New Excerpt Chock-Full of Spoilers

January 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Random House has a new excerpt for The Last Jedi which you can see here via their book preview app. Fair warning though, the preview skips around to various chapters and reveals major spoilers for the book. If you don’t want to ruin the surprise, you’ll be safer to avoid the preview.

The Last Jedi, written by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, will be out on February 26, 2013 in paperback and digital formats.

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Official Release Date for ‘Children of Fire’

January 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Books, Fantasy | Leave a comment
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Author Drew Karpyshyn has revealed the official release date for his upcoming original fantasy novel Children of Fire. The book will be out in the US on September 10, 2013 and in the UK on September 5, 2013.

The Scorched Earth, book two in the series, is still set for a 2014 release date. The third novel, Chaos Unleashed, has a possible 2015 release.

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Kemp on the Realms and Star Wars

January 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Interview, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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SF Signal posted a nice interview with author Paul S. Kemp covering Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, and Egil and Nix. Paul had some interesting comments about how his novels have affected each other.

“In terms of Cale and Jaden: *Learned* is probably too strong a word, but my experience writing each has influenced later novels of the other. I wrote the Cale stories before writing Jaden’s duology, so I brought some of the dark and gritty tone of the Cale stories into Jaden’s story in Crosscurrent and Riptide. On the flip side, writing the relationships with Jaden and Khedryn and Marr (the two spacers who accompany him) reminded me that leavening in some humor gives the reader a needed break from a book with an otherwise darker tone. That influenced me as I wrote The Godborn, the next novel in the Cale Chronicles.” -Paul S. Kemp

You can read the full interview here.

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I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa

January 26, 2013 at 11:01 am | Posted in Art, Entertainment, Events | Leave a comment

Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams will be in Des Moines, IA today for I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa, an event that highlights African-American arts, culture, and contributions. You can find all the details here on their official site.

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Ryder Windham Signing and Panel

January 26, 2013 at 10:55 am | Posted in Books, Events, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

DK Books and Star Wars author Ryder Windham will be in Seattle, WA today and tomorrow for the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Ryder will be signing books and taking part of a presentation on Star Wars Reads. You can check out the details here.

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It’s Official: J.J. Abrams will Direct Star Wars Episode VII

January 26, 2013 at 7:55 am | Posted in Entertainment, Episode VII, Lucasfilm, Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.” -Kathleen Kennedy

“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.” -George Lucas

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.” -J.J. Abrams

Of course we also know Michael Arndt will be writing the screenplay, Kathleen Kennedy will be executive producer, and George Lucas will be a creative consultant. also mentioned that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg will be “consulting on the project.” Kasdan was a screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. (Note it was previously rumored that Kasdan and Kinberg would be writers for Episodes VIII and IX)

No word yet on whether J.J. Abrams will only be doing Episode VII or whether he’ll be doing all three.

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Chewbacchus Parade

January 26, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Peter Mayhew and his wife Angie will be in the 3rd Annual Chewbacchus Parade today in New Orleans. The parade kicks off at 8 PM. Click here for all the details.

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Dark Horse’s Star Wars #1 Second Release Sells Out

January 25, 2013 at 11:37 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Star Wars #1From Dark Horse Comics:



JANUARY 25, MILWAUKIE, OR—The critically acclaimed and highly anticipated Star Wars #1, written by Brian Wood, has officially sold out of its second printing before the release of issue #2!

This all-new Star Wars series is set in the time period of the original trilogy, directly following the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, and features the franchise’s best-loved characters, as told by Brian Wood (X-MenDMZ, Conan the Barbarian, The Massive), with art from Carlos D’Anda (Batman: Arkham City). This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! Dark Horse is taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!

(Via Dark Horse Press Release)

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Around the Web

January 25, 2013 at 9:07 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Lots of news this week. Aside from some of the big news like the Star Wars Episode VII director or the new Darth Maul book by Joe Schreiber (with an early 2014 release), there’s been some other noteworthy headlines.

First up, Star Wars Celebration Europe tickets have gone on sale. If you haven’t bought yours yet (and if you can go), you can get them here on the official site.

The animated short LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out will be out on DVD on March 26 and will include a LEGO mini-figure. (via

In interview news, Star Wars Report interviewed Stephen Stanton covering his work as Colonel Meebur Gascon in the recent droid arc in The Clone Wars. Club Jade interviewed fellow voice actor James Arnold Taylor. And Amazing Stories posted an interview with Kevin J. Anderson covering his new sequel to The Saga of the Seven Suns, The Dark Between the Stars.

In completely unrelated news, comic writer Tom Taylor is investing his billions in the construction of doomsday devices. While he directly disavowed the rumor, he simultaneously threatened to destroy the neighborhoods of anyone who opposes him. We’re unsure how far along he is in the construction of such weapons of mass destruction, but we’ll keep you posted.

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Fate of the Jedi Trivia

January 25, 2013 at 7:36 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Next week Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse will be re-released, this time in paperback format. In order to promote the new release, Suvudu has posted a quick “Take Five” feature with Troy Denning revealing a little bit of fun trivia about the book and the series. You can read it here.

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