Okay. Don’t post for a couple of weeks and you end up with quite the stack of things to tell you about. I hope your budgets are doing well.
Books Jedi Trial by David Sherman and Dan Cragg – This is a Clone Wars hardcover novel leading up to events in Episode 3. Your position in or out of the spoiler cave will determine if you want to read this one. The premise sounds intriguing.
Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy by James Luceno – The cool Cross-Section books from DK go back to the worlds of the Classic Trilogy. Many nifty things to explore. I always enjoy these books.
Long Way Round – by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman – Okay. So this isn’t strictly Star Wars. But it’s Ewan McGregor, isn’t it? And the book is as interesting as the show appears to be. It’s a hardcover, so it might be placed oddly in your local bookstore.
Magazines Amazing Stories – December 2004 – Hey. We’re kinda partial to Paizo, the publisher of Amazing Stories. But the magazine is full of all sorts of great stories. And we like that they’re willing to give little guys a chance. Like this one guy: Aaron Allston. Oh, wait. We know him! Actually, Aaron is a much-beloved Star Wars writer who was given the chance to write a 1,000 word story to go with a picture. If you were at DragonCon, you might have heard about it.
Dreamwatch – November 2004 – Well, Dreamwatch has started officially publishing in the US. Will it remain as good as its UK counterpart? We’re hoping so. It looks intriguing this issue with its interview of Gary Kurtz and his views of the creation of the original trilogy. No Ep3 spoilers spotted, but there is discussion about the TV show. (Sorry. Can’t seem to find a US website.)
Film Review Special – #54, The Sex Issue – See where your favorite Star Wars actors rate on the Top100 sexiest actors list. (There’s a good number of the men of Star Wars on there.) And find out all sorts of salacious stories about your other fandom favorites, as well.
Starburst – Issue 316 – Christopher Lee is doing video games, now. Is there any medium he has yet to conquer? There’s also coverage of the rumor mill about Episodes 7 through 9.
The science fiction magazine Amazing Stories initially debuted in 1926 or so and was for decades a source of science fiction and fantasy short stories. It faded away in the ’90s, but has been revived by the good folk over at Paizo Publishing.
Amazing‘s “first issue of the 21st century” (as the cover proclaims) showed up at San Diego Comic-Con a week or so ago. Now edited by Dave Gross, former editor of Star Wars Insider, it adds media coverage, including book/movie/computer game reviews, to the standard mix of short stories, columns, and letters to the editor. It also bumps the format up to 8″x11″ from the digest size that has been standard for SF&F short story publications.
The first issue features Spider-Man on the cover and fiction by Timothy Zahn, Bruce Sterling, and Gene Wolfe, among others, inside. The URL to Paizo’s Amazing Stories page is http://www.paizo.com/amazing.