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Lucasfilm/Del Rey Confirm 35 New Books

More Star Wars EU Books announced.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 17, 2008
Source: Various


Legacy of the Force's Invincible by Troy Denning(2008).
© Del Rey Books
Over the past few days, there's been some new interesting announcements for readers and fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. With the 9-book Legacy of the Force series over, we've had slow leaks that there would be another 9-book Fate of the Jedi series beginning next March with the first book written by SW EU veteran Aaron Allston. We've also known of a standalone Millennium Falcon novel by James Luceno hitting shelves in October.

While these leaks have persisted, Sue from Lucasfilm Licensing couldn't really confirm or deny rumors until the actual contract renewal was signed between LFL and the publisher Del Rey.

And that signing has been confirmed the past few days. Here's what the official site had to say.

Maintaining a relationship that began more than 30 years ago, LucasBooks and Del Rey are slated to publish another 45 Star Wars titles from 2009 through the end of 2013. The titles will include 35 novels and 10 nonfiction books.

Since 1976, when Judy-Lynn del Rey took a chance on an unknown movie called Star Wars and published the tie-in novel to unprecedented bestsellerdom, Del Rey Books has published a wide range of Star Wars titles, including movie and video game tie-in novels; original series and stand-alone novels; as well as character guides and non-fiction film books. Every hardcover Star Wars novel from Del Rey/LucasBooks has been an instant New York Times bestseller, and 2008 saw Star Wars in the #1 spot twice on the New York Times list with Revelation, the eighth book in the recent Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series, and with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the tie-in to the upcoming video game from LucasArts. In 2007 alone, the total number of Star Wars books printed under the Del Rey/LucasBooks imprint was over 1.5 million copies.

"Our relationship with Lucasfilm is treasured," said Gina Centrello, President and Publisher of the Random House Publishing Group. "We are extremely proud of our Star Wars publishing program, which is the cornerstone of the Del Rey list."

Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing, said "The legacy of Star Wars publishing began with Del Rey. "For more than 30 years they have been a superb partner with an unflinching commitment to keep Star Wars fans informed, entertained and enthralled."

Among the titles launching in 2009 are the first three in a new Star Wars multi-book, multi-author story arc following directly in the footsteps of the Legacy of the Force series. The nine-book, three-author series, Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, will break new ground by being the first multi-book Star Wars series to be published all in hardcover. The series, which will be published over the space of three years, will launch in April 2009 with Outcast, by Aaron Allston; the other two authors planning and penning the nine novels will be Christie Golden and Troy Denning. Also to come is The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, to be released in 2010 in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of that film, along with a continuation of the hugely successful series of Star Wars Essential Guides.



What do we know of the 35 novels? Well, some new light has been shed via various writers blogs.

1. Forgotten Realms writer Paul S. Kemp is entering the world of SW EU. The author confirmed that he is writing a stand alone set around the same time frame as FotJ. Here's what he had to say on it.

I want to let you all know that I'll be writing a novel in the Star Wars line from Del Rey. I'm both honored and excited to be a part of Star Wars. The novel, currently untitled, will be a standalone, occurs after the events of the Legacy of the Force series, and will feature a Jedi who has been mentioned by name only a handful of times in previous Star Wars novels, and who has (as far as I know) never been developed at all (I tried very hard to convince the Del Rey editors to allow me to use a previously unused character, and they were gracious in that regard; the story is also entirely of my own creation, so that's pretty cool, too). I'm not yet authorized to give any more detail on the character or story, but will when I can.

Long story short, I get to play in this incredible sandbox with characters and a story that is basically my own (which is pretty much the way it is in the Realms, too, come to think of it). I think that's damned cool.

The novel is scheduled for release in very early 2010. I'm in the process of writing it now. This will have no effect on my next Forgotten Realms trilogy, the first book of which will also release in 2010.


2. Karen Traviss is coming back into the post-LotF era with a stand alone novel about her favorite character, Boba Fett. It's likely going to deal with the aftermath of what happened in Troy Denning's Invincible novel.

3. Elaine Cunningham, who wrote the NJO novel Dark Journey, is also coming back into the mythology with orders to write a stand alone called Blood Oath. This paperback is due in stores April 2009, just one month after the first installment of Fate of the Jedi. The official Amazon page listing has it coming in at 352 pages but page counts are very untrustworthy this early into the game.

4. Author Drew Karpyshyn has confirmed on his official Star Wars blog that a third Darth Bane novel has been approved.

"In case you haven't heard, Del Rey is signed on to continue publishing Star Wars books right through to 2013. The current plans include roughly 35 novels (SW fans are voracious readers!). And among those novels will be the third book in the Darth Bane series!

I like the sound of that, so let me type it one more time:

There will be a third Darth Bane novel!

If you think I'm excited, you should see the mega font I used on the NEWS page of my website to announce this. (Okay, maybe it's not that impressive. My website is functional, not aesthetically pleasing.)

I'd love people to click the link and check out my site, but just to make it easy on you, I'll summarize the info from my website:

"The story that began in Path of Destruction and continued in Rule of Two will (possibly) come to a thrilling (and likely bloody) conclusion in the third Bane novel called… well, I don’t actually have a title yet. Or an outline. Or any other relevant details.

Come on, give me a break. Rule of Two isn’t even out in paperback yet. I mean, I’ve been thinking about this for a while. Playing with ideas. But I never bothered to lock anything down. (I’m a terrible procrastinator. Without a deadline looming, I tend to let things slide.)

