New Insider Jaina, Tenel Ka, Allana Story. You Go, Girls

May 17, 2013 at 11:19 am | Posted in Star Wars Insider | Leave a comment
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AllanaStar Wars Books announced a new short story by author Christie Golden for Star Wars Insider.

We’re thrilled to announce that FATE OF THE JEDI author Christie Golden has written a short story that will appear in Star Wars Insider Magazine #142. Titled “Good Hunting,” the adventure takes place between APOCALYPSE and CRUCIBLE, and will feature Jaina Solo, Tenel Ka, and Allana Solo on a hostile wilderness planet. The always solid Joe Corroney will be providing artwork. Expect some Sword of the Jedi bad-assery when the issue goes on-sale June 11.

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Darth Plagueis Mini-excerpt #3

December 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Star Wars Books has posted a third mini-excerpt for Darth Plagueis.

“What?” Plagueis asked himself. “What topic has summoned such an earnest look to Qui-Gon’s face, and such confused urgency in the boy?” Lifting his face from the macrobinoculars, he stretched out with the Force and fell victim to an assault of perplexing images: ferocious battles in deep space; the clashing of lightsabers; partitions of radiant light; a black-helmeted cyborg rising from a table . . .

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Apocalypse and Plagueis Official Back Covers

October 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Books, News | Leave a comment
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As promised here is the official back cover of Apocalypse.  As you can see it does have Jaina and Jag on the back cover.  You can view the Plagueis back cover over on Suvudu thanks to Star Wars Books.

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Reminder: Timothy Zahn Live Chat Today

September 28, 2011 at 11:42 am | Posted in Books, Events, Interview, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Don’t forget Star Wars Books will be conducting a live Facebook chat with Star Wars author Timothy Zahn today at 2:00 PM CDT/3:00 PM EDT. For more details, click here.

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Christie Golden Facebook Chat

August 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Events, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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For those of you who missed the Star Wars Books Facebook live chat with Christie Golden you can check it out here.   Christie was generous with her answers and her time, even volunteering to go over the mandatory hour.  As well, there was a surprise guest when Sue Rostoni dropped in to help out.

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Lost Tribe of the Sith: Pantheon Available on Kindle

July 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Here’s some good news for Star Wars kindle users: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Pantheon by John Jackson Miller is available for download.  The better news from Star Wars Books Facebook is that it’s free.  If you happen to have a kindle, head over to Amazon for the free download.

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Update on Grubb and Zahn Projects

July 29, 2011 at 10:24 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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In the world of Star Wars books a couple of things of note came out earlier this week: Jeff Grubb’s novel is set right before the New Jedi Order series, and Tim Zahn has talked with Shelly Shapiro about doing a new novel.

The Jeff Grubb news was a quick answer from Star Wars Books on their Facebook page.  However, the news about the possible Zahn project has a little bit more information to it.  Tim Zahn spoke with Star Wars Action News about it in a recent interview.

There will be new characters and a cutting back of old characters.

The time period will be new and unexplored.

Release would be November 2013, but there’s also the possibility of this becoming a duology.  Release dates could change.

Zahn’s project has not yet been greenlighted by Lucasfilm.

Here’s hoping LFL approves and we get two new Star Wars novels from the author who gifted the EU with some of its most popular characters.

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ILM: The Art of Innovation

June 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Isn’t that a gorgeous cover?  Written by Pamela Glintenkamp (former director of the Lucasfilm Archival History Project), and the third ILM book,  it covers the last 16 years.  The book is scheduled for release in November, 2011.

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Stargate and Star Trek: Lessons Learned

May 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Opinion | Leave a comment
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A few weeks ago I wrote in this blog about the demise of Stargate, where I thought it went wrong and how I thought the franchise should have been handled, which was basically stick with a winner; in their case SG-1.  This was not by way of disrespecting the decisions that were made because the one thing about hindsight is that it’s spectacularly 20-20.  It’s all well and good for me to sit here and write what should have been done after that horse has long left the barn especially as it wasn’t my creation or my money backing that particular horse.  But there’s also nothing wrong with taking away a lesson or two from someone else’s decisions.  And occasionally you even get to put those lessons to good use.

