Title: Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka
Author: L. Neil Smith
Starcave, in particular, plays with a highly intriguing science fiction concept: the possibility of life - intelligent life, even - thriving in the vacuum of deep space. Lando and Vuffi Raa, his droid sidekick, befriend the Oswaft: enormous, space-dwelling sting ray beings. Unfortunately for the Oswaft, Lando and Vuffi Raa have enemies and their association has put the Oswaft in danger as well.
While there are gambling tales in each of the three books, I'd have loved it if that aspect of Lando had been more of the focus: The Sting or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels among the stars. At the end of the story, Lando does come into enormous riches, suggesting a potential path towards the role we know he will have as administrator of Cloud City on Bespin. Lando is a likeable character in the books, though lacking in dimension. The Vuffi Raa story is actually more interesting and all of the questions surrounding him are answered in the third book. Raa calls Lando "Master" throughout the books, much to the gambler's annoyance. It is the trilogy's slightly annoying running gag but it actually turns out to have narrative relevance in the end.
|Vuffi Raa Image via Wookieepedia|
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