Interviews: EUC talks a bit of Darth Bane with Drew Karpyshyn.
First look: StarWars.com gives us a peek at The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I continue to wince at the appropriation of McQuarrie art in the name of designs based on those awful puppets. (Not that people were exactly Ralph’s greatest either, but if one must choose…) Your mileage may vary, but this is probably one Art of I’ll be sitting out for.
Ewan at swbooks.co.uk spotted yet another blurb at Amazon.co.uk. This one is for Karen Traviss’ Imperial Commando: 501st. And in related news, Random House is now giving the book a release date of October 27, moving back from September 29.
Once again, remember these Amazon blurbs are unconfirmed information! And it looks like this one contains spoilers for Order 66, so it’s black-barred under the cut. Continue reading
Updates from Sue Rostoni: Deathtroopers is becoming a hardcover, and the release date has been moved up to October 13th – all the better for Halloween sales, no doubt. Also moving is the newly-titled Fate of the Jedi: Backlash, back a week to January 26. Our book release schedule has been updated.
- Comics: Dark Horse’s Randy Stradley talks Star Wars with Newsarama. The big news here is that Invasion, like Rebellion, will alternate with Dark Times: “five months on, five months off.”
- More interviews! In podcast form! Author Matthew Stover on the Dragon Page; The EUCast has voice actress Jennifer Hale.
Our first street date shuffle of the new contract! After a fan noticed that there was something awry with the book’s catalog listing, Sue Rostoni has confirmed that Elaine Cunningham’s Blood Oath has been moved back to a December release date.
The manuscript hasn’t been delivered yet — it just got to be too late to make the deadline, so we moved it. I feel badly because the story, as you know, takes place before OUTCAST so we wanted it to come out as close to OUTCAST as possible… but it didn’t happen.
Meanwhile, there’s a whole new schedule entry on Sue’s blog, with a few additional details about the 2009 books, including some minor Fate of the Jedi details.
Off to update our book release schedule…
No more new books until the end of the month, but Wednesday does bring the fourth Legacy trade collection, Alliance. And in the midst of all last week’s new books, I forgot about Insider #106, which should be in stores (and mailboxes) now.
Also, our book release schedule has been updated, though the only new thing of note is the release date for The Force Unleashed paperback: August 25.
Bad news, folks – The Essential Atlas release date has moved from February to July. Still confident we’ll see it… eventually. (Thanks for the heads-up, Zee Zee!)
- Fate of the Jedi: Sue Rostoni says the covers will be similar to the Rebel Force covers… I can’t say I find that encouraging, with the Rebel Force covers being the epitome of bland. But maybe not being able to directly copy movie-era stills will lend the format some oomph.
- The Old Republic: MMO game fighting will be “choreographed.” Like in West Side Story? Because that would be awesome.
Lots of tidbits: Sue Rostoni has continued posting bits and pieces about the new contract on StarWars.com boards and blogs, including the timing of Fate of the Jedi and Blood Oath (apparently Seeley’s cover art has Zekk “in a very manly pose, looking ruggedly handsome.”) Meanwhile, the first FOTJ cover will feature Luke, although no artist names yet, and the manuscript for Shadows of Mindor is 419 pages. And she’s updated her book schedule entry with a few new dates (already reflected in our schedule) and the news that the Reaves/Bonhoff ‘holostar’ novel is set two years before the Battle of Yavin. And today we swing right back to Fate of the Jedi: It “will continue to be a mix of characters.”
- Comics: StarWars.com has Dark Horse’s January 2009 solicitations, but it looks pretty slim: Just Knights of the Old Republic and the beginning of Legacy’s first post-Vector arc.
- The Force Unleashed: Sean Williams shares his piece from the Adelaide Advertiser on writing Star Wars.
- LOTF: io9 features Jacen and Jaina as one of Science Fiction’s Fiercest Sibling Rivalries.
- Fate of the Jedi: The second book, Christie Golden’s Omen, has appeared on the Random House online catalog with a release date of June 23, 2009. (Please remember the page count is probably a placeholder number.)
- Imperial Commando: Karen Traviss talks about the fate of Sev on her blog.
- The Force Unleashed: Kotaku interviews Haden Blackman. (via)
- Comics: Preview Knights of the Old Republic #34.
Rebel Force revealed: TFN, via Eddie, has the blurbs for the first two books of the upcoming (and still not officially announced) Scholastic series. The gist? They start off right after A New Hope and star Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie. Continuity fans are already freaking out, but the rest of us might actually want to try the things. (Over at StarWars.com, Eddie says he found them in the latest Previews, so all signs point to legitimacy.)
- Fate of the Jedi: Author Christie Golden writes about Star Wars and being asked to be part of the new series.
- Comics: Collection of ‘lost’ stories in the works!
- Lists: The Jedi
AcademyPraxeum is part of io9′s guide to getting into the universe’s most prestigious colleges. And yes, ‘praxeum’ still makes me roll my eyes. Feel free to keep writing Dune books, Mr. Anderson!
- Housekeeping: Our book release schedule has been updated to reflect the latest infodrop – and also now links to author tags for quick and easy news-checking.