Tales of the Bounty Hunters is an anthology of five short stories about the bounty hunters hunting Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.

It is the third in a thematic series about minor characters from the original trilogy, all edited by Kevin J. Anderson, with cover art by Stephen Youll.

  1. Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina. Bantam Spectra paperback (1995-08-01). ISBN 0-553-56468-4.
  2. Tales from Jabba's Palace. Bantam Spectra paperback (1996-01-01). ISBN 0-553-56815-9.
  3. Tales of the Bounty Hunters. Bantam Spectra paperback (1996-12-01). ISBN 0-553-56816-7.

The final two books in the Tales series, Tales from the Empire and Tales from the New Republic, feature different editors and cover artists, and involve some Expanded Universe characters.

Back-cover blurb[]

In a wild and battle-scarred galaxy, assassins, pirates, smugglers, and cutthroats of every description roam at will, fearing only the professional bounty hunters—amoral adventurers who track down the scum of the universe…for a fee. When Darth Vader seeks to strike at the heart of the Rebellion by targeting Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon, he calls upon six of the most successful—and feared—hunters, including the merciless Boba Fett. They all have two things in common: lust for profit and contempt for life.…

Featuring original stories by…


Title Author(s) Character(s)
"Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88" Kevin J. Anderson IG-88
"Payback: The Tale of Dengar" Dave Wolverton Dengar
"The Prize Pelt: The Tale of Bossk" Kathy Tyers Bossk
"Of Possible Futures: The Tale of Zuckuss and 4-LOM" M. Shayne Bell Zuckuss and 4-LOM
"The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett" Daniel Keys Moran Boba Fett


  • The quote attributed to Admiral Piett at the beginning of the book reads, "Bounty hunters, we don't need that scum"; he says "Bounty hunters, we don't need their scum" in the film version of The Empire Strikes Back. The same is true when the quote is repeated on pages 46, 101 and 239.
  • On pages 151 and 175, Bossk's flight suit is incorrectly described as orange when, really, it was yellow.
  • One page 207, "alone" is incorrectly written as "alo-one".
  • FX-7 is incorrectly referred to as "Effour-Seven" all but once in "Of Possible Futures: The Tale of Zuckuss and 4-LOM."
  • On page 299, Luke Skywalker is incorrectly described as being put into a dungeon with Han Solo and Chewbacca after he killed Jabba's rancor when, really, they were all immediately taken to the Great Pit of Carkoon.[source?]

Cover gallery[]


Notes and references[]