Colin Cantwell


Hello, I'm Star Wars’ Starship creator, Colin Cantwell. During my career, I've worked with George Lucas on designing the X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Y-Wing, Death Star, Millennium Falcon, and Imperial Cruiser for the very first “Star Wars” movie. I've also collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on “2001 a Space Odyssey” (in which I suggested the theme song, “Also sprach Zarathustra“), and I worked with Steven Spielberg on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Other projects included “War Games”, “Buck Rogers”, “Mars, the Search Begins”, “Around the World in 80 Days” and more.

George Lucas gave me the project of designing a “Death Star” after inspecting my model spaceship designs. We didn't originally plan for the Death Star to have a trench, but when I was working with the mold, I noticed the two halves had shrunk at the point where they met across the middle. It would have taken a week of work just to fill and sand and re-fill this depression. So, to save me the labor, I went to George and suggested a trench. He liked the idea so much that it became one of the most iconic moments in the film!

I hope you will all enjoy my latest creation - CoreFires. This is a labor of love some 25 years in the making and I am so happy to finally have it see the light of day. Big shout out to my ebook creation team over at

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CoreFires - From Death Star Designer Colin Cantwell
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,480. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Colin Cantwell, designer of the original Star Wars’ Death Star, X-Wing, TIE Fighter and other Starships, is now using his extraordinary imagination to draw you into the future and into another galaxy through his book CoreFires. You can read about my Star Wars’ inside stories and more at

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