Who’s writing The Rise of Skywalker novelization, Zahn has a new Thrawn trilogy and more Star Wars book and comic news out of NYCC

A number of notable fiction announcements came out of today’s Lucasfilm Publishing panel at New York Comic-Con: An author you’ll probably recognize has nabbed the next novelization, Timothy Zahn is writing a new trilogy that will feature Thrawn, and Marvel is indeed relaunching their main Star Wars title to pick up after ESB.

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B&N’s edition of Resistance Reborn will have exclusive bookmarks; Del Rey at NYCC

Rebecca Roanhorse’s Resistance Reborn isn’t coming out next week – at least for most of us – but when it does, fans who get it from Barnes & Noble will also get these double-sided bookmarks.

The book is Del Rey’s entry in the Journey to the Rise of Skywalker series, and is out on November 5 – but Del Rey is going to New York Comic Con next week (October 3-6), which will have a whole panel on Journey. There’s no con edition or early release for this round, but Roanhorse will be signing posters.

Del Rey lists three Star Wars centric panels – an audiobook one on Thursday, Lucasfilm Publishing on Friday, and the Journey panel, “Join the Resistance!” on Saturday, immediately followed by a Roanhorse signing. Other Star Wars authors signing include Delilah S. Dawson, Cavan Scott and Christian Blauvelt, and all the relevant details are in this PDF.

If you’re not attending NYCC, don’t worry – there are Journey novels coming out on Force Friday, but we’ll get to that in a day or so. (Or you can just check out the schedule, which is jam-packed.)

NYCC: Cover for Gray’s Master & Apprentice, new Freed novel on tap

There were only a handful of Star Wars fiction reveals at NYCC this afternoon, but they’re pretty sizable ones! We get the final cover for Claudia Gray’s Master & Apprentice. The art is by Alice X. Zhang. We also have a brand-new book announcement: Alphabet Squadron, by Alexander M. Freed, will feature “Rebel pilots hunting down Imperials,” apparently set post-ROTJ. Master & Apprentice is due in April, and StarWars.com says that Alphabet Squadron is due in June.

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NYCC: Zahn writing a Thrawn sequel, Forces of Destiny comics coming

The big news out of the Star Wars literature panel at New York Comic Con? A Thrawn sequel from Timothy Zahn is coming next summer. Thrawn: Alliances will also feature Darth Vader, because why not, I guess.

Since Thrawn pretty much butts up against Thrawn’s appearance and new canon debut Rebels, there’s some speculation that the book could be set after the cartoon… Which could mean that he’ll survive the show’s final season. Maybe. In any case, the book is already in the hands of Del Rey.

It’s also up on the Random House catalog, where we get a brief – but illuminating – blurb.

The sequel to New York Times bestseller Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances will continue to follow the rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn to the heights of Imperial power—and accompany him into the past, witnessing his first encounter with the man who will one day become Darth Vader.

The book is currently scheduled for a June 26, 2018 release in hardcover and eBook.

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Del Rey offering From A Certain Point of View con edition at NYCC – with a twist

Fans at New York Comic Con (October 5-8) will be able to purchase a special edition of From a Certain Point of View, the publisher’s 40th Anniversary anthology. It’s their latest convention edition featuring exclusive cover art and printed end papers. (The contents are the same as the regular edition.)

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NYCC: Timothy Zahn says not to fear that Rebels is going to misuse Thrawn

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We’ve already covered the news out of Friday’s Star Wars writers roundtable at NYCC, but there was a decent lineup of current writers: Novelists Timothy Zahn, Chuck Wendig, James Luceno, E.K. Johnston, comic writers Kieron Gillen, Charles Soule, plus Lucasfilm editor Jennifer Heddle. Tor.com has a nice roundup of their comments.

Zahn reassured fans that the Thrawn on Rebels is not too far removed from the Thrawn of Legends. Johnston revealed that Ahsoka begins “about ten minutes—slight exaggeration—after Order 66 comes down.” And Wendig had some wise words about what makes Star Wars so appealing. (He also joked about Jar Jar being in Empire’s End, of course. But is it really that far-fetched? Really?)

Here’s the panel video:

NYCC: More Rogue One books revealed; 40th Anniversary publishing program coming

Details on the Rogue One book tie-ins and 40th Anniversary publishing program for 2017 were revealed at New York Comic Con Friday morning.

In addition to James Luceno’s Catalyst, the Rogue One fiction lineup will include a young adult novel about Jyn Erso from Star Wars newcomer Beth Revis (Across the Universe.) Greg Rucka (Before the Awakening) will return for a middle grade novel featuring Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe. The preliminary versions of the covers above were spotted earlier by Jedi Bibliotek. They’ll both be out on May 2.

catalyst700Catalyst will be the first of the Rogue One books to hit the shelves, on November 15th. The second wave will drop with the film on December 16, and includes The Art of Rogue One, Pablo Hidalgo’s Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide and ebook versions of the two novelizations: Alexander Freed’s from Del Rey and the junior version by Matt Forbeck from Disney-Lucasfilm Press. Freed’s will be in hardcover on January 3, while it looks like Forbeck’s won’t be in print until March 28.

We’ll learn more about the 40th Anniversary publishing plans in the coming months, although the official site says “legendary Star Wars talent such as Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, and Tom Palmer would be reuniting” for an anniversary book from Disney-Lucasfilm Press. One component of the program would seem to be a new collection of the newspaper strips, also spotted by – you guessed it – Jedi Bibliotek.