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Wing Commander Books in Germany
By Ben Lesnick
v1.0

From Aachen to Zwuschen, Germany is full of weird and wonderful things... and no where is this better exemplified than in its large collection of Wing Commander books. From translated Wing Commander novels with awesome new covers to hint books with F-15s on them, Germany is the Wing Commander book collector's holy land.

This guide is divided into three sections. Official Guides are those authorized by Origin Systems, Inc. In general, they are translations of existing American guides. Novels are translated editions of Baen Books' Wing Commander series (plus HarperCollins' Wing Commander movie adaptation). Unofficial Guides are hint books published without corporate approval - they are usually original German works, and frequently feature very professional color artwork.

If you have anything to add to the guide (missing cover art and specifications would be much appreciated!), please contact me at news@wcnews.com.

  • Official Guides (2)
  • Novels (7)
  • Unofficial Guides (14)

    Official Guides

    Die Geheimnisse des Wing Commander
    Author: Mike Harrison
    Publisher: Power PLAY (1992)
    ISBN: 3877913598
    Pages: 281
    Notes: This is the German translation of Wing Commander I & II: The Ultimate Strategy Guide. It is of special note to collectors for its interesting original artwork. This version does not include the extensive 'making of' section found in the American edition of the book.
    Wing Commander Prophecy
    Author: Chris W. McCubbin
    Publisher: Franzis Verlag GmbH (1998)
    ISBN: 3772343732
    Pages: 252
    Notes: This is the German translation of Origin's Official Guide to Wing Commander Prophecy.

    Novels

    Wing Commander: Die Befreier
    Author: Mercedes Lackey & Ellen Guon
    Publisher: Bastei Lubbe Verlag (1994)
    ISBN: 3404231481
    Pages: 251
    Notes: Translation of Wing Commander: Freedom Flight.
    Wing Commander: Der Hinterhalt
    Author: William R. Forstchen & Christopher Stasheff
    Publisher: Bastei Lubbe Verlag (1994)
    ISBN: 340423152X
    Pages: 315
    Notes: Translation of Wing Commander: End Run.
    Wing Commander: Die Geheimflotte
    Author: William R. Forstchen
    Publisher: Bastei Lubbe Verlag (1995)
    ISBN: 3404231600
    Pages: 317
    Notes: Translation of Wing Commander: Fleet Action.
    Wing Commander: Das Herz Des Tigers
    Author: William R. Forstchen & Andrew Keith
    Publisher: Bastei Lubbe Verlag (1997)
    ISBN: 3404231899
    Pages: 379
    Notes: Translation of Wing Commander: Heart of the Tiger. This was the first German Wing Commander novel to use an alternate cover. Supposedly, the artwork is reused from an undetermined English language novel.
    Wing Commander: Das Buch Zum Film
    Author: Peter Telep
    Publisher: Bastei Lubbe Verlag (1999)
    ISBN: 3404232186
    Pages: 319
    Notes: Translation of Wing Commander. Rather than use a movie screen capture, the German publisher has adopted the Baen-style cover layout (complete with an appropriate piece of slush artwork). It's also worth noting that the movie novel was the fifth Wing Commander book published in Germany (it was the eigth in the United States).
    Wing Commander: Der Preis Der Freiheit
    Author: William R. Forstchen & Ben Ohlander
    Publisher: Bastei Lubbe Verlag (2000)
    ISBN: 3404232267
    Pages: 444
    Notes: Translation of Wing Commander: The Price of Freedom. As with the previous two novels, this novel is probably of special interest to collectors due to its unusual alternate cover artwork.
    Wing Commander: Die Bedrohung
    Author: William R. Forstchen
    Publisher: Bastei Lubbe Verlag (2000)
    ISBN: 3404232313
    Pages: 442
    Notes: Translation of Wing Commander: Action Stations. The alternate cover artwork manages to outdo even its American equivalent for 'What the heck?' factor. As of this writing, this was the last Wing Commander book ever published in any language.