Do I know what’s going to happen to Bane and Zannah? Yes… on a very general, very high level. But it’s going to be a while before I have the details worked out.

So I know what you’re all wondering: will Zannah kill Bane? Will Bane kill Zannah? Will we meet any other apprentices? Sorry, but I can’t answer any of those questions. I don’t even know exactly when the novel is scheduled for release (although I think winter/spring of 2010 is a good bet). I will tell you that I need to have the manuscript done by March, so that gives me plenty of time to put together a worthy successor to the first two novels."




To summarize for SW EU readers, we have three new stand alones confirmed around the same time as the Fate of the Jedi time period releasing into book stores from 2009 to 2010. We have the 9-book hardcover FotJ as well. And Karen Traviss has more RC and IC novels on the horizon. With 35 being the number of books contracted, we still have a lot of unknowns between now and 2013.

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Miner49er 9/17/2008 3:10:43 AM
Keep on milking that cow George!
hanso 9/17/2008 6:31:57 AM
I returned Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game. It got what amounts to a C rating, but that wasn't what did it for me. What made me return it was that the game is like 6-8 hrs long with little replay value. I can't pay $60 for a 6 hour game that is only C rated. Just a heads up to anyone that is thinking about buying it, rent it first, that's what I'm gonna do.
nrollins 9/17/2008 7:24:42 AM
Would anyone recommend a SW EU book or trilogy to read? In high school I read the first Zahn (Thrawn) Trilogy, and a couple of the Kevin J Anderson books, Truce at Bakura, etc...basically those first few. But then it all got away from me, and now I understand some of the books are like 100 years after RoTJ? I don't care to get caught up, and I really enjoy the lore closer to the OT movies. Is there a book or trilogy from recent years that you think is THE set for me to read?
joeybaloney 9/17/2008 7:37:32 AM
Insert Lucas bash here.
ponyboy76 9/17/2008 8:00:50 AM
I know that it takes alot of workand money to film a movie, but it does also take alot of work to write a very good book. 35 new books are coming out. Are you going to tell me that Lucas is so tight with his grasp on the Star Wars Universe that he won't let anyone else write or direct one, but doesn't mind if they make 35 books? He could get one or two or three of these writers to put together an awesome script and get another person to direct. I like reading but, I really want to see a Star Wars flick done right.
MIKWOZ 9/17/2008 8:38:22 AM
Paul S. Kemp is the man! One of the best Fantasy writers out there today. I'm psyched to read his take on the SW universe!
JarrodSarafin 9/17/2008 11:27:35 AM
Heh, that was funny Joey. When writing this, I knew there would be some GL bashing.<br /> To be fair, GL doesn't really control the publishing department. He has people from Lucasfilm Licensing who control the Expanded Universe area and he occasionally meets with them, if ever. He talks to someone who talks to someone who manages that aspect of the franchise.<br /> Btw, there are hundreds of books, ponyboy. This is just another 35 novels confirmed between now and 2013 out of Del Rey. <br /> Speaking of which. Nrollins, I'd suggest you pick up the New Jedi Order, set right after Zahn's Hand of Thrawn duology. It's a 19-book series and it's quite a bit of fun as it begins to pass the baton to the next era of Jedi Knights...i.e...Han, Leia and Luke's children and various other Jedi offspring.<br /> I didn't really like Legacy of the Force because I felt Karen Traviss hijacked it with her Mando/Fett fetish but if you want to catch up to present day before Fate of the Jedi begins next March, it's probably a must read as well since one directly ties into the other.<br /> <br /> And agree Mikwoz, I'm a huge Forgotten Realms fan. Can't wait to see what Kemp brings to the SW EU.
sportwarrior 9/17/2008 1:07:43 PM
I read every single Star Wars book in existence up through Star by Star. I voraciously read anything Star Wars through middle school and allowed it to continue as a guilty pleasure through high school. Once I hit college, though, I found my interest waning. It took me decidedly longer than normal to finish Star by Star simple because I didn't find myself as invested in the series as I used to be... Not because of the quality, but simply because I've moved on. I sometimes entertain the thought of going back and catching up but I just haven't found the time or a strong enough desire to do so. A shame, really. There's probably a ton of quality Star Wars stuff I haven't read since 2001. If I were as interested now as I was when I was younger I'd probably read it all in a month.
dnbritt 9/17/2008 2:00:30 PM
Rollins, depending on how much time and effort you want to put into it, I strongly suggest the New Jedi Order series. It's 17 books, but it flows nicely and it is epic in scope and story. It also leads into the 9 book Legacy of the Force series mentioned in this article. If you're looking for less commitment, check out Zahn's Hand of Thrawn duology. It ties up everything between Heir to the Empire and NJO pretty well, essential reading. The story you mentioned set 100 years after ROTJ is actually the comic series Legacy from Dark Horse. It's pretty good through the first two trades I've read.
DarthDuck 9/17/2008 9:18:53 PM
I'm a big fan of the EU novels despite the fact I've not read any of the NJO or LotF series. Sorry, I know. The best things about the EU books is a period in the Star Wars timeline, like the prequel trilogies can give us great storylines for some fantatic books. I particularly enjoyed Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter and Timothy Zahn's prequel to the Heir to the Empire trilogy: Outbound Flight. But the best Star Wars novel I've read recently would have to be Darth Bane: path of Destruction. it's fantastic and gives a great insight to the Sith, with plently of dark side action and knwoledge. I'd definately suggest it to anyone.
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