Star Wars: Expanded Universe

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Oh hai: Your EU news for the last, umm, *mumble*
duncatra wrote in starwars_eu
So I am like the worst mod ever, guys. At least, when it comes to posting here. I saw calico_reaction's post here this morning and was like... Huh. Yeah. I run that comm, don't I? I'm afraid I haven't been so great at keeping you guys up.

I'm sure you've all heard about Disney buying Lucasfilm and making Episode VII by now - I don't know how one couldn't, if they've been on the internet for the past month at all. Here's everything we officially know - it's not much - but there are a ton of rumors which mostly, at this point, involve possible directors.

There has been nothing official said on how or if the Expanded Universe will figure into the movies, but if you've been paying attention to what's been going on with The Clone Wars it's not hard to guess. I've addressed the issue in a pair of posts on CJ: Unlearn what you have learned: Will the Expanded Universe survive new Star Wars movies? Should it? and Reflections on Episode VII, blogging and the future of the Expanded Universe.

As for the books... We've got Timothy Zahn's Scoundrels coming up on January 1st, with an ebook short story due out next week.

Our first big announcement this summer was Troy Denning's Crucible at SDCC. It's a standalone hardcover featuring just the Big 3 and it's due out in July.

The Jaina-centric Sword of the Jedi trilogy by Christie Golden was announced at Celebration VI in August, along with a set of original trilogy-era character-centric books called Rebels. They'll be written by Martha Wells (Leia,) Kevin Hearns (Luke,) and, as we heard later at NYCC, James S.A. Corey (Han.) No release dates on these yet.

Also announced at NYCC was Kenobi by John Jackson Miller, which is set somewhere between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It's due out in the fall.

I think that's all the major stuff... I am still posting regularly at cj_rss and have started a Tumblr as well.

So, question: Should I revive weekly posts on what's up? There hasn't been a whole lot of EU news lately, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, Disney/EpVII and the holidays. Or should I only stick to the major stuff like new book announcements, anything official regarding the EU and EpVII, novel release dates and the like? Is there any interest, or has everyone abandoned LJ for greener pastures?

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I just discovered Club Jade! Cool to know you run that place too.

I say, do whatever makes it easiest on you. I'm new here, and I'd love to hear various EU news myself, but I know how difficult it can be to maintain multiple blogs, so definitely do what's best for you. :)

Thanks. :)

Yeah, a lot of things kind of fell by the wayside.. Life happens, etc. And I'm not even sure how many people are still active here.

Life definitely happens. Believe it or not, I actually created this community back in the day, under the moniker devilwrites, and life happened, I found other things begging for my time, so I passed along the comm. To you? To someone else? I don't remember. :) I was just glad to see it's still kicking, even if it's just kicking a little. ;)

I hope it's able to continue!

Ha! Alas, I don't recall who I got it from, or how long it was here before that.

I don't blame you. :) I don't even remember when I passed it over. I do remember that whomever I passed it on to did a great job with the new community icons (one of mine is still left, the crappy font on the Luke/Mara one) and the layout for the comm. :)

The icons are mine... The layout was, too, though I just changed it in hope of getting the 'post comment' button to work without having to ?style=mine the URL... Of course the blasted thing didn't work. I'll probably whip up a new icon in the next few days.

So maybe I did get it from you. ;)

I don't post often, but I do read LJ regularly. Weekly posts sound good to me! I'm so out of touch with the EU lately. I didn't like the NJO books, so I stopped reading all together. Now I take a peek and find hundreds of new books out since the last time I read SW EU stuff regularly. I'm glad there's new stuff coming out that's not necessarily in the NJO series, so I'll be taking a look. Thanks for the info!

Yeah, the NJO was rough. I don't blame anyone for quitting in the midst of that.

There are a ton of books but a lot of them, particularly recently, are what I consider sideline stuff - all-new or background characters and the like. Almost all the post-NJO stuff has been contained to a trilogy (Dark Nest) and a pair of 9-book series (Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi.) They are, I won't lie, wildly inconsistent.

But yeah, a lot of the upcoming stuff, like Scoundrels and the Rebels series and Kenobi are all things you don't need to know a lot of EU to get into.

Actually, one of the best books in the last few years - I think it came out in '09 - is Matt Stover's Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. It's a great standalone that's almost a love letter to the Bantam era's goofiness - it takes place before HttE, when Luke is still a general, and it's just fabulous.

A lot of people really liked Luceno's Darth Plagueis, which just came out in paperback... It's another one you don't need much besides the movies to get into, though it does draw on some of the PT EU. I wasn't really impressed with it, but if you're interested in Palpatine and the Sith at all it's probably a good bet.

And there's a new X-Wing novel, too! Aaron Allston's Mercy Kill. It is set right after Fate of the Jedi and I'm not sure how much it draws on that, but one of Wedge's daughters is a main character and a lot of the old Rogues and Wraiths show up.

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