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Star Wars Episode V:
The Empire Strikes Back
Attribution information
Author(s)

Donald F. Glut

Publication information
Publisher

Ballantine Books

Release date

April 12, 1980[1]

Media type

Hardcover, Paperback

Pages

224

ISBN

0345320220

Chronology
Era

Rebellion era

Timeline

3 ABY[1]

Series

Star Wars Trilogy

Preceded by

Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge

Followed by

Tales of the Bounty Hunters

The Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novelization, written by Donald F. Glut, is the official novelization of the film of the same title. Like other novelizations, Empire contains many scenes and details cut from the film. Original printings of the book do not bear the label "Episode V" anywhere.

EditionsEdit

ForeignEdit

Publisher's summaryEdit

Although they had won a significant battle, the war between the Rebels and the Empire had really just begun. Soon, Luke, Han, the princess and their faithful companions were forced to flee, scattering in all directions…the Dark Lord's minions in fevered pursuit…

SummaryEdit

The book is the same as the film, with only a few minor differences or changes in detail or plot. A few are listed below.

Differences from the filmEdit

  • The Imperial probe droid encounters a wampa, which attacks it. The probe droid reacts by disintegrating the creature with its blaster.'
  • Han Solo never says, "And I thought they smelled bad... on the outside." He does however mention that if he doesn't get the shelter built in time, "Jabba won't need those bounty hunters."
  • After the Rebels' shield generator is destroyed, Hobbie crashes his crippled snowspeeder into the head of General Veers' AT-AT, killing himself, Veers and everyone aboard.
  • Admiral Piett goes down to Hoth with Darth Vader's landing party instead of remaining aboard the Executor.
  • Yoda has blue skin.
  • Luke sees scrolls of what look like handwritten manuscripts in Yoda's house.
  • Luke doesn't bump his head in his hurry to tell Obi-Wan and Yoda he is ready to become a Jedi.
  • Han and Leia's kiss is not interrupted by Threepio, but Chewbacca witnesses part of the scene.
  • While training Luke, Yoda throws a metal bar into the air and Luke cuts it quickly into four sections with his lightsaber as a test of his reflexes.
  • There are only five bounty hunters aboard the Executor. 4-LOM is omitted, and Zuckuss is a "human type."
  • Captain Needa's death is not directly described. The scene merely begins with: "A pair of white-armored stormtroopers lifted Captain Needa's lifeless form from the floor of Darth Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer." Another difference, as mentioned, is it is stormtroopers and not Imperial Navy troopers who carry him away.
  • When greeting the Millennium Falcon on the landing platform, Lando Calrissian's entourage includes aliens. Also all of Lando's men are armed, whereas in the film none of them have weapons drawn.
  • The protocol droid Threepio encounters never says, "E chu ta!"
  • The Ugnaughts are throwing scrap into a pool of molten metal instead of putting them onto a conveyor belt that carries them into an incinerator. Chewbacca also has far less trouble in forcing them to relinquish Threepio's parts.
  • Han attempts to shoot Vader after Lando says "I'm sorry," and he (Han) replies, "I'm sorry, too," rather than immediately after the dining room door opens as in the film.
  • Boba Fett doesn't enter the room as Vader says "We would be honored if you would join us."
  • Luke sleeps in Yoda's house, and experiences his friends' pain through the Force in the form of a nightmare that causes him to wake up.
  • During Chewbacca's rampage in the carbon freezing chamber, the stormtroopers attempting to subdue him keep accidentally hitting Threepio, much to the droid's distress and annoyance.
  • Following Chewbacca's rampage, the binders are placed on the Wookiee's wrists at Han's suggestion lest he hurt himself, telling the Imperials to remove them once "it's over."
  • Han never says "I know" in response to Leia's "I love you," which was due to Harrison Ford ad-libbing the line. Instead, here, Han simply reassures Leia that he'll be back.
  • Vader's alteration to his and Lando's deal is different. Instead if insisting Lando take Leia, Chewbacca and Threepio to his ship, he sticks to the agreement that "they must never again leave this city," however reveals he's leaving Imperial troops behind to ensure Lando cooperates.
  • Vader briefly chokes Lando with the Force to demonstrate what his fate will be if he betrays him.
  • 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 shot.
  • Vader has a blue lightsaber blade.
  • Vader says "Bring my ship in," instead of "Alert my Star Destroyer to prepare for my arrival."
  • Luke falls from the weather vane at the bottom of Cloud City before the Millennium Falcon intercepts him.
  • The nebula at the end of the film is a red-orange star.

AppearancesEdit

By type 
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Cover galleryEdit

This is a gallery of the different cover variations of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Collected inEdit

BibliographyEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

External linksEdit


Star Wars film novelizations
Prequel trilogy
Episode I: The Phantom Menace · Episode II: Attack of the Clones · Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Trilogy
Episode IV: A New Hope · Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back · Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Sequel trilogy
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
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