Around the Web

May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Fantasy, Interview, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Star Wars Reads Day has been officially announced for October 10 this year. They’re also replacing the Yoda logo with BB-8.
  • Martha Wells’ Stories of the Raksura Vol. 1 is just $1.99 right now on Kindle and Nook. If you’re looking for something to read, it’s a good way to dive into the Three Worlds universe.
  • Pre-orders are up for Halo: Last Light by Troy Denning.

Comic Book News

Convention & Event News

  • Disney Star Wars Weekends 29-31, June 5-7, and 12-14 in Orlando, FL. Star Wars guests include James Arnold Taylor.
  • MomoCon is May 28 to 31 in Atlanta, GA. Star Wars guests include Greg Weisman.
  • Phoenix Comicon is May 28th to 31 in Phoenix, AZ. Star Wars guests include Joe Corroney, Livio Ramondelli, Kevin Hearne, Tom Kane, Ron Perlman, Katee Sackhoff and Chuck Wendig.
  • Awesome Con is May 29 to 31 in Washington D.C. Star Wars guests include Cam Clarke, Jim Cummings, Phil LaMarr, James Marsters, John Morton, and George Takei.
  • Fan Expo Dallas is May 29 to 31 in Dallas, TX. Star Wars Guests include Carrie Fisher, and Tom Kenny.
  • Tim Lebbon will be in Birmingham, England for a signing at Forbidden Planet on May 30th.
  • Granite City Comic-Con is May 30 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Star Wars guests include Paul Blake, and Shane Rimmer.
  • Manchester Film & Comic Con is May 30 to 31 in Manchester, England. Star Wars guests include Kenny Baker (Saturday only), Jeremy Bulloch, Kenneth Colley, Sean Crawford, Tim Dry, Rusty Goffe, Peter Ross, John Simpkin, and Simon J. Williamson.
  • Mersey ComicCon is May 30 in Liverpool, England. Star Wars guests include Mike Edmonds, Nick Joseph, David Prowse, and Peter Roy.
  • Supanova is June 18 to 30 in Sydney and Perth. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta.
  • Botcon is June 19 to 21 in Chicago, IL. Star Wars guests include Livio Ramondelli.
  • San Diego Comic-Con is July 8 to 12 in San Diego, CA. Star Wars guests include Carlos Ezquerra, and Livio Ramondelli.
  • TFCON is July 17 to 19 in Toronto, ON. Star Wars guests include Livio Ramondelli.
  • DragonCon is September 4 to 6 in Atlanta, GA. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta and Livio Ramondelli.
  • Amazing Hawaii Con is September 18 to 20 in Hawaii. Star Wars guests include Livio Ramondelli.
  • New York Comic-Con is October 8 to 11 in New York, NY. Star Wars guests include Livio Ramondelli.

For more events, be sure to check out Star Wars Actors Appearances.

Fandom News

Movie & Television News

  • StarWars.com has an interview with Annie Leibovitz, the photographer behind the Vanity Fair shoot, which reveals Andy Serkis‘ character with a picture of him in his mo-cap as well as his character’s name.
  • Gary Whitta revealed on Twitter that he’s writing an episode of Star Wars Rebels.

  • As for new movie trailers, I’m not sure about this one. Cop Car looks like it could be interesting. It also marks a return to the big screen for Kevin Bacon this August.
  • Also intriguing is the trailer for Pawn Sacrifice which will be out September 18th.

Toy & Collectible News

  • If you have deep pockets, there is a 6″ The Force Awakens Stormtrooper action figure on eBay. Note this is an early grab for the upcoming Hasbro Black Series figure, so you can at least get your first look at the figure.
  • And speaking of Stormtroopers, pre-orders are now up for the ANOVOS Classic Trilogy Stormtrooper helmet.
  • Big Bad Toy Store has pre-orders up for the Play Arts Kai Darth Maul. You can get a better look at him here.

