A new novel, the next two Aftermath titles and a handful of short stories were announced at NYCC this afternoon.
Aftermath: Lie Debt (September 2016) and Aftermath: Empire’s End (2017?) will be the next two from Chuck Wendig, while Claudia Gray has New Republic: Bloodlines set for a spring 2016 release. It’ll be set six years before The Force Awakens, and it doesn’t seem to be a Lost Stars sequel. (The Life Debt and Bloodline covers were spotted earlier today by Jedi Bibliothek.)
We also have short stories coming based around the aliens in Maz Kanata’s castle (as seen in Vanity Fair.) The first, from Alan Dean Foster, will appear in the Star Wars Insider. Another, ‘The Perfect Weapon’ from Deliah Dawson, will be released electronically and feature Bazeen, the woman in black.
There’ll also be Tales From A Galaxy Far Far Away from Landry Walker featuring stories called ‘High Noon on Jakku,’ ‘The Crimson Corsair’ and the ‘Treasure of Count Dooku.’ It’s unclear when this comes out, but it’ll be the first Tales book since 1999.
At the panel, Pablo Hidalgo said that the Story Group took into account worldbuilding from George Lucas, the early Micheal Arnt script, and things Rian Johnson wanted to explore in VIII when building Journey to The Force Awakens. They’ve closely mapped out what happens after Return of the Jedi – revolving around Jakku – and the lead-in to The Force Awakens, but things between those two points are looser for creative freedom. He said to reread the Journey books in a year, and see what you catch.
As for Shattered Empire, Greg Rucka revealed that he hadn’t actually pitched the book to include movie characters like Luke, Leia and Han when the first cover was revealed. But he also promises that #4 will be a love letter to Luke, comparing him to Qui-gon Jinn.