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Kingston – Books 15 – IMG_6296
Author: James Kahn
Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas
Story by: George Lucas
Publisher: Del Rey Science Fiction
* 8 page color insert
The very depth of space. There was the length, and width, and height; and then these dimensions and then these dimensions curved over on themselves into a bending blackness measurable only to the glinting stars that tumbled through the Chasm, receding to infinity. To the very depth.
These stars marked the moments of the universe. There were aging orange embers, blue dwarfs, twin yellow giants. There were collapsing neutron stars, and angry supernovae that hissed into the icy emptiness. There were borning stars, breathing stars, pulsing stars, and dying stars. There was the Death Star.
At the feathered edge of the galaxy, the Death Star floated in stationary orbit above the green moon Endor – a moon whose mother planet had long since died of unknown cataclysm and disappeared into unknown realms. The Death Star was the Empire’s armored battle station, nearly twice as big as its predecessor, which Rebel forces had destroyed so many years before – nearly twice as big, but more that twice as powerful. Yet it was only half complete.
Half a steely black orb, it hung above the green world of Endor, tentacles of unfinished superstructure curling away towards its living companion like the groping legs of a deadly spider.
An Imperial Star Destroyer approached the giant space station at cruising speed. It was massive – a city itself – yet it moves with deliberate grace, like some great sea dragon. It was accompanied by dozens of Twin Ion Engine fighters – black insectlike combat flyers that zipped back and forth around the battleships perimeter: scouting, sounding, docking, and regrouping.
Soundlessly the main bay of the ship opened. There was a brief ignition-flash, as an Imperial shuttle emerged from the darkness of the hold, into the darkness of space. It sped toward the half-completed Death Star with quiet purpose.
If you want to read more of the Prologue, you will need to purchase the book
Paperback 181 pages ISBN: 0-345-30767-4