Posts Tagged ‘Books’



New Star Wars Books and Comics Revealed at San Diego Comic-Con

Pablo Hidalgo | July 13, 2012

At San Diego Comic-Con, I got to host a pair of panels this Star Wars Day that looked ahead into some of the publishing projects for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013. They revealed, among other things, that the chronicles of Vader’s fatherhood will continue, a pop-up acklay is a real showstopper, the classic heroes return to comics in all new adventures with an old school feel, and the Big Three return to a landmark novel that could perhaps be called postapocalyptic (see what I did there?) …

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Star Wars: Essential Reader’s Companion Cover Reveal

| January 18, 2012

Random House shares the cover of Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion today, a new guide written by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo coming to bookstores later this year! The cover artwork was designed by Scott Biel and painted by Paul Youll (can you spot the various Star Wars books in the illustration?). Here’s the description from Random House:

Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion is the first Essential Guide devoted entirely to published Star Wars fiction, from the original movie novelization, to young reader’s books, short stories, eBook novellas, and the most recent adult novels. This book will cover all the fiction that has built the Star Wars Expanded Universe over the last thirty-five years. Written by Pablo Hidalgo and featuring more than one hundred color illustrations by popular Star Wars artists Chris Trevas and Jeff Carlisle, this book will be an invaluable source for Star Wars readers and fans.

Look for it on bookstore shelves August 21, 2012. Read more here!

Lost Tribe of the Sith Cover Reveals

StarWars.com Team | January 12, 2012

Today Random House reveals two covers from its Lost Tribe of the Sith series: Secrets, which is the eighth and final episode in the epic Lost Tribe of Sith free eBook series, and Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories, which will come out in paperback on July 31. Here are the synopses from the publisher:

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Secrets by John Jackson Miller

In Sith teachings, nothing is more important than the individual: the glorious center of the universe, around which all other lives pale in importance. But the planetary home of the Lost Tribe of the Sith is not the center of the universe, but a backwater — and the tribe’s legendary founders were little more than slaves themselves!

When the Lost Tribe suddenly rediscovers its forgotten origins, frustration and anger threaten to finish the society once and for all. But the past holds more secrets still — knowledge that, in the right hands, could place the evil rulers of Kesh on a path toward a greater destiny in the stars…

The free eBook will be available in all eFormats on March 5, 2012 and will feature an excerpt from Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse, the final installment in the epic Fate of the Jedi series.

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories by John Jackson Miller

At last, collected in one volume and available in print for the first time, the eight original installments of the epic Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series… along with the explosive, never-before-published finale, Pandemonium—more than one hundred pages of new material!

Five thousand years ago. After a Jedi ambush, the Sith mining ship Omen lies wrecked on a remote, unknown planet. Its commander, Yaru Korsin, battles the bloodshed of a mutinous faction led by his own brother. Marooned and facing death, the Sith crew have no choice but to venture into their desolate surroundings. They face any number of brutal challenges—vicious predators, lethal plagues, tribal people who worship vengeful gods—and like true Sith warriors, counter them with the dark side of the Force.

The struggles are just beginning for the proud, uncompromising Sith, driven as they are to rule at all costs. They will vanquish the primitive natives, and they will find their way back to their true destiny as rulers of the galaxy. But as their legacy grows over thousands of years, the Sith ultimately find themselves tested by the most dangerous threat of all: the enemy within.

As the description mentions, this paperback edition will feature an all new novella length story also written by John Jackson Miller and will be available on July 31, 2012. More info here!

Darth Plagueis Exclusive Excerpt

StarWars.com Team | January 9, 2012

In anticipation of tomorrow’s (January 10) release of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno, we are posting this exclusive excerpt of an exchange between Dooku (still a Jedi Knight) and Palpatine. The scene resonates as a prelude to Episode II and The Clone Wars


Behind each of the Rotunda’s hover platform docking stations extended wedge-shaped office complexes more than half a kilometer in length, where Senators met with one another, entertained guests, and, on rare occasions, carried out the work they had been elected or appointed to perform. Some of the offices were sealed environments, in which the atmospheres of member worlds were replicated; others, especially those belonging to hive species, were staffed by hundreds of beings who performed their duties in cubicles that resembled nectarcomb cells. By comparison, Naboo’s was rather prosaic in design and adornment, and yet unrivaled in terms of the number of high-profile visitors it received.

