The Empire Strikes Back (novel)

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The Empire Strikes Back
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Author Donald F. Glut
Country USA
Language English
Series Film novelizations
Canon G
Subject Star Wars
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Del Rey
Publication date

Hardcover:
21 August 1995

Paperback:
April 12, 1980
Media type Hardcover & Paperback
Pages

Hardcover: 224

Paperback: 224
ISBN

Hardcover:
ISBN 0-345-40078-X

Paperback:
ISBN 0-345-28392-9
Preceded by Splinter of the Mind's Eye
Followed by Shadows of the Empire

The Empire Strikes Back is a science fiction novel written by Donald F. Glut and first published on April 12, 1980 by Del Rey. It is based on the script of the film of the same name.

Glut's novelisation was originally released in two forms; a standard edition and a special Young Readers Edition that was condensed into 150 pages. Initial printings of both versions contained 8 pages of colour photographs in the middle of the book.

Differences from the film[edit]

  • Yoda is said to have blue skin in the novel, while in all other appearances his skin is greenish.
  • Luke Skywalker's training with Yoda is given more detail than in the film.
  • The Battle of Hoth is extended somewhat, such as when General Veers' AT-AT is destroyed by a Snowspeeder shortly after destroying the Rebels's shield generator.
  • Darth Vader's lightsaber blade is said to be blue in the novel, whereas in the films it is red.
  • When Luke is attacked by Stormtroopers in Cloud City, he returns fire with his blaster, unlike in the film, where he doesn't fire a single shot.