Welcome to the second of 12 articles revealing — for the first time ever — material cut from The Essential Guide to Warfare before its April 2012 publication. Each section will be preceded by brief comments from Jason Fry and Del Rey editor Erich Schoeneweiss discussing why the material wound up on the cutting-room floor.
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About a year ago, Random House came to us with the idea of creating enhanced eBooks out of the three Making of books I’d written on the original trilogy. Odd as it may seem, a year is not a long time. When possible I made busy forays in the film archives on Skywalker Ranch, where archivist Monica Chin-Perez was invaluable in helping to dig up old reels of 16mm behind-the-scenes footage and 35mm dailies (actual scenes filmed on set by one of the main cameras and subsequently chosen to be “printed”/developed). We had the selected film digitized at Spy Post and then went through another selection period, during which I showed what I found to marketing and PR, and to experts Pablo Hidalgo and Leland Chee, for their feedback. We pretty much all agreed on what was the most interesting material.
On September 3, Malala Yousafzai opened a library in Birmingham, England. To the crowd she said, “Some books travel with you back centuries, others take you into the future. Some take you to the core of your heart and others take you into the universe…I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through educating not only our minds, but our hearts and our souls.” Her dream of an education almost cost the young woman her life. Yet she fights backs with books and words, encouraging others to pick up a book as a step toward independence.
PART 1: BEFORE THE REPUBLIC
This article kicks off a 12-part series revealing — for the first time ever — material cut from Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare before its April 2012 publication. Each section will be preceded by brief comments from Jason Fry and Del Rey editor Erich Schoeneweiss discussing why the material wound up on the cutting-room floor.
The mere mention of its name conjures images of luxury. Lights. Excess. And sin.
And money. Money by the starshipful.
In a galaxy spanning millions of systems, where corruption and dark ambitions run rampant, the depravities one might wish to sample are as limitless as space itself. From spice addiction and forbidden knowledge to indulgences of the flesh of any number of species — if there’s a demand for something, then someone, somewhere, can supply it.
Among such varied vices, one constant throughout the galaxy is the love of gambling. Whether at Nar Shaddaa’s sabacc tables, Umgul’s blobstacle course, Coruscant’s garbage pit races or Vorzyd V’s Cosmic Chance boards, there is no end to the number of credits one can win — or lose — pursuing instant wealth. But of all the popular gambling havens, few have attained the notoriety of the Wheel. Its reputation for debauchery unparalleled, its gladiatorial arenas the stuff of legend, the Wheel is known far and wide as the place to go for those looking to risk it all….
Today marks the release of the new novel Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion — Razor’s Edge, which headlines Princess Leia in a story set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Like last month’s Star Wars: Kenobi, the stakes are more personal for the main characters, and Razor’s Edge takes a deep dive into the motivations that drive the Rebel leader. In an interview at Hollywood.com, author Martha Wells talked about her approach to the character: “I think the key is not just seeing Leia as a stereotypical strong woman character, but as someone who is young but is a leader, who has taken on huge responsibilities, but also as someone who has an epic temper and can be sarcastic, and can make mistakes. She’s not a perfect princess, she’s a person with flaws and vulnerabilities who manages to do what she needs to do anyway, and I think those things were conveyed in Carrie Fisher’s performance.”
It’s been gratifying to see Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller succeed on a critical and commercial level, especially since this book is a perfect example of how it sometimes takes a village to deliver a successful Expanded Universe novel. I thought I’d give you a little peek into how Kenobi arrived at its final form.
There’s an old crime lord saying that goes, “For every bounty hunter that can do the job, there are a thousand more who think they can.” The names Boba Fett, Cad Bane, and Aurra Sing fill the galaxy with dread and menace, but what of the washouts who failed to live up to the glory of their more deadly peers? These are the stories of seven bounty hunters who strove for greatness in the annals of galactic history, but came up short, falling prey to their own targets or wasting away in bitter obscurity. Just in time for the upcoming The Bounty Hunter Code. You know of the greatest bounty hunters in the galaxy…now it’s time to hear about “The Not-So Magnificent Seven!”
When I first developed the story that became Star Wars: Kenobi, my new novel releasing from Random House in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook on August 27, I knew what I wanted. Instead of a star-spanning space opera, I intended something much more akin to a western, telling the story of recent arrival to Tatooine Obi-Wan Kenobi and how the locals — settlers and Sand People — reacted to him.
Set in the days following Star Wars: Episode III, the story does all that, while depicting the urgency of Kenobi’s mission to go underground and his pain over the events that have befallen the galaxy. It also depicts how his presence affects the world around him, as it certainly must. A body in motion tends to remain in motion, and Obi-Wan cannot resist the drive to help people in need. Even here, at the farthest place from the bright center of the galaxy!