The Adventures of Lando Calrissian
The collected trilogy
|Author||L. Neil Smith|
|Genre||Star Wars/Science fiction|
The Adventures of Lando Calrissian is a 1983 trilogy of science-fiction novels by L. Neil Smith. Set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the novels chronicle the smuggling days of Lando Calrissian before his introduction in the original Star Wars trilogy. The series has been described as "space pulp", and highlights the differences between Lando and Han Solo.
The books were released in July, October, and December 1983, and were the first Star Wars books released since The Han Solo Adventures (1979–1980); both trilogies were originally published by Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books. They were also among the last novels in the franchise until Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy was released in the early 1990s.
The series was retroactively set ten years before the original Star Wars film, and is brought into chronological context with the rest of the Expanded Universe in Rebel Dawn (1998), the final book of A.C. Crispin's Han Solo Trilogy.
Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu
|July 1, 1983|
Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu is the first novel in L. Neil Smith's Lando Calrissian trilogy, published by Del Rey on July 1, 1983. It is noted as being more of a psychedelic fantasy novel than hard science fiction.
The book begins shortly after Lando wins the Millennium Falcon in a game of sabacc, as well as a robot which must be picked up in the Rafa system. Upon the planet of Rafa IV, convicts are made to harvest mind-draining "life-crystals" which prolong the life of elite citizens. Lando is arrested and brought before the colony's corrupt governor and the sorcerer Rokur Gepta, who will let him keep his life and liberty if he can locate the legendary Mindharp of the ancient and long-lost Sharu civilization. The Mindharp is revealed to be kept inside a multidimensional pyramid with mind-altering properties, which provides a strange adventure for the daring Lando.
Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon
|October 1, 1983|
Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon is the second novel in L. Neil Smith's Lando Calrissian trilogy, published by Del Rey on October 1, 1983.
After selling a load of life-crystals, and accompanied by his droid Vuffi Raa, Lando attempts a career as an honest freighter captain. After some bad luck, he is soon nostalgic for his old trade. Fortunately, he is invited to a sabacc game on Oseon celebrating an event called Flamewind, but is followed by Rokur Gepta. After an explosion rocks the hull of the Falcon, they safely land. During the sabacc game, Lando is distracted by the apparent sabotage of his ship, and is assaulted. He comes under trial for having a weapon, illegal on the planet. He is offered a smuggling deal as an alternative to execution.
Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka
|December 1, 1983|
Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka is the third and final novel in L. Neil Smith's Lando Calrissian trilogy, published by Del Rey on December 1, 1983.
Nearly a year after Lando and Vuffi Raa have left the Oseon system, while traveling in deep space they encounter Lehesu, a vacuum-breathing creature. Able to establish communication, they find out he is also on an adventure away from his home, the ThonBoka nebula. A month later, Lando and Raa receive word that ThonBoka is under attack from the Imperial Centrality Navy. Lehesu's exploration of the Centrality apparently provoked the attack on his species. Lando and Raa rush to assist their friend.
The Imperial blockade makes Lando nervous, but he cons his way through the fleet. When the Millennium Falcon strays from its course and is ordered to return, they dump explosives and go into hyperspace to fake the Falcon's destruction. Meanwhile, Rokur Gepta forms an alliance with a confederate squadron. Lando and Raa reunite with Lehesu, and hear of a negotiation attempt which only results in an outbreak of battle. The vacuum-breathing creatures use their projection and hyperspace abilities to fool the Imperial Navy, which fires on its allied ships. As Vuffi Raa pilots the Falcon, Lando engages the enemy in battle from the quad-gun in one of their last adventures before Raa is resummoned to his original programming.
- The Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Paperback Ed,1983, L. Neil Smith, ISBN 0-345-31158-2
- The Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon, Paperback Ed,1983, L. Neil Smith, ISBN 0-345-31163-9
- The Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of Thonboka, Paperback Ed,1983, L. Neil Smith, ISBN 0-345-31164-7
- The Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon, and Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of Thonboka, Del Rey omnibus edition, 1994. L. Neil Smith, ISBN 0-345-39110-1
- The Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Book Club Hardback Ed,1984, L. Neil Smith, Book Club # 3639
- The Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon, Book Club Hardback Ed,1984, L. Neil Smith, Book Club # 3588
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