Star Wars: Imperial Handbook
Subtitled “A Commander’s Guide”, this is a Star Wars reference book masquerading as an artefact from a galaxy far, far away.
Luke Skywalker’s intro explains that the book dates from just before the destruction of the first Death Star, and contains all the information a new Imperial officer would need to understand the Empire’s military.
Featuring entries by recognisable Imperial types ( Captain Piett, Admiral Ozzel, the Emperor himself), it’s packed with info on the Empire’s history and hardware, Rebel scum and more – though the propaganda tone means we probably can’t believe everything.
Rebel commanders have scribbled comments in the margins, so we get to see Han and Leia’s “handwriting”.
Look carefully and you can find hints at the new, cross- media Star Wars continuity – Han confirms that, as in the old “Legends” expanded universe, he attended the Imperial Academy before becoming a smuggler.