and did he ever need the manual for that lemon. Some of my fondest memories growing up was sitting on the front porch while he tore into that unreliable engine bay to fix the latest leak or blown gasket. I remember very distinctly that he’d have the old, beat-up, oil-stained Haynes manual sitting atop the engine, waiting for him to open it up to reference the exact issue he was working on.

A little over a month ago, the great people at Del Rey sent me an advance copy of a book that took me back in time to those days watching my dad fix his truck: The Haynes Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual by Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff, and Chris Trevas.

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New Release: ‘Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual’

January 31, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today the Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual is out. Written by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff, the hardcover book is going for $15.94 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

This Haynes Manual traces the model history of the Corellian Engineering Corporation’s YT series of spaceships and the development of the YT-1300 model line before focusing on the Millennium Falcon, itself a modified YT-1300. Onboard systems, controls, and their operation are described in detail and supported by a host of photographs, line art, floor plans, exploded diagrams, and stunning computer-generated artwork, all newly created by acknowledged Falcon experts Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas. Text is by Ryder Windham, author of more than fifty Star Wars books.

Covering operational history, piloting, propulsion, weapons, engineering systems, sensors, and crew facilities, this is the most thorough technical guide to the Millennium Falcon available.

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New Look at The Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual

October 27, 2011 at 9:34 am | Posted in Art, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Thanks to Pete at LightsaberRattling.com, we’ve got a heads up that BookDepository.com has posted a 10 page preview of the upcoming Star Wars: The Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual. They also have a contest to win a Lego Millennium Falcon, and pre-orders for the hardcover (although both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have it listed cheaper right now). You can click here to check out their page and click “Download extract” to see the page previews.

Star Wars: The Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual will be out on January 31, 2012.

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Misc Star Wars Book News: Riptide, Apocalypse, and Falcon Owner’s Manual

October 5, 2011 at 8:50 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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Paul S. Kemp posted on his website today a reminder that his upcoming book Star Wars: Riptide will be out in just  few weeks along with his new short story “A Fair Trade” in the next edition of Star Wars Insider. And for those Star Wars fans who haven’t pre-ordered Riptide yet, Paul is offering to mail signed copies of the novel for just $11 dollars to any fans who are interested (international fans will have to pay $6 for the novel and whatever the international shipping amounts to). This is a great opportunity to get a signed novel so don’t miss out. You can check out the full details here.

Star Wars Books has also updated their Facebook page with a few details concerning upcoming releases. First off they revealed that an early copy of the Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual will be on hand at the Del Rey Star Wars booth at the New York City Comic Con for fans to look at. NYCC takes place October 13-16 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY. Star Wars Books also stated that we’ll be seeing some online preview shots of interior pages soon.

They also shared the news that the manuscript for Troy Denning’s Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse is in. With this news comes the possibility of some future excerpts in the very near future. It’s a long wait till April, so enjoy the announcement and eager anticipation.

The Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual

July 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Coming February 7, 2012, The Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual will be written by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff. According to Star Wars Books, the book “will give you a detailed look inside the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” It will be an oversized 128 page full color hardcover, published by Del Rey.

Featuring brand-new, full-color cutaways, this manual will provide the most thorough technical description of the Millennium Falcon available as well as detailed information about:
-The history of Corellian Engineering, the YT-series and the YT-1300
-Millennium Falcon operational history (previous owners and modifications)
-Engineering systems and sensors
-Crew facilities: quarters, medical bay, and recreation.
-Piloting, propulsion, weapons, and defensive systems.
-Flight notes: practical and tactical information on flying the Millennium Falcon.

It’s worth noting that this is just a preliminary cover. Regardless it’s pretty cool looking and it makes you wonder if we might see more.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

 

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