Wednesday, July 15, 2020


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A lot of family vacation plans have been cancelled due to the pandemic. If you are sticking around the house for a summer staycation there is no reason you can't imagine going on some fantastic travels. There are a number of travel guides available that let readers explore exotic locations from some of their favorite sci-fi and superhero adventures.

My family was looking forward to a trip to Disney World this summer to visit the new Star Wars Galaxy's Edge attraction at the amusement park. Unfortunately that excursion has been postponed to next year or later (we couldn't get tickets to Disney World right now even if we wanted to go) but we are getting a look at what is like to venture around the planet of Batuu (which replicates the Star Wars Galaxy within Florida) by reading a new book from publisher becker & mayer. STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE: TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO BATUU is written from the perspective as if the author is a resident of Batuu providing readers with recommendations on where to eat, shop, and sightsee during a trip to Black Spire Outpost in the Outer Rim of the Star Wars galaxy.  Reading this book really compliments the immersive experience of Disney's Star Wars theme park attraction.

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I appreciated that this book edits out any hint of Earthly visitors to the Black Spire Outpost on the out of the way planet of Batuu. This 114 page hardcover book is full of colorful illustrations and pictures that make you feel while flipping through it as if you are actually walking around the place. It provides lots of details about the history, geography, population and technology of this alien world. Learn about spiran fireflies that light up the night sky providing a natural fireworks show, the types of land speeders that residents of Black Spire Outpost zip around in and the ancient ruins that are one of Batuu's best kept secrets.

Without breaking the fourth wall of story telling, STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE: TRAVELERS GUIDE TO BATUU also provides practical tips for a visit. This Star Wars travel guide to the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu (aka the Star Wars area of Disney World and Disneyland) describes beverages available in that den of scum and villainy known as Oga's Cantina and food you can find at more reputable establishments including Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo, Tugg's Grubb, Kat Saka's Kettle and Ronto Roasters. It also highlights different vendors on Merchant Row that are great spots to get souvenirs ranging from the Creature Stall to the Wooden Wookie.


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Whether you just want to fantasize about traveling to a galaxy far, far away or are planning a real life trip to a Disney amusement park, this book is an entertaining and informative Star Wars themed travel guide. STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE: TRAVELERS GUIDE TO BATUU is not only fun to read but provides useful tips on immersing yourself within this fantasy land during a visit there. It is written so that the book is entertaining and useful to read without spoiling someone's first hand impressions when actually getting to visit there. I was geeked to read this book and I'm sure any Star Wars fan will feel the same about this official in-world guide to Galaxy's Edge.

For those of you interested in immersing yourself in the Star Wars galaxy without leaving home, check out  this cookbook from publisher Insight Editions. STAR WARS GALAXY'S EDGE-- THE OFFICIAL BLACK SPIRE OUTPOST shows you how to cook up the type of recipes that are served in the cantinas and restaurants located at the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu. We love to bake up a batch of Rings of Hudalla to snack on while watching a Star Wars film or television show!

Insight Editions has also published a wonderful series of travel guides that transport readers to fantastic places. Learn all about the 'Verse where the crew of the Serenity traverse in episodes of the tv show Firefly. Explore the cosmos where Marvel comic book and movie stories take place. Plan your itinerary for a trek through the Klingon Empire. Hidden Universe Travel Guides let readers imagine they are preparing to take a trip to some of the places that provide the setting for their favorite fantasy adventures.

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Firefly is a sci-fi television show created by Josh Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Series, The Avengers) that was broadcast on Fox for just one season in 2002. While the show only aired 11 of its 14 episodes during its original run, Firefly has developed a cult following. Are you a Firefly fan?

The television series follows the renegade crew of the firefly-class starship Serenity escapades around the 'Verse. Set in a futuristic 2517 the 'Verse is the area of outer space where all human life currently has expanded from Earth which is comprised of five stars, seven protostars, and more than seventy planets and their corresponding moons. This provides for a very diverse fictional universe to explore!

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A TRAVELER'S COMPANION TO THE 'VERSE provides a first-hand account of what it is like to fly through the Black from Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew of the Serenity. Learn how the societies of Earth-That-Was have influenced different planets among the stars, discover how to have a fun trip and the sights to see while planet hopping, and get safety tips on where the Alliance protects travelers and dangerous spots where Reavers roam.

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This 160 page paperback book is full of colorful illustrations and interesting trivia that will have readers feeling as if they are about to head off to real places within the 'Verse. Whether of not you've watched the show, any sci-fi fan will appreciate this world building guide to exploring the fantasy universe of Firefly. If you can't go on a family road trip, why not let your imagination have you travel among the stars?

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Whether or not you are a Star Trek fan, I think pretty much everyone knows that the Federation and Star Fleet are the good guys and the Klingons are the bad guys. So what makes the Klingons' tick? Why not find out by taking a trek through the Klingon Empire.

If you want to have an exhilarating expedition of exotic locals take a tour of the Klingon Empire. Hidden Universe Travel Guides' STAR TREK: THE KLINGON EMPIRE shows you around the homeworld of Qo'noS as well as takes readers on side trips through the vast territory of space that makes up the Klingon Empire. You may be surprised to find the place is more vibrant than often depicted from the Starfleet perspective. Maybe the Klingons aren't as bad as the Federation makes them out to be? Do you have what it takes to survive across the Klingon Empire? This travel guide provides to dos and don'ts of avoiding the sharp end of a bat'leth.

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klingon empire

This one-of-a-kind 160 page travel guide provides the standard niceties and social mores for getting along with Klingons. From tips on what to wear to a glossary of important phrases such as nuqDaq 'oH puchpa'e' "where is the bathroom?" you'll learn where to go and how to get around all the must see destinations within the Klingon Empire.

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Insight Editions Hidden Universe Travel Guides also take you a tour of important locals within the Marvel Cosmos. This travel guide features information on more than forty out of this world hot spots ranging from Asgard to Knowhere within the Marvel superhero universe as well as the lowdown on some of Earth's most exotic and mysterious locations including Latveria, the Savage Land and Wakanda.

The 160 page paperback book has The Guardians of the Guardian serving as your personal tour guides providing notes and annotations about their experiences traveling about the Marvel Cosmos. Get invaluable tips from the unique perspectives of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot as they share their thoughts on topics ranging from where to get a drink in Alfheim to how to deal with Ego the Living Planet. This is a super book for those interested in delving more into the background of the settings where Marvel comic books and movies take place.

From Planet X to the Planet of the Symbiotes, the Marvel Cosmos is a vast space to navigate. THE COMPLETE MARVEL COSMOS is a fun way to learn about it and pretend to explore it yourself. Get the ins and outs of safely exploring the Marvel Universe from your friends the Guardians of the Universe in this handy travel guide.

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So maybe you aren't traveling across the country or around the globe due to the pandemic. Make the best of a staycation by imagining taking a trip to one of your favorite sci-fi or super hero universes. These fantastic travel guides are a great way to travel among the stars. As the great Kasey Casem use to say "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

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