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Lucasfilm Gives Details on New SW Books

LFL's Sue Rostoni has updated her blog with specifics.

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 03, 2008
Source: Sue Rostoni's Blog

Millennium Falcon by James Luceno (2008).
© Del Rey Books
Last month, Lucasfilm Licensing and Del Rey confirmed that they renewed their Star Wars Expanded Universe contract through the year 2013. Along with the contract renewal, they announced 45 new novels (35 fiction, 10 non-fiction) being prepped as part of the new deal. While we did get specifics on the already announced 9-book series Fate of the Jedi hitting shelves April 2009, we had very little to go on about the other 26 novels.

Well, LFL's editor Sue Rostoni has answered the fan call for more information by providing some specifics in her latest official blog.

As noted, she only can give some details about the first dozen or so because they're still in the planning stages for a lot of 2011-2013 novels. Also, some of the titles and release dates are bound to change.

Here's what she had to say on the upcoming slate of SW EU.

November 25, 2008 - trade paperback: CLONE WARS: WILD SPACE by Karen Miller. This novel stars Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa and takes place primarily in............ wild space! We're working on the cover now, and hopefully we'll have something to post before too much longer.

December 30, 2008 - Hardcover: LUKE SKYWALKER AND THE SHADOWS OF MINDOR by Matthew Stover. This one's been on the official site - you've seen the cover and copy.

January 27, 2009 - Paperback: CORUSCANT NIGHTS 3: PATTERNS OF FORCE by Michael Reaves. This has been on the official site as well - cover and copy. In the back of the book is a one-page introduction to the FATE OF THE JEDI series. Not an excerpt, just an intro.

April 7, 2009 - Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 1: OUTCAST by Aaron Allston. Luke and Ben attempt to follow Jacen's previous journey in the hopes of discovering what and how various Force-using groups influenced him to accept and use dark side powers. No cover yet - but we should have a cover direction by the end of next week. Hopefully.

April 28, 2009 - Paperback: BLOOD OATH, by Elaine Cunningham. This is Zekk's story and takes place after his mishap in the battle in INVINCIBLE. Yes, he still lives. We have just received cover concepts on this one - the artist is Dave Seeley.

April 28, 2009 - Paperback: INDIANA JONES AND THE ARMY OF THE DEAD by Steve Perry. Right, this one's not a Star Wars novel. It stars Indiana Jones and is set during WWII when Indy takes a side trip to visit "Mac" McHale in Haiti. Cover concepts by Craig Howell have just been received.

May 19, 2009 - Trade Paperback: CLONE WARS: NO PRISONERS by Karen Traviss. This Clone Wars novel stars Anakin and Ahsoka, Captain Rex, Count Dooku and a few others, but no prisoners.

July 7, 2009 - Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 2: ENIGMA [see below*] by Christie Golden. Continues the FATE OF THE JEDI story..... major developments, new characters, lotsa stuff happens.
*Oh -- as of 10/1 we've changed the title to OMEN.

August 4, 2009 - Paperback: Imperial Commando: 501st by Karen Traviss. Great title, huh?

October 6, 2009 - Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 3 by Troy Denning. More hapans... er, happens. Sorry for the typo, it means nothing.

November 1, 2009 - Paperback: Untitled horror novel by Joe Schreiber takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and should be read under the covers by flashlight.

December 30, 2009 - Hardcover: Untitled Darth Bane novel by Drew Karpyshyn. I don't have the outline for this one yet, but I'm hoping it continues the story of Darth Bane and his apprentice Zannah. I'm dying to see how the two of them get along.

January 2010 -- Paperback: Untitled by Paul Kemp. This one sort of takes place during the Great Hyperspace War, and then.... well, you'll see. This is the one that involves Jaden Korr. Figure that out!

February 2010 - Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 4 by Aaron Allston.

May 2010 - Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 5 by Christie Golden.

July 2010 - Paperback: IMPERIAL COMMANDO 2 by Karen Traviss.

August 2010 - Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 6 by Troy Denning.

