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.Continue reading “Heir to the Empire is 30 years old”
Third Thrawn novel coming summer 2019
Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Treason is due in the summer of 2019. This time, both Emperor Palpatine and Orson Krennic are in play. Check under the cut for the blurb and full cover.
Thrawn meets Anakin in new Thrawn: Alliances excerpt
StarWars.com has a new excerpt from Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances, featuring the first meeting between Anakin Skywalker and Thrawn. The article also debuts artwork that will cover the San Diego Comic Con exclusive edition of the book.
SDCC is held July 19-22; the standard edition of the book will be out on July 24.
A previous excerpt featured Thrawn, Vader and the Emperor.
No, Tim Zahn is not under contract for two more Thrawn books
There was a bit of misinterpretation going on regarding something Timothy Zahn said at a con recently. Zahn himself sets the record straight: He has proposals, but not contracts, for two more Thrawn books… And he doesn’t know anything about Episode IX. It’s simply the nature of the franchise that movies will dictate the rest of the content. (And given that Thrawn went MIA in the Rebels finale, and there’s a brand new cartoon coming up… There are a lot of balls in the air even outside of the films that could have an impact on anything else regarding Thrawn.)
Zahn’s next Star Wars book, Thrawn: Alliances, will be out in July.
Thrawn: Alliances excerpt gets Palpatine, Vader and Thrawn in the same room
StarWars.com has the first excerpt from Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances, in which Thrawn and Darth Vader meet with the Emperor. It gives us some idea of the book’s time frame, and a mention of a new planet you may recognize.
Thrawn: Alliances will be out July 24 in hardcover and eBook.
Star Wars out this week: Thrawn #1
Coming to the comic shops on Wednesday, February 14 are three new comics and one collection. The debut this week is Thrawn #1, the first issue of an adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s 2017 novel by Jody Houser and Luke Ross. It’s joined by Darth Vader #11, Poe Dameron #24, and Star Wars Adventures Vol. 2.
Rebels returns on February 19
Star Wars Rebels will return on Monday, February 19 at 9:00 p.m. on Disney XD. The second part of the show’s fourth and final season will air in hour blocks, cumulating in a 90-minute conclusion on Monday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m.
Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances moves to July
Originally announced for a June 26, 2018 release, Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances has now been moved back to July 24, per Random House’s official catalog.
Rebels S4 poster, episode descriptions
StarWars.com and Disney XD have released the key art/poster for the upcoming fourth season of Star Wars Rebels, which debuts October 16. Meanwhile, XD has put up descriptions for the first 6 episodes. Check out both under the cut.
SWCO sets new Celebration attendance record
Another Celebration is in the books, and that means another attendance record. Celebration Orlando attendance was more than 70,000 people, StarWars.com says. That’s up from Anaheim’s 65K in 2015, and double our last Orlando outing in 2012. No wonder things got a bit… Messy. Attendees, look out for the surveys and be sure to fill them out.
We learned before the con that the next Celebration won’t be until 2019 – probably skipping the overseas outings that we had in 2014 and 2016. The leading speculation seems to be that we’ll be headed back to Anaheim, but since we didn’t get a location on Sunday we’ll be left hanging for a while longer. On the plus side, Pablo made a cannon canon.
In the meantime, here are a few other things we learned that I never got around to writing up, because cons are crazy.
→ Here’s a bit more from the Forces of Destiny panel.
→ Hasbro’s panel included looks at the new 6″ Thrawn and Jaina Solo figures, both of which will be available in the fall. Thrawn is also the SDCC exclusive, in a special box resembling his Rebels office. Also: The new Hallmark ornaments.
→ A few details on how the Star Wars lands will work. They’ll be “set” on a brand-new planet and be super interactive, which sounds like… Something. Something very new. Meanwhile, there’s a survey going around that seems to indicate that Disney is considering a Star Wars-themed resort hotel/experience in Florida that ties in with a lot of what they announced.
→ Doug Chiang talks Rogue One concepts and designs.
→ A bit of The Clone Wars and Rebels from Dave Filoni and Pablo. Filoni also told /Film that we won’t see the battle of Scariff on Rebels. (Though note that doesn’t count out other mediums.)
→ Meet the costume contest winners.