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December 27, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Fantasy, Regular Feature, Rumor, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book/Comic News

  • It’s not quite a book, a comic or a magazine, but Star Wars Fact File is returning!
  • Paul S. Kemp‘s anthology Ephemera is currently on sale for 99 cents.
  • The kickstarter for Athena’s Daughters is amping it up with a new stretch goal for “Apollo’s Daughters”, a companion piece written by Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, John Jackson Miller and others with a cover by Joe Corroney. While “Apollo’s Daughters” has met its stretch goal, they need to hit $31,000 for the special Joe Corroney cover.
  • Kevin J. Anderson posted his short story “Santa Claus Is Coming To Get You” online.
  • Dark Horse Comics has some mega bundle deals going on for Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator for a limited time.
  • Dark Horse also has a three page preview of Star Wars #13.
  • The Star Wars Hardcover collection now has a cover, though it won’t be out until July.

Convention/Event News

  • Darth Vader actor David Prowse will be in Langenthal, Switzerland tomorrow for the Winter Cinema.
  • Star Wars writer Abel G. Peña will be doing a Reddit AMA on January 8th.
  • UK fans may want to keep their fingers crossed as Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn is thinking about attending WorldCon in Lodon next year.

TV/Movie News

  • There’s a rumor going around that Tim Curry may be returning to voice Palpatine…for Star Wars Rebels.
  • Matthew Stover‘s movie work is finally seeing the light of day. Over on Amazon Studios, you can see a trailer for “Terminal Kill” which Stover wrote the script for.
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Podcasts in Review

December 12, 2013 at 12:05 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Backseat Book Club: Episode 24 features an interview with author Matthew Stover who digs deep into the themes he likes to explore in his books. Most notably, they cover his Acts of Caine series and the first book, Heroes Die, but they do briefly mention his tie-in work, including Star Wars. It’s a revealing look at what makes him tick as a writer and his interest in violence. He also mentions a few projects he is currently working on: a hard boiled detective novel which he is finishing up, a tie-in novel which he’ll be working on next, and a return to the Acts of Caine series in the near future.

Coffee with Kenobi: Book Chat with Martha Wells episode has a nice interview with the author of Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge. Martha reveals the different aspects she strove for with the characters, the areas she wanted to avoid, how her fanfic work affected the story, and a whole lot more. If you’re looking for a download link, you can check out podbay.fm.

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Around the Web

December 6, 2013 at 11:56 am | Posted in Around the Web, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web roundup of Star Wars news and beyond.

Art/Comics

  • If you’d like to pick up some original comic art by Gabriel Hardman, you can check out Cadence Comic Art. They’ve got a wide collection, but I didn’t see any of his Star Wars yet.
  • CBR has a sneak peak at Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #1.

Books

  • Last call for signed Paul S. Kemp books for the holidays. If you’re thinking about getting one as a Christmas gift, be sure to hit Paul up by this Sunday.
  • Author Timothy Zahn is hard at work on Cobra Outlaw, the second book in the Cobra Rebellion trilogy.
  • Over on Suvudu, author Drew Karpyshyn talks a little about naming characters.

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June 14, 2013 at 10:12 am | Posted in Around the Web, Interview, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Star Wars author Michael Reaves has a kickstarter for a project called Blood Kiss. The project has already met it’s $50,000 goal but there’s still time to get in and send a pledge. The Blood Kiss project includes both a film and a graphic novel. Neil Gaiman, Amber Benson and Tom Mandrake are involved and you can check all the info here.

And speaking of kickstarters, there’s one for Time Traveled Tales: A Speculative Fiction Anthology which will include stories by Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, C.S. Marks, Donald J. Bingle, Kelly Swails, Jean Rabe, Jennifer Brozek, Daniel Myers, Tracy Chowdhury, Gregory A. Wilson, Dylan Birtolo, R.T. Kaelin, Steven Saus, Sarah Hans, and Bradley P. Beaulieu. Click here to check out all the details.

Over on Fantasy Faction, they have an interview with author Matthew Stover covering his Acts of Caine series and ending with a vague hint of what we’ll see next from him. Continue Reading Around the Web…

John Scalzi Interviews Matthew Stover

May 30, 2013 at 7:26 am | Posted in Books, eBooks, Fantasy, Interview, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Orbit Books has posted a cool interview done by John Scalzi with renown author Matthew Stover.

John Scalzi:Heroes Die, the first book in the Caine series, in many ways presaged the current wave of “grimdark” fantasy – those works with lots of unapologetic action and violence threaded into their tales. At the time you were writing the book, were you aware you were slashing a new path through that particular jungle? Or were you just focused on writing a story you wanted to tell?

Matthew Stover: I wasn’t trying to do something new. I was only trying to do something good.

