Preview: Explore the Serenity and the 'Verse in These New Firefly Books

The layout of Serenity thanks to a new in-universe Firefly book.
The layout of Serenity thanks to a new in-universe Firefly book.
Photo: All Images (Insight Editions)

While Joss Whedon’s Firefly is not likely to come back anytime soon, the franchise continues to live on. Two great examples are these in-world books from the world of Firefly, including a guide to everyone’s favorite ship, Serenity, and the ’Verse at large. Better yet? We’ve got your first looks at each.

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First up is The Serenity Handbook: The Official Crew Member’s Guide to the Firefly-Class Series 3 Ship, which is “designed as an actual crew-created manual and is the first in-world book set in the ‘Verse. Featuring technical blueprints, personal mementos, and humorous commentary from Mal, Kaylee, and the rest of the crew, this book will allow fans of Firefly and Serenity to explore the iconic spaceship in an entirely new way.” Here’s a first look, which includes the receipt from when Mal first bought the Serenity:

The cover of the Serenity Handbook.
The cover of the Serenity Handbook.
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Two pages from the Serenity Handbook.
Two pages from the Serenity Handbook.
Two pages from the Serenity Handbook.
Two pages from the Serenity Handbook.
Serenity in all her glory.
Serenity in all her glory.

Next up is Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Firefly: A Traveler’s Companion to the ‘Verse, which contains “the history, geography, and culture” of the worlds in the Black “from Core planets such as Ariel to the outlaw badlands of the Rim worlds.” It also has concept art and original illustrations, which you can see some of here:

The cover of Firefly: A Traveler’s Companion to the ‘Verse.
The cover of Firefly: A Traveler’s Companion to the ‘Verse.
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The beginning of Firefly: A Traveler’s Companion to the ‘Verse.
The beginning of Firefly: A Traveler’s Companion to the ‘Verse.
Two pages of four concurrent in the book.
Two pages of four concurrent in the book.
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The second two pages of four concurrent in the book.
The second two pages of four concurrent in the book.

Both books are published by Insight Editions. The Serenity Handbook: The Official Crew Member’s Guide to the Firefly-Class Series 3 Ship is out July 3, while Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Firefly: A Traveler’s Companion to the ‘Verse arrives August 14.

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rsingerbarnard
TheGreaterFool

Ugh... that Traveler’s Guide just reminds me of the disaster that is/was Firefly Online. I’m really disappointed that story didn’t get more traction. The thing fell apart and took a lot of folks’ money without even an “I’m sorry.” I managed to talk Apple into giving me some money back for the devs’ undelivered promises, but I’ve been led to believe it’s because I gave up hope a lot sooner than other people.