The cover of the second Dark Nest book, The Unseen Queen, has finally been released for real. And naturally, jacket copy:
Despite being given new worlds to populate, the insectoid Killiks have not found peace. An unknown enemy has been attacking the new nests — and the Killiks hold the Jedi responsible. Traveling back to the Unknown Regions to unravel the mystery, the Skywalkers and Solos discover an evil far more familiar than they ever expected… and even more terrifying. Why does the Dark Nest want to kill Mara? Will Jacen’s apocalyptic vision trigger another galactic war or prevent one? And perhaps most ominous of all, what deadly secret are the Killik’s hiding?
To find out, Luke, Mara, Han and Leia must embark on a perilous journey into the uncharted void between right and wrong. The ferocious Unknown Terrors are only the beginning of the awesome challenges that lie ahead in their quest to fathom the unfathomable. For an obscure dispute is about to explode into chaos, pitting Jedi against Jedi — and threatening the very galaxy itself.
As an added bonus, you can see the final cover of Dark Lord as well.
Having witnessed – several times – the raucous explosion of theory and speculation that followed each reveal of the new Harry Potter cover art, I truly enjoyed McSweeney’s Things you can learn about the plot of the next Harry Potter book just by looking at the cover art. Sadly, it’s closer to the serious speculation than you’d think. Which proves my theory that rabid HP fans are totally crazy.
Of course, all hardcore fans are crazy. Even I’m not going to deny that one.
Fans have the chance to write an official backstory. Every week, starwars.com will post a new extra or object, and Hyperspace members can submit their take. The winning stories will get to be part of the starwars.com databank.
An intriguing, if overly fanboy, look at how the prequel and original trilogies could be connected. Features R2-D2 as a Rebel field agent, Qui-Gon Jinn as undead method of communication, and Chewbacca as the Rebellion’s top-line spy. Reads more as a fanfic outline than garden-variety speculation – as far-fetched as it may be, there’s enough out-of-nowhere connections to make George Lucas proud. (via Cinematical.)
Life is too short to keep up with all of blogs.starwars.com, but here are few recent gems from the VIP section:
Tasty Taste’s (Leland Chee) Death Star timeline
Dan Wallace on whether Star Wars is science fiction or space fantasy and an unofficial list of Grand Admirals.
Halagard (Abel G. Pena) has a lengthy discourse on Mace Windu and the Jedi Order.
Ghent (Paul Ens) on how Leia remembers Padme.
And last but certainly not least, JessaJediB (Mary Franklin) on Leia and Bail in the Radio Drama.
And comments are now enabled! I’m not sure if you have to be a Hypespace member to comment as you do to have a blog, but a starwars.com account is required. You can check up on all the lastest VIP postings here.
I’ve always been a bit perplexed by the concept of internet and fan audio (what’s wrong with text, now?) but The SciFi Podcast Network looks like it could be pretty neat. According to Nathan Butler, Mike Stackpole is one of the forces behind the site, and several fandom audio shows have or will soon be joining.
Star Wars characters from the ROTS video game will rock out to Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Take Me Out’ on MTV2’s Video Mods tomorrow. The video features Anakin on vocals, Obi-Wan on guitar, Mace Windu on bass, Yoda on drums, and is sure to be a favorite of drunken JadeCon audiences come August.
Jango Fett and Darth Vader make Revolution Sci-Fi’s tounge-in-cheek list of the Best Dads of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Chewbacca and Midichlorians get ‘Bad Dad’ mentions.
Star Wars USB memory keys from Japan. No Han – a bit odd since both the Threepio and R2 versions look frozen in carbonite. Probably not going to make it over here, like most of the best wacky Japanese merchandise… But we can dream. (Via Gizmodo.)
Ytmnd, the mastermind(s) behind the flood of Vader ‘NOOOOOO’ graphics, have turned on Tom Cruise. The highlight? Power! Unlimited power!. Bonnie has the list.