A short story collection edited
by Kevin J. Anderson (1995, Bantam)
Book 1 of the Star Wars Tales
During the events of Star Wars: A New Hope
Short stories about the aliens seen in the cantina during Star Wars.
Read September 19th to 26th, 1996
I enjoyed these stories, even though I'm not a fan of short stories.
The authors each took responsibility for one character that we see in
the Cantina in Star Wars
and develop a story around them. Some of the stories were known already,
through the Role Playing Sourcebooks. When I had read the Star Wars
Trilogy Sourcebook, I had been intrigued, but some of the stories seemed
far fetched. Now these authors elaborated on those stories.
Others were brand new, as far as I know.
Some were good stories, others were not-so-good. Some illuminated
characters, others seemed to clash with my set ideas. I loved the
way almost every story referenced at least a couple of other stories in
the anthology. I don't know whose idea that was, but it was a pretty
One thing I didn't think worked all that well was the number
of "innocent" characters there appear to be in the cantina. Most
are non-lethal, just there because they're down on their luck, or for a
drink. But Ben Kenobi said we'll never see a more dangerous place.
Some, like Jerrick (the pipe smoker at the bar) are very dangerous.
Others, like Muftak and Kabe, are thiefs. Even the Tonnika sisters
were not the real Tonnika sisters! I thought their story must be
more interesting than the one about the imposters. Ah, well...