“The strongest stars have hearts of Kyber.” — Chirrut Imwe
There’s something to be said about this quote or dialogue spoken by the Guardian of the Whills, Chirrut Imwe. It’s amazing what one line can do and how it can trigger a plethora of thoughts; not much different from saying a picture is worth a thousand words. These words unleashed a multitude of emotions on me, and I can’t help myself from going back to it.
I have been co-hosting the Legends Library Podcast on the Coffee With Kenobi Network for two years now. The Legends timeline is completely immersive for me, but each time a new canon book is released it gives me the opportunity to swim to the surface, pop my head up and see what adventures our heroes both new and old are experiencing. This week I did just that, as I basically consumed the newest release from the Star Wars story group and Del Rey, Catalyst.
At the Star Wars Writer’s Roundtable at NYCC, Star Warsauthor Chuck Wendig said that a small group of people are capable of changing the entire galaxy.
This is true of our favorite heroes from a galaxy far, far away, but also of the select group of authors who are documenting the history of an expansive galaxy through their latest Star Wars novels. These authors’ work impacts a whole world ofStar Wars stories each time they pen the tales of fallen Jedi, harrowing battles, and intergalactic leaders.
Star Wars authors Timothy Zahn (Heir to the Empire, Thrawn), Chuck Wendig (Aftermath, Life Debt), Jim Luceno (Tarkin, Catalyst), E.K. Johnston (Ahsoka), Charles Soule (Lando, Obi-Wan & Anakin, Poe Dameron) and Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader) came together for aStar WarsWriters Roundtable to chat about a galaxy far, far away…
The 2016 Legends Library Card winner, Liisa Mountain joins Luke and Randy this month! Liisa has chosen Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader as her book to review. They have a great time discussing the metamorphosis of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader. This tragic tale is full of intense moments and entertaining action. Listen in on the discussion to hear how Vader adjusts to his new suit and Baby Leia has a close call as she almost comes face to face with her father.
Movies. Books. TV shows. Web shows. Comics. Podcasts. Blogs. There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan. However, watching, reading, and listening to all the content is quite difficult to do, especially if one has other interests (like work, family, school, other hobbies – crazy, I know!). I admittedly cannot keep up with it all. Here’s a quick look at some of the amazing offerings that we fans have available to us. Hopefully you don’t pop your top like poor R5-D4!
If you love to read all things Star Wars, but weren’t lucky enough to make it to New York Comic-Con this year, don’t fret — we have the full-length video of the Star Wars Writers Panel straight from NYCC! Featuring discussion between authors Timothy Zahn (Heir to the Empire, Thrawn), Chuck Wendig (Aftermath, Life Debt), James Luceno (Tarkin, Catalyst), E.K. Johnston (Ahsoka), Charles Soule (Lando, Obi-Wan & Anakin, Poe Dameron) and Kieron Gillen (Star Wars: Darth Vader), the panel is moderated by Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain and Star Wars books editor Jennifer Heddle.
5 Star Wars Novels That Had More Impact Than You Think — A Guest Blog by Cassie Phillips
After Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars, many fans hoped they would touch upon characters and plots from the Expanded Universe (EU). Disney, however, wanted to create an original story and script, something that would be difficult as the original EU covered a century after the events of The Return of the Jedi. Eventually, Disney placed all of these novels into a separate category—Legends—to make way for their own expanded universe. With that said, Disney isn’t completely turning away from Legends. In fact they’ve reintroduced some fan favorites like Thrawn back into the universe.
On my 46th birthday (July 16), I was reduced to my 10-year-old self. I laughed, jumped for joy, squeed more than a few times, and quite literally performed at least one happy dance. My eyes were a little brighter, and my steps a little lighter. All because of Star Wars.
And that’s a good thing…a VERY good thing!
When it comes to Star Wars, I’m a big kid at heart anyway, as I’m most (or all) of you reading this right now can relate. Overall, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan, but with all of the news that came out of Star Wars Celebration Europe (SWCE) over the last few days, my kid-o-meter has flown off the charts!
The Case for New Canon: Why It’s Just Better This Way
— A Guest Blog by Mike Harris
While we were all speeding along on our “Journey to The Force Awakens,” I found myself thinking back to the day everything changed — October 30th, 2012. A day that will be long remembered. After the dust settled, I (and I’m sure many like me) was left wondering what would happen with the current Expanded Universe. I’ve been invested in the EU since 1991 when I cracked open Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire for the first time, and have spent the following two decades growing up with my favorite characters, and meeting many new ones along the way. With new movies on the horizon, movies that would take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, what would happen to all the existing stories? Will they follow after them? Will they get rid of them? Will they use Waru?!
In hindsight, the decision they made was really the only conceivable option.
This October will see the publication of Star Wars: Rise of the Empire, an anthology that collects the previously released novels Tarkin (by James Luceno) and A New Dawn (by John Jackson Miller). In addition to those titles, the trade paperback will include three new short stories written specifically for this volume.
Today Del Rey revealed the titles, authors, and synopses of those three stories, and you’ll find those below: