Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars novel Heir to the Empire was first released in hardcover on May 1, 1991. It was the first Star Wars novel to be released since L. Neil Smith’s Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka dropped in November 1983, and the first Star Wars novel to actually take place after Return of the Jedi. It was a lot of firsts, actually.
Anyway, this is still a dead blog and likely to remain so for the most part, but I thought this anniversary probably required some acknowledgement. Heir to the Empire is, after all, the work that jump-started this whole fandom thing for me personally, and Club Jade as whole (obviously) wouldn’t exist without it.
For anyone who wasn’t aware of the history: Star Wars was, in 1991, pretty much dead as a franchise. Andrew Liptak wrote up how the book came to be a few years back. Zahn himself spoke about it with the Insider recently.
We’re in a very different era now, but post-Heir, novels (and soon after, comics) were the only venues for new Star Wars stories for most of the 90s. (Which might explain why so many of us remain attached to, or at least nostalgic for them, Legends or not Legends!) That remained the case until The Phantom Menace in 1999.
Anyway… 30 years. Damn. While we’re here, I might as well point out that a new trade paperback edition of the book – with a new cover – is due out in June.
So that said, comments on this post are open. Did you read the Thrawn trilogy then? More recently? Or never at all? Are you reading Tim Zahn’s current Star Wars novels, the Thrawn Ascendancy prequels (Book I, Chaos Rising, came out in September, and Book II, Greater Good, on Tuesday). I hear they’re fairly backwards compatible with Legends.
If that’s not a factor for you: What’s your place with Star Wars right now?