The Han Solo Adventures
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The Han Solo Adventures, by Brian Daley, is a 1979 trilogy of science fiction novels set in the Star Wars fictional universe two years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). The trilogy follows the smuggling days of Han Solo and Chewbacca before the movies. The books were released April, June and August 1979 respectively, making them the first non-movie books ever published, save for the 1978 Splinter of the Mind's Eye, and the last that would be published until the Lando Calrissian trilogy in 1983. The three Han Solo books were also published as an omnibus edition in 1992.
The events of series are incorporated into the timeline of the rest of the Star Wars Expanded Universe by being contextualized in interludes in Rebel Dawn, the final book of Ann C. Crispin's The Han Solo Trilogy, published in 1998.
|Series||The Han Solo Adventures
|September 12, 1979|
|Preceded by||Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka|
|Followed by||Han Solo's Revenge|
Han Solo at Stars' End
Han Solo at Stars' End is a science fiction novel set in the Star Wars expanded universe. It was written by Brian Daley and originally published in 1979 by Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books. It is the first of three books in The Han Solo Adventures trilogy.
Upon discovering that they need a special Waiver in order to operate the Millennium Falcon within the Corporate Sector without running afoul of the authorities, Han Solo and Chewbacca attempt to get in touch with Doc, an outlaw technician. However, Doc's daughter Jessa informs them that Doc has vanished, presumably abducted.
Han works out a deal with Jessa: in exchange for the Waiver and upgrades to the Falcon, he and Chewbacca will help out in the effort to discover what happened to Doc and other enemies of the Corporate Sector Authority, the capitalistic and authoritarian organization that oversees the Corporate Sector.
Blue Max, a small computer probe hidden away in Bollux's chest cavity, is able to infiltrate the Authority's computer network and begin searching for the location of the abductees. However, Rekkon's small group has been compromised by a traitor, and their activities are discovered. During the group's attempt to escape the planet, Chewbacca is captured by Espos (Authority Security Police) and taken away.
Han and the others manage to escape the planet aboard the Falcon. During liftoff, the traitor shoots Rekkon and destroys the data that Blue Max gathered. Before dying, however, Rekkon is able to leave the words 'Stars' End, Mytus VII' scrawled on the Falcon's game table. Han realizes that this must be the location of the Authority's covert prison facility.
After unmasking and dealing with the traitor, Han and the remaining members of Rekkon's group fly to Stars' End. Masquerading as interstellar entertainers, they infiltrate the facility and rescue the kidnap victims, including Doc and Chewbacca. The facility and staff members are destroyed in the escape.
In UK editions of the novel, the character name Bollux was changed to Zollux, as the original name sounds like the word bollocks, which is regarded as a moderately severe profanity in the UK.
Comic book series
In 1997, Dark Horse Comics published a three issue comic book under the title Classic Star Wars. Written by Archie Goodwin, the mini-series reprinted the comic strips by Alfredo Alcala, which had been based on the novel by Brian Daley.
|Series||The Han Solo Adventures
|Preceded by||Han Solo at Stars' End|
|Followed by||Han Solo and the Lost Legacy|
Han Solo's Revenge
Han Solo's Revenge is a science fiction novel set in the Star Wars expanded universe. It was written by Brian Daley and originally published in 1979 by Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books. It is the second of three books in the Han Solo Adventures trilogy.
Down on their luck after a botched smuggling run, Han Solo and Chewbacca resort to accepting a job offer from an anonymous employer. However, after flying the Millennium Falcon to the planet Lur for the pickup, they discover that the cargo they're meant to be shipping is a load of slaves - something for which neither Han nor Chewbacca has any tolerance.
After dealing with the slavers' attempt to commandeer the Falcon, and still in dire need of funds, Han and Chewbacca head for the planet Bonadan, where the slavers' leader was meant to meet his contact for payment.
Instead of the contact, though, they cross paths with Fiolla, an assistant auditor-general with the Corporate Sector Authority. She convinces Han that his only chance of getting paid now is to help her in tracking down the slaving ring.
The slavers are watching Fiolla and are now keeping their eyes on Han and Chewbacca as well, forcing the two smugglers to split up. Chewbacca takes the Falcon, while Han and Fiolla board a cruise liner. The two parties make plans to meet on the planet Ammuud, to investigate the slavers' connection to one of the governing clans there.
Han and Fiolla arrive on Ammuud and uncover the evidence Fiolla needs to implicate high-ranking Authority officials in the slaving ring. Outwitting the Authority forces who have been sent by Fiolla's superior to detain them, Han and Chewbacca are able to collect their payment at last and depart the planet safely.
|Series||The Han Solo Adventures
|Preceded by||Han Solo's Revenge|
|Followed by||Death Star|
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy is a science fiction novel set in the Star Wars expanded universe. It was written by Brian Daley and originally published in August 1980 by Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books. It is the third book in the Han Solo Adventures trilogy. Unlike the first two books in the trilogy, which introduced and largely fleshed out the Corporate Sector, in this book Han and Chewbacca's adventures take place in the Tion Hegemony.
While taking a well-earned break on the planet Rudrig in the Tion Hegemony, Han Solo and Chewbacca are approached by Badure, an old friend, and his female companion Hasti. Badure has a lead on the fabled Queen of Ranroon, the treasure ship of Xim the Despot, which has been believed lost for centuries.
Though Han is initially reluctant to join what he considers to be a pointless treasure hunt, he and Chewbacca decide to accompany Badure on his search. Accompanying them on their quest are Skynx, an alien historian from the planet Ruuria, and Han's droid companions, Bollux and Blue Max.
Han's group is not the only one on the trail of Xim the Despot's treasure, however. After landing on the planet Dellalt, Han and his companions are attacked and forced to abandon the Millennium Falcon. Their attackers steal the Falcon and fly her to a distant mining camp, where they intend to search her for clues to the Queen's location - by tearing the Falcon apart, if necessary.
Han and the others set off on a trip overland to recover the Falcon. On their way, they are captured by a group of religious cultists, descendants of the Queen of Ranroon's crew. The cultists are determined to keep Xim's treasure safe, and are about to unleash an army of Xim the Despot's war-robots to destroy the mining camp - and the Falcon.
Through the ingenuity of Bollux and Blue Max, the war-robots are stopped. Han and the others recover the Falcon and fly to the location of Xim's fabled treasure, only to find that the treasure isn't quite what they were expecting, consisting of technology that was state-of-the-art in Xim's era but is now commonplace and inexpensive.
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