I started writing the story that eventually became Heroes Die when I was seventeen. A variety of versions were submitted to, and summarily rejected by, a variety of publishers over the course of the next eighteen years. I tried every approach I could think of to make the story appealing to editors, but nothing worked. Finally – in despair – I said to myself, “Screw this shit. If it’s going to fail anyway, write the goddamn thing exactly how you want it to be. At least you’ll have that.” So I did. And here we are.

This is why my first advice to younger writers is to write the book you wish somebody else would write so you could read it.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Around the Web

May 24, 2013 at 6:57 am | Posted in Around the Web, Conventions, Disney, Interview, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Kicking off this week’s Star Wars news is the world’s largest Star Wars toy: a 46,000 pound LEGO X-Wing.

In other news, EA revealed that fans will get their first glimpse of what’s to come for Star Wars at E3 next month.

Denver Comic Con is fast approaching and Star Wars artist Gabriel Hardman revealed he’ll be there and he’ll be doing sketches (details here). Also in attendance will be author Kevin J. Anderson who is debuting his new comic Stalag-X (and Dave Dorman is doing the covers).

Author Matthew Stover posted a guest blog on Orbit Books which breaks the norm by listing a bunch of interesting notes pertaining to stories, writing, and thensome.

“Most of what follows will be about story, because I make stories the same way I breathe: even to pause requires an act of will, and if I ever stop, it’s because I’m dead.” -Matthew Stover Continue Reading Around the Web…

Around the Web

May 17, 2013 at 7:48 am | Posted in Around the Web, Humor, Interview, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Where to start, well, Dave Filoni is back at it with the TIE fighters. Some sites think this could be research for a new television series, however we have it on good authority that this is simply the first in a new series of toys from Hasbro. Expect to see Filoni fighters on toy shelves early next year. Continue Reading Around the Web…

Caine Needs Your Help

May 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Acts-of-Caine-covers-lineThe Acts of Caine will be released in a couple of weeks, and author Matthew Stover has a request to make of his fans.

Okay, here we go.

The Acts of Caine will be released to the entire English-speaking world in a couple of weeks. Now I’m going to ask a favor of you. Of all of you.

Post reader reviews. At Amazon.com, Amason.co.uk (when they’ll let you), and at B&N, Powell’s and every bookselling site you can access. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that your review will be four or five stars (though I’m okay with honesty; if you think they’re worth less, post a shitty review. I forgive you in advance. So does Caine). What I want is numbers. What Caine needs is numbers.

Around 600 people like this page, but HEROES DIE has only 69 reviews on Amazon.com. Does that make sense to you? I have almost 500 friends on Facebook, but only 115 of them have liked this page. Does that make sense to you? It doesn’t really make sense to me. Continue Reading Caine Needs Your Help…

Stover’s Caine Series Heads to UK

May 6, 2013 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Author Mathew Stover’s Acts of Caine series is heading to the United Kingdom for the first time. All four books in the series will be getting a digital release in the UK and ANZ on May 27, 2013. Oribit is also offering an introductory price on all pre-orders for the first book in the series, Heroes Die. If you’ve never read the series, you’re in for a treat.

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Around the Web

February 22, 2013 at 8:41 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Audiobooks, Blu-ray, Books, eBooks, Humor, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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In a category one step above rumor, composer John Williams expressed interest in returning for Star Wars Episode VII. For Star Wars fans of all ages, John Williams’ classic music has always been a cornerstone of the franchise, so it’s good to hear that if the movie makers behind the new film would like him to come on board, he’s interested in doing so. Still, there has been some talk about J.J. Abrams’ go-to composer Michael Giacchino who did the music for the Star Tours ride. Either way, we’ll have to wait and see.

The British Library will make public next year a collection of over 100 diaries and letters by Alec Guinness, the actor who portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. The documents cover his life in between the 1930s to 2000, so it’s quite possible there will be some notes on his experiences in Star Wars. (via Jedi News)

Star Wars fans in the UK can look forward to a new release of the Star Wars Blu-rays in a special steelbook case. Rebelscum has a copy of the official press release.

If you’re a long time fan of the Modal Nodes then you’ll definitely want to check out Star Wars Underworld’s extensive discography of the band through the years. I’d have to say that I’m somewhat partial to their KISS period.

For more laughs, you can check out Death Star PR which is now on Youtube with a series of videos.

Fans of Aaron Allston‘s last short story “Big Plush” can now check out the author’s story notes online for free. “Big Plus” was a part of the sci-fi anthology Five By Five which included several Star Wars authors past and present. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.

In art news, Star Wars artist Dave Dorman has opened an online store featuring some of his gorgeous Star Wars prints, and for those with deep pockets, he also has some of his originals up for sale. If you don’t have a Dave Dorman Star Wars print hanging on a wall somewhere, now is a great time to change that.

Rounding out the news, Matthew Stover‘s Heroes Die is in the running for the 2013 Audies. Stover, well known for his Star Wars books, has also written some great fantasy stories and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better one than Heroes Die which includes a bit of sci-fi as well. We wish him the best of luck.

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