There’s been a flurry of interviews with Expanded Universe folks coming out in the last few weeks. Joe Schreiber of Death Troopers fame is the man of the hour, appearing at StarWars.com and LAist. But he’s not the only one: There’s Leland Chee, Aaron Allston, and Abel G Peña, too.
First up, some very good news for the Fate of the Jedi fans in the crowd. Today, editor Sue Rostoni posts:
We’re moving around some pub dates, so stay tuned. Next week I’ll be posting a blog reflecting the revised calendar. The major change is that we’ve moved some of the Fate of the Jedi novels, beginning next year, to give the authors a bit more time to write …. longer novels. We conjured up a few beefy subplots to add to the mix that are really going to increase action, tension, and characters and wanted to be sure each author has enough time to really develop and write the stories without a lot of rush.
Many folks were upset by the slimness of Outcast and Omen, so bigger books are good news. Head under the cut for the canon stuff. Continue reading
- Toys: Rebelscum has pictures of Hasbro’s evolution of the Sith set, including shirtless Maul, Darth Nihilus, and the please-someone-get-him-a-tissue Darth Bane, right.
- The blogside: Artist Dustin Weaver writes a bit about his cover for Dark Times #16.
- Interviews: French site Star Wars Universe interviews Lucasfilm continuity guru Leland Chee, while NJOE has Essential Atlas author Dan Wallace.
- The Clone Wars: There’s going to be another video game, Republic Heroes. I’m shocked! Well, not that shocked.
- People: Wired has a hefty profile of Lucasfilm’s continuity guru, Keeper of the Holocron Leland Chee. (Who then blogged about it, naturally.) A must-read for all you fannish continuity savants!
- RPG: io9 previews the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide, which came out today.
- Upcoming: Amazon.co.uk is saying that newcomer Alex Wheeler is penning Scholastic’s Rebel Force series. Google doesn’t pull up any likely suspects and it is Amazon, so don’t assume this is for real yet – though if it is, my guess would be that ‘Alex Wheeler’ is somebody’s brand-new pen name. But remember, we still have yet to see any official announcement of this series to begin with, so nothing is certain. (via)
- Misc: Tracking a copy of The Empire Strikes Back novelization.
Word on the street is that Star Wars Insider #95 is starting to show up in subscriber mailboxes, and that it contains an interview with LOTF author Troy Denning and lots of hints about what happens in Inferno, in addition to a few pages on Clone Wars, and a Q&A with Leland Chee.
There’s a fan summary of the interview a couple posts down on this thread at the NJOE boards.
Lucasfilm continuity guru Leland Chee has the roundup of the Council from the NJO and beyond.
The Movie Blog’s John Campea on why we aren’t swimming in fantasy films in the wake of Lord of the Rings.
Apprentice of Wisdom does some digging and finds a possible origin for Palpatine’s name.; RJ Peters considers hope and redemption; Kenobi-fan on the Force; Abel G. Peña continues his Emperor’s Pawns endnotes with a look at the retconning of Lumiya; Leland Chee on continuty, cross-platform storytelling and non-SW terms.
Next issue of Star Wars Insider will feature their Top 20 EU Moments. I expect there will be quite a bit of debate once this is released, but it’s always nice to see the books get some Insider page space.
Comic-Con 2005 is currently in progress in California, and there have been some hints that Jonathan Rinzler has an unfinished copy of The Swarm War cover. No guarantees, but attendees might get a peak. In the meantime, there’s plenty of other SW goodness going on in San Deigo.
Lucasfilm’s Sue Rostoni has started a starwars.com blog, where she has posted that Elizabeth Hand’s 2007 Old Republic novel has been canceled. No word on what will replace it, but fear not, there’s still one OR book in the queue – Drew Karpyshyn’s Darth Bane novel. Which I suspect is the one we’re all more interested in anyway. ;)
(More EU VIP blogs can be found in starwars.com’s listing of all the latest VIP posts.)
Another interesting post found in the starwars.com blogs is Ithorian Guy on The Mystery of the Whills. He obviously knows his stuff, and the entry came to my attention via a message board post by LFL’s Leland Chee, so you know he’s gotta be onto something.
And finally, starwars.com posted the October 2005 comics yesterday – previews of Empire #38, X-wing — Rogue Leader #2, Republic #83, and Clone Wars Volume 7, which collects the Obsession arc.