"Battle of Brentaal" by Bruno Werneck.
TIE fighters' solar panels power a twin ion engine system that accelerates gases at a high speed along almost any vector, affording the ships tremendous speed and maneuverability. In reality, no one knows what that means...
Some interesting points about these space ships:
- That awesome sound TIE fighters make as they dog Luke and the lads in Star Wars? That would be the sound effect that designer Ben Burtt created by combining an elephant call with a car driving on wet pavement.
- In the original Star Wars Darth Vader flew an 'advanced' TIE so that the audience could immediately distinguish it from other fighters, especially during the Trench Run.
- There were several variants of TIE fighters, including the Bomber that you might have noticed in Empire Strikes Back when the Falcon is hiding out in the throat of a giant worm.