Video Game News

  • FamilyGamerTV has a nice video showing off some of the Star Wars Disney Infinity 3.0 figures and gameplay.
Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Review: ‘Doomsday’ by Jack McKinney

May 19, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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There are many sci-fi franchises out there, and Robotech is one of them. Part of that universe is formed by the Robotech novels written by James Luceno and Brian Daley under the pen name Jack McKinney. As foolhardy as it might be, I dove into the series with book six, Doomsday. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

May 15, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers, Video Games | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp has debuted at #17 on the New York Times Best Sellers List and #8 on Publishers Weekly bestsellers list. It’s also getting a third printing.
  • There’s a new blurb up for Dark Disciple by Christie Golden.
  • StarWarsTimeline.Net is release a previously unpublished Star Wars novel that was once approved by Lucasfilm and written by Kenneth C. Flint called The Heart of the Jedi. They are releasing it four chapters at a time and the first four chapters are up.
  • Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics posted a rundown on the upcoming short fiction coming from Star Wars Insider.
  • Star Wars Frames is being released as a postcard book. You can check out the listing on Amazon.
  • Jawa James posted a view interview with Ultimate Star Wars author Adam Bray. which reveals he is *probably* working on a second visual guide for Star Wars Rebels.
  • And video of the Ultimate Star Wars book tour featuring authors Tricia Barr and Adam Bray which you can watch here.
  • Cobra by Timothy Zahn is now available via Bean Books’ free library.
  • And with the television premiere of Wayward Pines this week, you can check out Timothy Zahn‘s tie-in novella Tree of Life.
  • Troy Denning‘s Halo novel Last Night received a cover reveal.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Book Review: ‘The Murdered Sun’ by Christie Golden

May 12, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Christie Golden’s new Star Wars novel Dark Disciple will be coming out in July, but Star Wars isn’t the sci-fi franchise she started out with. Long before it, she wrote over a dozen Star Trek books. To widen my own field of fandom, I picked up The Murdered Sun by Christie Golden. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Our Celebration Anaheim Interview with John Jackson Miller

May 5, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in Books, Celebration, Conventions, Events, Interview, Sci-Fi, Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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While at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, we had the chance to interview Star Wars author John Jackson Miller. We talked about not just Star Wars, but also his recent work with Star Trek and his work in his original sci-fi setting Overdraft.


This may be taboo but I’d like to ask you first about your latest novel Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown. What kind of prep work did you have to do for this novel?

Well I certainly needed to be aware of where the characters were relative to the other novels that Pocket Books had out. I also needed to get some sense of the specs of Enterprise relative to Aventine, which is the ship that they’re chasing throughout the book. I also got out my copy of Star Trek Star Charts and got a good idea of where all of the locations were in my story. So basically ever place that they go is some place they could reasonably get to.

Character voices can be hard to capture, but Senator Bretorious really leaps off of the page. How did he come about?

Well I think the notion was that I wanted to show that for a Romulan it was…it’s common for Romulans to have to try to claw over each other to become at the top level of their society. With Bretorious I wanted to show someone who had very limited prospects who had advanced as far as he was going to go and was on the way down. I wanted to show particularly, as the events of the story unfold, what happens when somebody of his limited abilities is put into the position that the opportunities of the book provide him. It’s difficult to get too much into this book without revealing some of the secrets, but certainly pitting Riker against Picard, they’re certain friends, but they’re on opposite sides of the situation. Riker, now being an admiral in the book chronology, provides some interesting story opportunities. Then of course pitting Riker against Bretorious, we got to see their two different personalities clashing there, too. I had a lot of fun with the book and it was very well received. Continue Reading Our Celebration Anaheim Interview with John Jackson Miller…

‘The Dark Between the Stars’ Mass Market Release

May 5, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson is out today in mass market paperback.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

‘Cibola Burn’ Paperback Release

May 5, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey is out today in paperback.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Our Celebration Anaheim Interview with Christie Golden

April 30, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in Books, Celebration, Conventions, Del Rey, Fantasy, Interview, Random House, Sci-Fi, Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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While at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, we got the chance to interview Star Wars author Christie Golden. We spoke about her upcoming novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple, as well as some of her non-Star Wars titles like Star Trek Voyager: A Murdered Sun, Fable: Edge of the World, Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, and Instrument of Fate.

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Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Celebration Anaheim Interview with Drew Karpyshyn

April 30, 2015 at 12:04 am | Posted in Books, Celebration, Conventions, Del Rey, Fantasy, Interview, Random House, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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It’s always fun being able to chat with the authors at Star Wars Celebration. While in Anaheim, we were able to talk with author Drew Karpyshyn about his Star Wars work, as well as his work in Mass Effect, Forgotten Realms and his original fantasy series The Chaos Born. We even touched on his upcoming short story anthology A Minor Malevolent Spirit and Other Tales.

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To check out more of Drew Karpyshyn’s work, and to stay up to date with his latest releases, be sure to check out his official website.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Movie Trailer: Jurassic World

April 23, 2015 at 8:29 am | Posted in Movies, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Lost in the daze of The Force Awakens’s gloriousness, I totally missed the Monday release of a new Jurassic World trailer.  It’s definitely worth the watch so here you go.

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