The Hive: Star Wars (Short Story)

The Hive: Star Wars (Short Story)

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BONUS: This short story features an exclusive author interviewa€”plus an excerpt from Steven Barnesa€™ Star Wars novel, The Cestus Deception. WHAT LIES BENEATH Dispatched as a Republic envoy to the Outer Rim planet Ord Cestusa€”in a bid to halt the sale of potentially deadly a€œbio-droidsa€ to the Confederacya€”Obi-Wan Kenobi finds himself enlisted in a mission more desperate, and dangerous, than diplomatic. The once self-contained world has long since been co-opted by unscrupulous offworlders, whose plunder of a vital natural resource has enabled the rise of a powerful corporation that controls the economy. Ord Cestusa€™s native population, the Xa€™Ting, are now mere second-class citizens in their own society. Enter the Jedi Knight, with news that a legal technicality has turned the tablesa€”and the corrupt forces with a stranglehold on Ord Cestus are now at the mercy of the Xa€™Ting. Circumstances, however, are more dire than the Republic suspected. In the wake of a devastating plague, the Xa€™Tinga€™s benevolent rulers are dead, and the once tightly knit race has splintered into battling factions. Reunification can only come with the rise of new royals, whom all Xa€™Ting are bound by blood to serve. But the eggs that will spawn those sovereigns lie out of reach, secured in a secret chamber and booby-trapped by those whose knowledge died with them in the plague. Now, to salvage a peoplea€™s destiny, Obi-Wan will risk a veritable descent into hell: braving the unknown horrors in the forgotten depths of an alien world, on a perilous quest from which none who went before have ever returned.The pause that followed might have swallowed it decenta€”size star cruiser. ... They sang mnemonic tunes, imprinting the subconscious with recipes for explosives, ordnance manuals, equations for lines ... seemed merely concerned with the day, and the sun, and the world about them without specific instructions on the art ofanbsp;...

Title:The Hive: Star Wars (Short Story)
Author: Steven Barnes
Publisher:LucasBooks - 2004-05-18

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