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Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Here is a list of the best Expanded Universe books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Robert Heinlein’s Expanded Universe: Volume One (2015)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“The single most important and valuable Heinlein book ever published.”—Spider RobinsonRobert A. Heinlein has been hailed as one of the most forward-thinking science fiction writers of all time, and Expanded Universe(presented in two volumes) offers the perfect collection of his works to provide readers with true insights into his uniquely creative mind. Heinlein personally selected each story or essay for inclusion in this collection, which is ordered chronologically, starting with his first sale in 1939 of “Life-Line” to Astounding (for seventy dollars).This remarkable collection highlights the…
Author(s): Robert A. Heinlein

2. Robert Heinlein’s Expanded Universe: Volume Two (2015)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“The single most important and valuable Heinlein book ever published.”—Spider RobinsonRobert A. Heinlein has been hailed as one of the most forward-thinking science fiction writers of all time, and Expanded Universe (presented in two volumes) offers the perfect collection of his works to provide readers with true insights into his uniquely creative mind.Heinlein personally selected each story or essay for inclusion in this collection, which is ordered chronologically, starting with his first sale in 1939 of “Life-Line” to Astounding (for seventy…
Author(s): Robert A. Heinlein

3. Star Wars Interviews: The Original Trilogy and Expanded Universe [Volume Two] (2019)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your BookshelfMore Stories from the CantinaIn film studios long ago but not so very far away, George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, and Richard Marquand each directed a Star Wars “episode” in what became known as the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. But they didn’t do it alone…Film historian Dennis Pellegrom gathers an eclectic ensemble of Star Wars cast and crew for a wide-ranging series of interviews. From Jabba the Hutt sculptor John Coppinger, creature-effects creator Nick Maley, and Mark Austin (Boba Fett), to art director Nilo Rodis-Jamero, costume designer John Mollo,…
Author(s): Dennis Pellegrom , Bob McLain, et al.

4. Harry Potter Facts and Trivia: Fun Facts and Trivia from the Harry Potter Books, Movies, and Expanded Universe (2018)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your BookshelfHundreds of fun facts and trivia from the Harry Potter series….
Author(s): Jamie White

5. THE CTHULHU MYTHOS ENCYCLOPEDIA – A GUIDE TO H.P. LOVECRAFT’S UNIVERSE – UPDATED AND EXPANDED THIRD EDITION (2008)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your BookshelfPaperback Publisher: Elder Signs Press (2008) ASIN: B001GRZLHI Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,986,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1198 in Mythology & Folklore Encyclopedias Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Daniel Harms

6. 1. Heir to the Empire – 2. Dark Force Rising – 3. The Last Command (Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy) (2001)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAs the first three of many Star Wars spin-off novels, it marked the beginning of an era of rapid expansion of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The titles of the three books are: * Heir to the Empire * Dark Force Rising * The Last Command…
Author(s): Timothy Zahn

7. The Illustrated “A Brief History of Time” and “The Universe in a Nutshell” (2007)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your BookshelfOne of the most influential thinkers of our time, Stephen Hawking is an intellectual icon, known not only for the adventurousness of his ideas but for the clarity and wit with which he expresses them. In this new book Hawking takes us to the cutting edge of theoretical physics, where truth is often stranger than fiction, to explain in laymen’s terms the principles that control our universe. Like many in the community of theoretical physicists, Professor Hawking is seeking to uncover the grail of science – the elusive Theory of Everything that lies at the heart of the cosmos. In his accessible and often playful style, he…
Author(s): Stephen W. Hawking

8. Defining a Galaxy: 30 Years in a Galaxy Far, Far Away (2018)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn the late 1980s, Star Wars was becoming a fading memory. The movie trilogy had concluded. The comic books and novels were winding down. The action figures had run their course. As the franchise celebrated its tenth anniversary, there was a new ride at Disneyland and … not much else. Not until a small hobby game company released Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and The Star Wars Sourcebook. And suddenly the galaxy began to expand.This is the story of how a group of dedicated fans and gaming professionals helped pave the way for the Star Wars Expanded…
Author(s): Bill Slavicsek

9. The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition (Star Wars) (2018)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFrom the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms—and perhaps lay down their lives—for the cause. Rey, the orphan strong in the Force; Finn, the ex-stormtrooper who stands against his former masters; and Poe Dameron, the fearless X-wing pilot, have been drawn together to fight side-by-side with General Leia Organa and the Resistance. But the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke and his merciless enforcer Kylo Ren are adversaries with superior numbers…
Author(s): Jason Fry

10. Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Vol. 1) (1992)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIt’s five years after the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and drove the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights.   But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords, Grand Admiral Thrawn, has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New…
Author(s): Timothy Zahn

11. A Brief History of Time (1998)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a…
Author(s): Stephen Hawking

12. Star Wars: The Best of the Original Trilogy (2019)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe iconic characters from the original Star Wars trilogy are the main event in this new collection that explores the heroes and villains that we all know a love. Rediscover fan favourites from Luke Skywalker and Han Solo to Boba Fett and Darth Vader with exclusive behind-the-scenes images and interviews….
Author(s): Titan Magazines

13. The Sword of Bedwyr (The Crimson Shadow) (2019)

Best Expanded Universe Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf  In the once-stable land of Eriador, young fighter Luthien Bedwyr is too naive to grasp the consequences of the evil new reign of Wizard-King Greensparrow—until Luthien’s best friend is slain by one of the despot’s cyclopean soldiers. Publicly vowing revenge, Luthien becomes not only the wizard’s most-wanted adversary, but also a fugitive embarking on a grand scheme to restore peace to the kingdom.   His mettle tested, Luthien crosses paths with highwayhalfling Oliver deBurrows. The irrepressible thief is game to join him. But at…
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore

Non-film material produced prior to 2014 was collectively known as the Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU or EU). It was later rebranded to Star Wars Legends and declared non-canonical to the franchise, with the exception of the CGI-animated The Clone Wars film and TV series of the same name. This is a timeline for novels, young adult books, and eBooks in the Expanded Universe/Legends continuity. It is not for comics or short stories in Legends continuity. This timeline is organized by chronology, and separated by era, as defined by Lucas Licensing. See also Timeline of galactic history This body of work was collectively known as the Star Wars expanded universe for decades. In October 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion. In April 2014, Lucasfilm rebranded the Expanded Universe material as Star Wars Legends and declared it non-canon to the franchise. The term expanded universe, sometimes called an extended universe, is generally used to denote the “extension” of a media franchise (like a television program or a series of feature films) with other media, generally comics and original novels.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some expanded universe books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Enhancing Hubble's Vision: Service Missions That Expanded Our View of the Universe

Author(s): David J. Shayler, David M. Harland
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1467620

The Artful Universe Expanded

Author(s): J.Barrow
Publisher: OUP, Year: 2005, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 791417

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really best-sellers according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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