Galaxy of Fear

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Galaxy of Fear is a series of science fiction novels set in the Star Wars galaxy three years after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The books are meant for younger readers. The books ranged from 100 pages to 200 pages in large print. The series of 12 books was written by John Whitman, and were released from February 1997 through to October 1998. The Galaxy of Fear line was created with an intent to cash in on the popularity of, and was meant to be a science fiction version of, the Goosebumps franchise.

Brief Synopsis[edit]

The books are about a young brother and sister, Zak and Tash, who travel the galaxy with their mysterious Uncle Hoole. Tash and Zak are orphans; their parents were on their homeworld of Alderaan when it was destroyed by the Death Star. Tash is fascinated with the Jedi, while Zak is interested in machines and technology.

The first six books form an arc. The protagonists discover pieces of a large Imperial experiment in biological weapons, codenamed Project Starscream. The first five books deal with the heroes discovering the various components of Project Starscream, each dangerous in its own right The sixth book deals with their discovery of the final goal of the experiments: creating a prototype organism, simply named "Weapon".

The next six books lacked a central arc. The protagonists, now wanted fugitives, simply travel from planet to planet attempting to avoid Imperial authorities. Each book told a story of the main characters stumbling onto some danger and the resulting adventure.

Story Titles[edit]

Eaten Alive[edit]

Eaten Alive, 1997. John Whitman, ISBN 0-553-50652-8 / ISBN 0-553-54283-4

City of the Dead[edit]

City of the Dead, 1997. John Whitman, ISBN 0-553-54288-5

Planet Plague[edit]

Planet Plague
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AuthorJohn Whitman
Cover artistSteve Chorney
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesGalaxy of Fear
Canon C
SubjectStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Skylark
Publication date
April 1, 1997
Media typePaperback
Pages125
ISBN0-553-48452-4
Preceded byCity of the Dead 
Followed byThe Nightmare Machine 

Planet Plague is the third book in the Galaxy of Fear series by John Whitman set in the Star Wars galaxy shortly after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

The Nightmare Machine[edit]

Ghost of the Jedi[edit]

Ghost of the Jedi, 1997. John Whitman, ISBN 0-553-48454-0

Army of Terror[edit]

Army of Terror, 1997. John Whitman, ISBN 0-553-48455-9

Army of Terror
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AuthorJohn Whitman
Cover artistSteve Chorney
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesGalaxy of Fear
Canon C
SubjectStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Skylark
Publication date
October 1, 1997
Media typePaperback
Pages127
ISBN0-553-48455-9
Preceded byGhost of the Jedi 
Followed byThe Brain Spiders 

Army of Terror is the sixth book in the Galaxy of Fear series by John Whitman set in the Star Wars galaxy shortly after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This book is also the final chapter of the "Project Starscream" story arc.

Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, and C-3PO all make an appearance in the book as they attempt to stop Project Starscream. Their appearance in the book is apparently prior to their relocation to Hoth.

The shadow creatures inhabiting Kiva were reduced to that state by an accident caused by Gog and Hoole. Little is said about the connection between Gog and Hoole, but they once worked together, which is interesting because they are both Shi'idos.

Gog's weapon is disguised as an innocent baby, with a bruise on his forehead, named "Eppon". Many people left alone with the baby mysteriously disappear. The baby also grows at an alarming rate and quickly matures into an adult. When the Rebels find an imperial lab, they also find Gog, who reveals that Hoole's full name is Mammon Hoole, who the Shadows had been talking about. Then, it is revealed that Eppon is really an imperial Bio-weapon. Eppon turns into a giant monster which tries to eat Hoole. Tash convinces Eppon to turn on Gog, who promptly blows Eppon up with a control he had in his coat, much to Tash's dismay. The Shadows burst in to kill Hoole, when suddenly the computer in the lab is turned on, revealing that it was Gog who rigged an experiment to make the power of a star in a test tube fail, and as a result it was Gog who created the Shadows. Gog is promptly killed by the Shadows immediately afterward.

The Brain Spiders[edit]

The Brain Spiders, 1997. John Whitman, ISBN 0-553-48637-3

The Brain Spiders
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AuthorJohn Whitman
Cover artistSteve Chorney
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesGalaxy of Fear
Canon C
SubjectStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Skylark
Publication date
December 1, 1997
Media typePaperback
Pages122
ISBN0-553-48637-3
Preceded byArmy of Terror 
Followed byThe Swarm 

The Brain Spiders is the seventh book in the Galaxy of Fear series by John Whitman set in the Star Wars galaxy shortly after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Many canonical characters and elements appear in the Brain Spiders such as Jabba the Hutt and Bib Fortuna. The brain spider the title references can be seen in Return of the Jedi.

A murderer who carves a K into his victims is imprisoned in Jabba's palace, when the story begins. A prisoner tricks Zak into believing that he is innocent, and Zak lets him escape. This is presumed to be the same murderer. Later, Zak thinks he sees Tash kill someone and carve the same K. This is explained when a brain spider spells out "IM TASH" in sand, suggesting that the murderer's brain was placed in Tash's body and that Tash's brain was placed in a spider.

Tash tries to develop her sense of the force at the Sarlacc pit.

The Swarm[edit]

The Swarm, 1998. John Whitman, ISBN 0-553-48638-1

Spore[edit]

The Doomsday Ship[edit]

The Doomsday Ship, 1998. John Whitman, ISBN 0-553-48640-3

The Doomsday Ship
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AuthorJohn Whitman
Cover artistSteve Chorney
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesGalaxy of Fear
Canon C
SubjectStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Skylark
Publication date
June 1, 1998
Media typePaperback
Pages128
ISBN0-553-48640-3
Preceded bySpore 
Followed byClones 

The Doomsday Ship is the tenth book in the Galaxy of Fear series by John Whitman set in the Star Wars galaxy shortly after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

All unfortunate events that took place on the Star of Empire, were orchestrated by a supercomputer (SIM?) designed as a harmless autopilot for the ship. The computer seemingly had its own agenda, when it forced the evacuation of most passengers by falsely warning them of a critical meltdown.

The rebel Dash Rendar, meets the protagonists of the story, but Zak and Tash do not trust him as much as other rebels.

The computer communicates with Zak and Tash frequently. A large part of the book is written in a font specifically devoted to the computer's speech. Zak and Tash trusted the computer for most of the story and only discovered its sinister motives at the end.

Doomsday Ship is notable for having an intentionally unresolved ending. When Tash and Zak, think they have deactivated the computer, it turns itself back on and rectifies its own errors.

Clones[edit]

Clones, 1998. John Whitman, ISBN 0-553-48641-1

The Hunger[edit]

The Hunger, 1998. John Whitman, ISBN 0-553-48642-X

The Hunger
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AuthorJohn Whitman
Cover artistSteve Chorney
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesGalaxy of Fear
Canon C
SubjectStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Skylark
Publication date
October 1, 1998
Media typePaperback
Pages140
ISBN0-553-48642-X
Preceded byClones 

The Hunger is the 12th and final book in the Galaxy of Fear series by John Whitman set in the Star Wars galaxy shortly after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The Hunger is the first Galaxy of Fear book to feature Deevee since Army of Terror.

Hoole, Tash and Zak are still looking for a place where the Empire won't find them. After losing their ship in an attack by a bounty hunter, they find themselves landing on a certain swamp planet, where they encounter a rather friendly but starving tribe of survivors.

Boba Fett is after the group, and in various occasions has them in his grasp. Yoda also makes an appearance in this book, teaching the children a valuable lesson.

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