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Yes Virginia, Millennium Falcon is post-LOTF

I almost spoiled myself over at io9 today, (Spoilers for EVERYTHING at that link) but since even they’re reporting about Invincible I’m just going to cave and report that the people who got the book early are saying that Luceno’s Millennium Falcon is a post-LOTF novel. It gets teased in the back of Invincible, complete with a ‘to be continued…’ (or other words to that effect.) And while there’s more, it’s spoileriffic and thus I don’t know.

I first read this on the TFN boards and may have caught a teensy bit of spoiler in the process, but both EUC and TFN have posted the news since then, so what the hell. It’s tough out here when you’re trying to get the spoilers off limits… At least with friends like these.

James Luceno’s Millennium Falcon: Another unannounced novel at RandomHouse.com

Some folks over at TFN discovered a listing for an audiobook and an audio download of a book we’ve heard nothing of so far: Millennium Falcon by James Luceno. (Han and Lando backstory, perhaps?) Release date is given as December 30, 2008.

Now, when are we going to get that contract announcement?

Darth Plagueis novel cancelled

Rumors have been swirling around the boards about the fate of Jim Luceno’s Darth Plagueis novel, and now editor Sue Rostoni has confirmed – the book has been canceled. Of course, the real reason for her post is some adjustment in the book release schedule. I’ll be updating the CJ schedule within the next few days. Also note the 2009 dates, including an unknown hardcover.

Video Monday

What if Quentin Tarantino made Lord of the Rings? Orodruin Dogs, Ring Fiction, Natural Born Orcs, and White City. Not as good as Star Wars Pulp Fiction, but still pretty damn funny.

Bill Moyers’ interview with George Lucas from The Mythology of Star Wars TV special, in four three parts: 1, 3, 4. I’m not sure where part 2 went, if it was ever there at all.

James Michael Tyler talks to Jonathan Rinzler about The Art of Revenge of the Sith and The Making of, as well as Matthew Stover about the ROTS novelization and James Luceno about Dark Lord.

Screw that, have more funny

Preview: Dark Lord

Starwars.com posts a preview of James Luceno’s Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, which is set immediately post-ROTS:

The Republic has become the Empire, ruled by the wicked Palpatine with order enforced by his new right hand agent, Darth Vader. The galaxy is reeling from civil war and the shocking elimination of the Jedi Knights. Some worlds are resistant to the New Order, and are determined to make a stand against these sweeping new changes.

One of Darth Vader’s first tasks is to snuff out these early embers of resistance, and it is this mission that will lead him to discover his true strength and come into his own as the Emperor’s iron fist.

It comes out in November.

Del Rey is also coming out with an omnibus of the ROTS novelization and Labyrinth of Evil, along with a bonus CD-ROM with a “visual script” and concept art.

“Labyrinth of Evil” interview

Del Rey has an interesting interview with “Labyrinth of Evil” author James Luceno.

I don’t agree with a lot of what he has to say in the interview about Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship. In fact, it seems incongruent with what he wrote in his book. Regardless, LoE is a good read. I’d even go so far as to say I wouldn’t want to go into ROTS without having read both LoE and the utterly brilliant “Dark Rendezvous.”

Wantons, clear your shelves…

April brings a lot of Star War novels – now you can update your list with one more. The Desperate Mission, first book of The Last of the Jedi series by Jude Watson, will be released April 2nd:

Obi-Wan Kenobi is in hiding, mourning the loss of his fellow Jedi, and devastated by the betrayal of his former Padawan. He has been tasked to watch over and protect a young child who may hold the key to the galaxy’s salvation.

But when Obi-Wan finds out that a former Jedi apprentice has survived, he must make a painful decision: whether to stay on Tatooine to preserve the future of the Jedi, or voyage into the heart of the Empire on one last desperate mission.

Also on the official site: An interview with James Luceno on Labyrinth of Evil.

…But still no name

Sue Rostoni has posted several items on the OS boards about the 9-book post NJO trilogy:

Expect to see — Star Wars. We very much want to go back to the pulp Space Opera feel of the original movies (as opposed to hard SciFi). The focus will be character-driven situations, set against a backdrop of perhaps not galactic proportions, but certainly providing opportunities for spectacular space battles and lots of lightsaber action. Expect to see the major characters (Skywalkers and Solos) and many of the minor characters (Jedi Knights), and some old favorites. And, hopefully, a lot of surprises.

And on Ben Skywalker:

He’ll be 13 when the series begins and one of the main characters.

Added bonus info – the name of Jim Luceno’s post-Episode 3 hardcover will be Star Wars: Dark Lord.

Books and Magazines

Okay. Don’t post for a couple of weeks and you end up with quite the stack of things to tell you about. I hope your budgets are doing well.

Books
Jedi Trial by David Sherman and Dan Cragg – This is a Clone Wars hardcover novel leading up to events in Episode 3. Your position in or out of the spoiler cave will determine if you want to read this one. The premise sounds intriguing.

Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy by James Luceno – The cool Cross-Section books from DK go back to the worlds of the Classic Trilogy. Many nifty things to explore. I always enjoy these books.

Long Way Round – by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman – Okay. So this isn’t strictly Star Wars. But it’s Ewan McGregor, isn’t it? And the book is as interesting as the show appears to be. It’s a hardcover, so it might be placed oddly in your local bookstore.

Magazines
Amazing Stories – December 2004 – Hey. We’re kinda partial to Paizo, the publisher of Amazing Stories. But the magazine is full of all sorts of great stories. And we like that they’re willing to give little guys a chance. Like this one guy: Aaron Allston. Oh, wait. We know him! Actually, Aaron is a much-beloved Star Wars writer who was given the chance to write a 1,000 word story to go with a picture. If you were at DragonCon, you might have heard about it.

Dreamwatch – November 2004 – Well, Dreamwatch has started officially publishing in the US. Will it remain as good as its UK counterpart? We’re hoping so. It looks intriguing this issue with its interview of Gary Kurtz and his views of the creation of the original trilogy. No Ep3 spoilers spotted, but there is discussion about the TV show. (Sorry. Can’t seem to find a US website.)

Film Review Special – #54, The Sex Issue – See where your favorite Star Wars actors rate on the Top100 sexiest actors list. (There’s a good number of the men of Star Wars on there.) And find out all sorts of salacious stories about your other fandom favorites, as well.

Starburst – Issue 316 – Christopher Lee is doing video games, now. Is there any medium he has yet to conquer? There’s also coverage of the rumor mill about Episodes 7 through 9.

Until next week!