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…In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Posted January 22, 2015

landoLando Calrissian enters an underground cathedral, one constructed to force a feeling of awe in a person, one with polished floors meant to force a person to take small steps, precariously balanced, with no choice but to contemplate the power of gods and subservience of man. Lando reacts by taking a running start and sliding across the floor as he shouts “Wheee!”

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5 Responses to “…In a Galaxy Far, Far Away”

  1. DeMoss
    January 23rd, 2015 @ 12:21 am

    Thank you, Keith. I somehow – in the height of my Star Wars fandom – missed this trilogy and it’ll be interesting to pick it up now, after the daily grind has ground the nuance out of that galaxy far, far away.

  2. Anukampa
    January 23rd, 2015 @ 2:25 am

    Thanks Keith for bringing a current review of a series that I had no knowledge of in the Star Wars pulp universe. Your review brought dimension to the character Lando Calrissian ( oh how melodic a name!) that isn’t just a peripheral subject as delegated in the Star Wars film universe.
    I couldn’t help but seeing the pulp vision of Lando in the same camp as Steve McQueen’s Thomas Crown character. A man who doesn’t look for a fight for the sake of brawling, a man who likes the finer things in life and just wants to keep that gravy train pouring along. Sabacc instead of chess, okay. Reckless dune buggy wheelies against crude Falcon landings, accepted. I cracked up at your ‘Cracker Barrell gift shop’ analogy. I suppose there would be no Wall Street in future space. How else is a futuristic Renaissance man going to make the Druggats for all the fine cigars, liquor and ladies? Probably no Boston Mercantile Banks in deep space to rob.
    I’m so glad that the artwork on the books kept the handsome likeness of heart throb Billy Dee Williams for the covers. Williams face should be next to the word dashing in all dictionaries. I’ve now got my next reading series cut out for me.

  3. Keith Allison
    January 23rd, 2015 @ 1:12 pm

    You’re right! He is a lot like Thomas Crown. That is a fantastic comparison. I hope you enjoy the books as much as I did. They read really quick — not more than a day or so to complete each one.

    For sake of word count, I had to cut my whole argument about how Lando gets a raw deal as “betraying” Han Solo in the movie. Dude had a WHOLE CITY to protect, had a gun to his head, and saved the lives of thousands of people. Plus, if they hadn’t stopped to choke him in the hallway, he probably would have gotten to the space dock in plenty of time to save Han — as had been his plan all along!

  4. Unreasonable Action
    January 25th, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

    They’re fascinating reads, but even more than the Han Solo Adventures, Lando’s feel like an unsold pulp’s protagonist’s proper name was switched out, and the rest of the text was published as is…

    Have you seen the episode of Rebels with Lando?

  5. James Conder
    January 25th, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

    I had forgotten all about these. I’ve always enjoyed the Brett Maverick archetype, and now you’ve got me wanting to seek them out them and re-read them.

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