MidAmeriCon II Interview with Rebecca Moesta

August 28, 2016 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Books, Interview, scifi/fantasy, Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Along with Kevin at MidAmeriCon II was his wife and fellow author Rebecca Moesta. I couldn’t resist taking the chance to interview Rebecca as she’s worked on some very interesting series in the Star Wars literary universe. We spoke with her about her work on The Young Jedi Knights and Junior Jedi Knights series, what those projects were like and how the collaborative process worked, and her first story in the Star Wars realm, “Trade Wins: The Ranat’s Tale.” We also touched on her Star Trek novel, her original series Crystal Doors and an upcoming nonfiction book she’s working on that deals with the many layers of writing.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

MidAmeriCon II Interview with Kevin J. Anderson

August 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Interview, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Author Kevin J. Anderson was very active at MidAmeriCon II splitting duties between numerous panels as well as manning his WordFire booth on the con floor and signing autographs for fans. While there we caught up with Kevin and managed to snag a few moments for an interview. We talk with him about his series Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., his Terra Incognita series, and his upcoming books Eternity’s Mind and Navigators of Dune.

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MidAmeriCon II Interview with Martha Wells

August 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Fantasy, Interview, Nightshade Publishing, Random House, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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While at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO, we were able to meet up with author Martha Wells to talk about her Books of the Raksura series, Star Wars: Razor’s Edge and her duology Emilie & the Hollow World and Emilie & the Sky World. Below we’ve posted the full audio of our interview. Enjoy!

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MidAmeriCon II “Changing the Medium” Panel

August 28, 2016 at 10:57 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Random House, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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I almost missed out on this panel, but I’m glad I didn’t. The “Changing the Medium” panel at MidAmeriCon II featured authors Martha Wells and William C. Dietz as well as guests Gary Kloster, Christopher Kastensmidt and moderator Monica Valentinelli. Each of the guests on the panel shared some excellent insights on the writing business with a focus on writing in different mediums. This included tie-in work, novelizations and working with games, be it a tabletop game like Pathfinder or video games like Halo and Mass Effect. It was a very cool panel and I managed to get the first 12 minutes of it on video, and I’ve also got the audio for the full panel. Enjoy!

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MidAmeriCon II “Queer Star Wars” Panel

August 27, 2016 at 7:47 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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At MidAmeriCon II, one of the more intriguing Star Wars panels was one called “Queer Star Wars.” With a greater call for diversity in fandom, this panel explored what roads Star Wars has begun to explore in regards of diversity as well as the stumbling blocks it has had to overcome. The panel touches on the reluctance of publishing to accept LGBT characters, their recent change in acceptance, and even the corporate issues with LGBT characters when foreign markets like China are unwilling to embrace such diversity.

The panel is moderated by Matt Jacobson and features Martha Wells (the author of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge), Vivian Trask, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Dr. Mary A. Turzillo.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

August 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, Regular Feature, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Author Timothy Zahn was awarded the 2016 Life Achievement Award by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
  • Author Jason Fry talks about his new book Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy on StarWars.com.
  • Did you spot the Tuckerization of Star Wars author Kevin Hearne in Aftermath: Life Debt?
  • Edelweiss has a new entry for the Art of Coloring Star Wars: Rogue which looks kind of neat. It’s a 128 page coloring book targeted for young adults and will be out December 20 from Disney Lucasfilm Press.

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Around the Web

August 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, Movies, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Art News

  • Dave Dorman did a cool personal painting of Rey and BB-8.

Book News

  • The release date for Aftermath: Empire’s End has been slightly adjust. It will now be coming out on February 21, 2017 (moved from January 21st).
  • Edelweiss has some new entries and updates.

Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia (by DK Books)

Release Date: April 4, 2017
$40.00, Hardcover, 360 pages, 11.9 in H | 9.9 in W

With a galaxy of information on every page, Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect illustrated guide to everything Star Wars.

The saga in more than 3000 characters, vehicles, droids and objects.

With a galaxy of information on every page, Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect illustrated guide to everything Star Wars.

This beautiful visual tour of the Star Wars universe includes gallery upon gallery of stunning images and fascinating facts. The object-themed spreads focus down onto hundreds of topics, from Star Wars fashion and food, to vehicles and creatures. Explore a range of droids, from medical to spy droid, or discover the different snacks you can eat in the Star Wars universe.

A virtual museum in a book, DK’s Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect pictorial companion to that galaxy far, far away….

Unique approach: A unique, taxonomical approach to Star Wars, with five chapters: geography, science & technology, history, culture and nature. Objects are arranged according to increasingly narrowing categories, e.g. Culture » Fashion » Helmets.

Visual: Carefully curated images that allow the reader to explore the Star Wars story picture by picture and special feature boxes and sidebars will pull out items in more detail, display movie action shots and delve into cross-sections.

Star Wars Box Set Slipcase (by Marvel)

Release Date: April 18, 2017
$350.00, Hardcover, 784 pages, 1st Print: 18K

Celebrate Star Wars with a box set that you’ll need to be Force strong to lift! Enjoy adaptations of every film in the series so far, plus a special prelude to Episode VII-The Force Awakens. Follow Luke Skywalker and the Rebels into all new adventures with the first collection of Marvel’s best-selling new Star Wars series, and turn to the Dark Side with Darth Vader’s own debut volume! Then savor a stunning gallery of Star Wars covers by Marvel’s greatest artists. It’s the ultimate celebration of cinema’s greatest sci-fi epic in comic book form!

Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier (by Disney Book Group)

Release Date: December 20, 2016
$12.99, Hardcover, 64 pages, 1st Print: 150K

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Book Review: ‘Pawn’s Gambit’ by Timothy Zahn

August 16, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Reviews, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Pawn’s Gambit and Other Stratagems is a fun short story collection currently available from Open Road Media. It collects a bunch of fun Timothy Zahn novels together and is worth checking out. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

August 12, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Kevin Hearne is working on a collection of Iron Druid short stories called Besieged which will be out next summer. Omnivoracious has a short interview with him that you can check out here.
  • Pre-orders are now up for Paul S. Kemp‘s next novel A Conversation In Blood. This is part of his ongoing Egil & Nix series.

Comic News

Convention & Event News

Registration is now open for the runDisney The Dark Side Star Wars Half Marathon. Continue Reading Around the Web…

Around the Web

August 5, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Book News

Comic News

Convention & Event News

  • ArmadilloCon is July 29 to 31 in Austin, TX. Star Wars guests include author Martha Wells.
  • MidAmeriCon II is August 17 to 21 in Kansas City, MO. Star Wars guests include authors Kevin J. Anderson, William Dietz, Rebecca MoestaMartha Wells and Walter Jon Williams.
  • Dodeca Con is September 16 to 18 in Columbia, MO. Star Wars guests include author John Jackson Miller.
  • New York Comic Con is October 6 to 9 in New York City, NY. Star Wars guests include author Chuck Wendig, actress Carrie Fisher, artists Mark Brooks, Katie Cook, Adi Granov, Alex Maleev and comic writer Charles Soule.
  • Star Wars Celebration Orlando is April 13 to 16, 2017 in Orlando, FL.

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