The EU: Not Dead Yet.

Sue Rostoni of Lucasbooks announced on the starwars.com boards last month that there will be a 9-book post-NJO series. The series was previous announced as being set in the Tales of the Jedi era.

We’ve reconsidered where to set this 9-book series and have decided that the old Old Republic era may not be the best place. We’re now seriously considering post-NJO, something like 35 years after A New Hope. The thinking is that there is more opportunity here for substantial storylines using characters that people already have feelings about, and the outcome wouldn’t be known at the start of things. We still want to play in the Old Old Republic time frame, and will try to get a trilogy there. I hope you all aren’t disappointed – I’m trying to gauge whether it’s best to give you NO information at all, or information (like this) that’s subject to change.

Also from the boards, a little advance notice that the titles of the upcoming Troy Denning trilogy, also post-NJO and due next year, will be ‘leaked’ at a Comic Con panel.

I’m of mixed feelings. Yes, I kind of want more books… But Jacen and Jaina don’t do much for me, and I’m even less fond of most of their pals. I was looking forward to just ignoring the EU for a while. Damn this vile obsession!

And Matthew Woodring Stover (Traitor, Shatterpoint, Episode 3 novelization) has a blog. Who knew?

Novel Announcement: Labyrinth of Evil

In January we get Labyrinth of Evil, a novel featuring Anakin and Obi-Wan that leads directly into the opening on Episode 3. (Note: link contains visual spoilers for Ep3.)

It’s by James Luceno, who seems to be becoming the new KJA – at least as far as quantity goes. Even I really can’t insult any of the NJO authors by comparing them to the quality part. (Not even R. A. Salvatore! Well… maybe.)

Emperor’s Hand back in comics?

Mara Jade is coming back to comics in Empire. According to Randy Stradley of Dark Horse, she’s set to star in issue #28 of the ongoing series. Issue #28 would come out in January 2005, so the information is still quite tentative at this point. Previous comic storylines involving Mara are By The Emperor’s Hand, Union, and a handful of short appearances in the early issues of Star Wars Tales.

Also in comic news, the next issue of Star Wars Tales (#21) starts with an overhaul of the book with a new editor and format. Hopefully this doesn’t mean an end to the humor and offbeat stories, which is (IMO) the main reason to pick up Tales. Detail-oriented fanboys are NOT the only Star Wars fans, Dark Horse!