    Unofficial Guides

    Markt & Technick Buch und Software Series

    Das Privateer Piloten Handbuch
    Author: Peter Schmitz & Christian Schmidt
    Publisher: Markt & Technik Buch und Software GmbH (1994)
    ISBN: 3815810876
    Pages: 191
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Privateer.
    Die Wing Commander III Piloten Power
    Author: Peter Schmitz
    Publisher: Markt & Technik Buch und Software GmbH (1995)
    ISBN: 3877917097
    Pages: 172
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Wing Commander III.
    Wing Commander IV: The Unofficial Guide
    Author: Peter Schmitz & Christian Schmidt
    Publisher: Markt & Technik Buch und Software GmbH (1995)
    ISBN: 3827290058
    Pages: 120
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Wing Commander IV (well, duh!). Check out that awesome Arrow!
    Der Profi-Guide: Privateer 2 The Darkening
    Author: Gunther Bogdan
    Publisher: Markt & Technik Buch und Software GmbH (1996)
    ISBN: 3827290171
    Pages: 126
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Privateer 2. Look at that amazing Heretic - it's amazing that these unofficial guides have artwork which is more impressive than many of the American authorized guides.

    DATA Becker Series

    Das Wing Commander Piloten Handbuch
    Author: Rolf Meusel
    Publisher: DATA Becker, Ddf. (1992)
    ISBN: 3890115381
    Pages: 281
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Wing Commander.
    Spielfuhrer: Wing Commander III
    Author: Rolf Meusel & Marco Mucha
    Publisher: DATA Becker, Ddf. (1995)
    ISBN: 3815811643
    Pages: 142
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Wing Commander III.
     
    Spielfuhrer: Wing Commander Prophecy
    Author: Antje Hink, Heiner Stiller & Arndt Grass
    Publisher: DATA Becker, Ddf. (1998)
    ISBN: 3815815975
    Pages: 184
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Wing Commander Prophecy. I have not verified that this exists.

    NBG Verlag Series

    Clue-Book: Wing Commander IV The Price of Freedom
    Author: Carsten Borgmeier
    Publisher: NBG Verlag (1996)
    ISBN: 392924781X
    Pages: 54
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Wing Commander IV. What the hell is that a picture of?
    Clue-Book: Privateer 2 The Darkening
    Author: Carsten Borgmeier
    Publisher: NBG Verlag (1996)
    ISBN: 3929247453
    Pages: 48
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Privateer 2.
    Clue-Book: Wing Commander V Prophecy
    Author: Carsten Borgmeier
    Publisher: NBG Verlag (1996)
    ISBN: 3929247127
    Pages: 59
    Notes: Unofficial guide to Wing Commander Prophecy. You can tell it's a quality hint book because it has a Harrier on the cover.

    Others

    Wing Commander IV Unautorisierte Geheimnisse & Logungen
    Author: Bart Farkas
    Publisher: Prima (1996)
    ISBN:
    Pages:
    Notes: This is the German translation of Wing Commander IV: Unauthorized Secrets & Solutions.
     
    Wing Commander - Das Herz des Tigers Lösungsbuch
    Author: Matthias Wilhelm
    Publisher:
    ISBN: 3932823079
    Pages: 32
    Notes: ???. I have not verified that these exist, though I seem to recall seeing something similar on eBay Germany.
     
    Wing Commander - Der Preis der Freiheit Lösungsbuch
    Author: Holger Taschke
    Publisher:
    ISBN: 3932478479
    Pages: 20
    Notes: ???. I have not verified that these exist, though I seem to recall seeing something similar on eBay Germany.
     
    Wing Commander 3 & 4 Lösungsbuch
    Author: Holger Taschke & Matthias Wilhelm
    Publisher:
    ISBN: 3932478975
    Pages: 44
    Notes: Some sort of combination of the previous two entries?.


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