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Before Force Awakens, New Star Wars Book Satisfies Carlsbad Fans

Photo caption: Brothers Andrew and Jesse Graham at the "Episode VII" panel at Star Wars Cele...

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Brothers Andrew and Jesse Graham at the "Episode VII" panel at Star Wars Celebration VII on Apr. 16, 2015.

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Star Wars fans will have a chance to enjoy the art, fashion and story lines of a galaxy, far, far away, Wednesday in Carlsbad.

The teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie, coming out in December, racked up more than 30 million views on YouTube on the first day of its release. So it seems that there are quite a few people looking forward to Star Wars episode VII - The Force Awakens.

But it's not just the new movie that has ignited interest. Star Wars inspired legions of fans, who supported not just the films, but bought toys and collectibles. It all started when the first movie hit theaters in 1977.

Fans started clubs, and now have blogs and podcasts, about Stars Wars news, and collecting. They dress up like characters from the movies, and make fan films based on and celebrating the universe created by George Lucas.

Now, they have something new to chew on. A new book "Ultimate Star Wars" is an encyclopedia of all six of the Star Wars films, and the two animated TV series, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels."

"The book is unique," Adam Bray, co-author, told KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday. "I don't think a 'Star Wars' book has ever done this — everything is in chronological order."

Bray, who has written two other books about the movie series, said the authors went through a "tremendous amount of information" to put the book together.

"It was a way to compile everything in the existing movies and the television shows, and to bring everybody up to speed," co-author Tricia Barr said. "You can just dive into that book and learn about the characters."

Barr and Bray will sign copies of the book Wednesday at the Carlsbad Library, starting at 3:30 p.m.

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