“I’m giving thought to leaving the Order,” Master Dooku told Palpatine in the windowless room that was the Senator’s private study. “I can no longer abide the decisions of the Council, and I have to be free to speak my mind about the wretched state of the Republic.”

Palpatine didn’t reply, but thought: Finally.
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Star Wars: Mercy Kill Cover Reveal

StarWars.com Team | December 7, 2011

Del Rey has revealed the cover to Aaron Allston’s new novel due out in hardback on August 7, 2012! Cover art is by Mike Bryan.

Here’s a description from the publisher:

Outcasts and misfits, spies and warriors, pilots and troublemakers — they’re Wraith Squadron. Founded decades ago by ace pilot Wedge Antilles, this elite intelligence unit, disbanded at the end of a catastrophic civil war, is reunited by former leader Face Loran to find out whether one of the galaxy’s most powerful military officers is a traitor… and whether anyone can stop him if he is. To succeed in their mission, the Wraiths must become thieves, pirates, imposters, forgers, and liars, staying just one step ahead of their enemies and the law!

Get more info at RandomHouse.com.

Plagueis and Apocalypse Back Cover Reveals

StarWars.com Team | October 17, 2011

Visitors to the New York Comic Con last weekend got a sneak peek at two upcoming novel back covers slated for release early next year — Darth Plagueis and Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse. Now back covers may not get the kind of attention front covers do, but when a novel about one of the most powerful Sith Lords ever — Darth Plagueis — gives Darth Maul a stunning shout-out on the back cover by artist Torstein Nordstrand, it gets our attention.
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Star Wars: Choices of One Paperback Cover Reveal

StarWars.com Team | October 14, 2011

Coming June 26, 2012, fans of renowned Star Wars author Timothy Zahn will get the paperback version of Star Wars: Choices of One, the new book set in the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and featuring the young Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and the beloved Mara Jade.

Already available in hardcover and ebook formats, the paperback will sport an all-new cover featuring Mara Jade front-and-center.

Here’s a synopsis:

The fate of the Rebellion rests on Luke Skywalker’s next move.
But have the rebels entered a safe harbor or a death trap?

Eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when Governor Ferrouz of Candoras Sector proposes an alliance, offering the Rebels sanctuary in return for protection against the alien warlord Nuso Esva, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are sent to evaluate the deal.

Mara Jade, the Emperor’s Hand, is also heading for Candoras, along with the five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Their mission: to punish Ferrouz’s treason and smash the Rebels for good.

Click here for more information on the hardback and ebook versions (currently available).

Delve into the Dark Side with Book of Sith

StarWars.com Team | October 13, 2011

Tired of lurking in the shadows of the Jedi, waiting for a chance to seize control? At long last, the secrets of the dark side are being revealed. Whether you are a master or an apprentice, you will soon be able to fulfill your destiny with Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side, a collection of Sith texts written throughout galactic history and gathered in one epic volume.
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The Complete Vader Author Interviews

StarWars.com Team | October 6, 2011

Star Wars: The Complete Vader – a 192-page tome that explores the history, costume, merchandise and cultural impact of cinema’s most iconic villain — finally hits the street October 18th, and we’ve got the low-down on this all-things-Vader tribute directly from authors Ryder Windham and Pete Vilmur (click here for a preview of several spreads from The Complete Vader).

Who conceived The Complete Vader, and when did you begin working on it?

Ryder Windham: Kjersti Egerdahl, an associate editor at becker&mayer!, first contacted me about the project in the fall of 2007. I eventually learned that the idea for a big non-fiction book about Darth Vader came from J. W. Rinzler at Lucasfilm, who conceived it as a natural follow-up to becker&mayer!’s previous project, The Star Wars Vault by Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur. After talking with Kjersti, I realized how much I wanted a Darth Vader “coffee-table book” of my own, so the opportunity to write the book was quite a thrill. Because I’m not an expert on Star Wars merchandise, I knew the book needed a co-author. I was both glad and relieved when I found out Pete Vilmur had signed on.

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Star Wars: Scourge Coming in April

StarWars.com Team | September 27, 2011

Coming April 24, 2012 is Star Wars: Scourge by Jeff Grubb, which will be available in paperback and ebook formats. We’ve posted a sneak peek of the cover above.

Here’s the synopsis from the publisher:

In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.

While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secretive, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control.

Read more at Random House