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)
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