Well, now my first favorite sci-fi franchise is teaching me a lesson that I’m not particularly happy about learning.  Fortunately, this time the powers that be have time to rectify things before Star Wars goes the way of Stargate.  Not that it’s likely to because Star Wars has such a rich and vast universe to play in, but there’s one particular part of it that has me worried.  No, I’m not talking about continuity.  Continuity, in my opinion, is just the complaint du jour because there’s this general fan dissatisfaction abounding now.  What I’m talking about is the post-ROTJ EU, and the biggest lesson I’m learning from this is:

Do not write the future into a corner.

That’s exactly where it is because after FOTJ where does the future go?  The older, beloved characters are, well, getting older.  Isn’t it about time they got some kind of master-emeritus status?  Are Luke, Leia and the masters going to have to be physically saving the galaxy into their 80s?  Don’t these people deserve some kind of easier life consisting of dispensing wise council after saving the galaxy how many times now?

They should but there’s only one problem with that.  There’s no one to take their places.  In one fashion or another the EU has lost the best and brightest of the younger generation.  Anakin Solo = dead.  Jacen Solo = dead.  Tenel Ka = stuck in Hapes with her crazy nobles.  Tahiri Viela = in no shape to be a Jedi.  Jaina Solo = don’t get me started.  She seems destined to head to the Imperial Remnant, produce Fell offspring and maybe found the Imperial Knights.  But if not that, she’s about the worst missed opportunity in the EU.  Nobody seems to be able to portray this woman properly as the Sword of the Jedi.  Sword?  Make that a stun gun.  It’s enough to make a fan cry.  There’s one single dynamic character left and that’s Ben Skywalker.  I like Ben Skywalker maybe as much as I liked his dad 34 years ago, but even George Lucas didn’t expect a single dynamic character to carry his franchise.

As good as the Fate of the Jedi series is (and I really like this series) it’s not adding a much needed element to the Star Wars EU: the dynamic characters of Ben’s generation.  Yes, there are other young characters, but I’d hardly characterize them as dynamic or heroic.  They just aren’t in the Han, Leia, Lando league that gave Luke his support.  Vestara Khai is a promising character but please spare me the Luke-Mara comparisons.  I’d probably cry if any attempt to recreate that is perpetrated.  That would be the height of recycled, unoriginal ideas.  Besides, I’m not that into Oedipus complexes in my heroes.

So when you’ve killed off, negated or ignored all the promising dynamic characters that could support Ben where do you go?  Maybe you look to the folks that rebooted Star Trek in such stunning(not to mention successful) fashion and learn some lessons from them.  They really got it right, they revitalized the original Star Trek, and maybe that’s what needs to happen to the original Star Wars.  Now before you come after me with pitchforks and torches just think about it.  A reboot doesn’t toss out the original, beloved stories.  What it does is give the fans another few decades of fantastic Star Wars adventures in an alternate universe.  Both universes live side-by-side for everyone to enjoy, and the future possibilities are endless.

It’s a win for everyone, but most especially for the fans.

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Monday Funny: Death Star PR’s Ten Reasons Why

May 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Humor, Regular Feature | 2 Comments
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If you’ve never read any of Death Star PR’s tweets, you’ve missed some funny stuff.  Now the folks at the big laser ball in space are at it again with ten reasons why you want to join the Galactic Empire.  It seems there really are some benefits available you might consider taking advantage of.

8) Plenty of opportunities for promotion

There’s literally nothing worse than slaving away day after day, being constantly overlooked for the promotion you so richly deserve. In the Galactic Empire, our on-the-spot employee performance appraisals and liberal use of Force chokes as part of our progressive disciplinary policy ensures there are always vacancies in key management positions for young go-getters. Particularly if you have a flexible approach to certain moral grey areas (like “murder” and “oppression”) and a high pain threshold.

To see the complete list head over to Death Star PR and enjoy a laugh while you’re at it.

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