The New Tales

It is as I have forseen… The official site has posted a preview of one the stories in Tales #21. Now, I’ve been very fatalistic about this issue, because I dearly love teh funneh of the old Tales and ‘continuity’ is a word that has long since come to mean ‘fanboy stuff not worth the headache’ for me, and really, this isn’t helping.

Although I did gain some amusement from the fact that the main character in the preview is channeling Black!Leather!Gambit.

Books and Magazines

Sorry for the delay in posting this week’s news. It was a wacky weekend.

Books
There is much to please the Star Wars fan, this week:

MedStar 2: Jedi Healer – by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry – Not only is this book named after one of our CJ members (at least we like to think so), but we’re finally going to find out the answers to all those dangling mysteries left us after the end of MedStar 1.

Jedi Quest #10: The Final Showdown – by Jude Watson – Has Obi-Wan finally managed to catch up with his arch nemesis? Will Obi-Wan finally manage to have an emotionally fulfilling conversation with his padawan Anakin? You’ll have to read it to find out.

Magazines
I continue to ascert that the UK has the best film magazines. A couple more finally hit the newsstands.

DreamWatch -October, 2004, #121 – This has a great interview with Carrie Fisher and Irvin Kershner. There’s also the usual coverage of all things sci-fi and fantasy.

Empire Magazine – October, 2004 – It’s a Classic Star Wars spectacular! It comes nice and sealed up with a special magazine insert celebrating all things Star Wars.

I see by your implant…

Fan audio isn’t my thing, so many thanks to Jade Crusades for pointing out an episode of Requiem of the Outcast that features an interview with Timothy Zahn and Aaron Allston at StellerCon 2004. The interview starts at 15:20 and just might bring back your post-con depression. They talk about other authors writing their characters, fan reaction, Piggy, killing characters, writing in the original Wookiee, websites as self promotion, hints about Zahn’s Outbound Flight novel and even filking. (!)

Old Republic in 2006, Zahn in 2007…

A few interesting bits of news out of starwars.com today… First up, news on hardcover novels due in 2006. The first, by James Luceno is a post-Episode III novel. Also due that year are two Old Republic novels by Elizabeth Hand and Drew Karpyshyn.

The most intriguing announcement, at least for Club Jaders, is a brand new book by Timothy Zahn set sometime between ANH and ROTJ fot 2007… Provided the Outbound Flight novel is still a go, that would make this his 8th Star Wars novel.

Fans of the starwars.com message boards will also note that they’ve launched a regional section.