A source has forwarded me some very troubling information about the upcoming books. It seems that LFL and Del Rey (yes, Del Rey will be back) have been paying attention to the most extreme whining about LOTF and even the NJO, and they’re taking steps accordingly. I hate to assault the eyes of an unprepared audience, so details are below the cut: Enter at your own risk.
The first disturbing reaction is the acceptance of a ‘fluid,’ more fanfic-inspired continuity. While not formally throwing the current canon out the window, they are opening up ‘alternate’ timeframes and other such nonsense. The second? Well…”We’re taking the war out of Star Wars,” said our Bothan spy. “Exhaustive lunchtime research has shown that the fans are getting fed up with depressing storylines, so we’re going for a different feel. To that end, we’re bringing back some previous authors whose work captured the spirit of fun and adventure.”
Here are some of the books that are currently in the planning stages:
The first release under the new program “pairs classic authors Kevin J. Anderson (Darksaber) with Dave Wolverton (Courtship of Princess Leia) to tell the story of Jacen Solo, torn between his love for Hapan princess Tenel Ka and his lifelong dream of running an animal sanctuary.” At right, a cover mockup. Not the only ‘up’ I’m feeling at the moment, but if I stop for snark I’ll never get this done. Moving on…
In the outline stage is a third Star Wars novel from Drew Karpyshyn “linking fan-favorite Waru with the ancient Sith.”
Also well on the way is a pair of books described as “Gossip Girl with politics” exploring the early lives of Leia and Padme. LucasBooks is developing these with 17th Street Productions, the book packaging unit responsible for Sweet Valley High and Gossip Girl. “LFL really wants to make an outreach to young girls,” says our source. “The YA books are a big push for expanding the audience.”
There are also rumblings that Derek J. Reda’s long-shelved Bib Fortuna and the Rise of the Dark Falls might finally see daylight, but even the Bothans have heavy doubts on that front.
Release dates are still not set, but the Anderson/Wolverton collaboration and YA novels are likely to be out in time for Christmas.
I think I have to lay down now.
ETA: Followup, and another cover!