I used to be a fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek but ST 11 killed that off (And I didn't even need to see it to know so) and pushed me to the dark side both literally and figuratively. So I now wish to devote all my knowledge and interest to SW! My question, those of you who know all that ridiculous stuff like the different types of ships that were never seen in any of the movies and stuff like how much power each laser uses and what types there are, etc - where do you learn about such stuff? Is there a giant SW book with all that information in it or something? Particular book series one should read or anything? As far as what I've read so far I have only read the trilogy about Han Solo and started on the Bounty Hunter trilogy. Any advice to a new devote fan so I can become knowledgable about this stuff? And if not quite apparent, I'm a fan of the Sith/Empire and as such that is where my greatest interest lies (No offense to ye rebel lovin' scum ;)). So I'd love to read books and such about the Empire winning and crushing the rebels. Perhaps from the perspective of someone in command of an ISD or something? Something from the perspective of Emperor Palpatine would be interesting too. The only extended knowledge I have of the ships in the SW universe come from Freelancer mods which had quite a few of them in there. But the differences between all the laser types on ships I don't know. Now I do know a bit about the blaster guns and stuff - I played SWG for a few years back when it was kick ass and learned a bit from there too.
Hard to say really. Most authors don't come out and tell us how everything works, you just have to be a lost fanboy to know this kind of stuff. But to start, I suggest the Thrawn Trilogy and the X-Wing series - they're less abstract and more detail-oriented. In general, I think one should take anything written before 1998 or so with a grain of salt - a lot of the continuity wasn't up to par until then and there are some contradictions. But then, if you're confuzzled, that's what Wookieepedia is for :D But always beware of spoilers there. Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki
7th December 2003
One way to learn ridiculous amounts of useless fan-fiction type data are books for role playing games. They usually have lists of weapons and ships and lots of background information about planets and so on.
As for fan fiction with the Empire kicking some butt: The "Heirs to the Empire"-trilogy isn't bad. It is set after that movies and has lots of parts about a Star Destroyer captain and his guerilla style war vs. the new republic, from what I remember.
MrFancypants;4959461As for fan fiction with the Empire kicking some butt: The "Heirs to the Empire"-trilogy isn't bad. It is set after that movies and has lots of parts about a Star Destroyer captain and his guerilla style war vs. the new republic, from what I remember.
The Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to The Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command) are not Fan Fiction. They're canon.
As for "technobabble" etc, another good place to learn about SW tech/history/characters is Wookieepeedia. For starters, it's one hell of a lot cheaper (It's free!) than going around buying books and RPG campaign guides etc.