October 2010 - Hardcover: Untitled by Alex Irvine. This is a stand-alone novel starring... are you ready? Nomi Sunrider!!

November 2010 - Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 7 by Aaron Allston.

January 2011 - Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 8 by Christie Golden.

March 2011 - Paperback: Untitled Boba Fett novel by Karen Traviss. Stars Boba Fett.

April 2011 - Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 9 by Troy Denning. Wraps up the series....

June 2011 - Paperback: Untitled by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, featuring a promising holostar - a rags to riches story set against the backdrop of the early days of the Rebellion.

That's it for now - more as it happens.

If you're wondering where the upcoming "Millennium Falcon" novel (James Luceno's novel will hit shelves October 21, 2008), "Fate of the Jedi" series and Zekk's "Blood Oath" novel fit into the post "Legacy of the Force" era, Sue also updated the readers on their timeline here.

The way we have it right now is that Legacy of the Force ends in the middle of year 41 ABY [After the Battle of Yavin]

BLOOD OATH follows a few months later, and

MILLENNIUM FALCON takes place at 43.44 ABY (these are tenths of a twelve-month year)

with FotJ starting at 43.5.


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chirop1 10/3/2008 4:56:49 AM
I was chugging along reading EU novels pretty consistently up until the New Jedi Order series. I don't know that I ever put a finger on why I didn't get into it until I just read this list... They have a nine book series that is directly related to one another (not just thematically) coming out over the course of two years' time written by four different authors. There is no possible way to maintain consistency. It would be like Timothy Zahn writing "Heir to the Empire" and then bringing in Kevin Anderson to write "Dark Force Rising" and then some other hack to write "The Last Command." The EU never would have gotten off the ground at all if this was the sort of stuff they pulled back then.
Dazzler 10/3/2008 5:04:45 AM
Never read them, but at least one of them should have been a movie I bet. But all we get is rehash prequel crap of why Vader went bad and seeing the Emperor's plan unfold to fuk over the Universe. Old and lame.
Miner49er 10/3/2008 5:30:57 AM
I wonder when they will publish "The Star Wars Guide to Milking a Cash Cow"
chirop1 10/3/2008 7:43:41 AM
Dazzler, unlike 99% of the crap written out there in the Star Wars EU... the Empire Trilogy by Zahn is actually worth reading. It would have made a much better second trilogy of movies than we actually got.
irascible 10/3/2008 8:17:08 AM
I quit reading after CLONE WARS:WILD SPACE. WTF? No, seriously, What The F?
acidsquall73 10/3/2008 9:09:10 AM
You're absolutely correct chirop. The Zahn Trilogy was the best EU reading I've ever done. I remember finishing Rising and getting depressed because I had to wait for Command to come out. Even Lucas himself took a rare few things from it to add into the movies. And admitted to it. Coruscant being one of them. And for many years, there has been speculation that it will get turned into another trilogy of films, but there has been so much back and forth about it, it'll probably never happen. At least not at Lucas' hands. Oh well, it's the Star Wars universe and I will always love it, no matter what they throw at us. Even still play Galaxies every now and then when I'm not playing with my children.
TheSleeper 10/3/2008 9:30:37 AM
Actually, acidsquall, I think Ralph McQuarrie had done some sketches of Coruscant during the early planning stages of Return of the Jedi, so Zahn didn't create that world. But that original trilogy by Zahn was something else. Nothing since has quite measured up.
acidsquall73 10/3/2008 9:58:23 AM
He may have sketched the environment, but the name was all Zahn's. Both Zahn and Lucas have commented on it's use in the new trilogies. Lucas had a name for it, but it didn't fit his idea of the world. No biggie, I was just mentioning Lucas made use of the name. Kind of a nod to the fact that Lucas gets very stubborn about his property. Using something someone else thought of was unheard of for him.
wrrlykam 10/6/2008 12:32:58 AM
LUKE SKYWALKER AND THE SHADOWS OF MINDOR by Matthew Stover Does Luke find a magic ring in this one?
todd890 10/27/2008 5:00:53 PM

I've always loved these books.



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