Darth Plagueis Mini-Excerpt #7

December 30, 2011 at 11:28 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted a new excerpt from James Luceno’s Darth Plagueis. Just 12 more days till release!

No Sith have ever been in the position in which we now find ourselves, Darth Sidious: in step with the reemergence of the dark side, fortified by the signs and omens, certain that revenge and victory are near at hand…Yoda and the rest of the Council members will double their meditation sessions in an effort to peer into the future, only to discover it clouded and unknowable. Only to discover that complacency has opened the door to catastrophe.

You can check out all the previous excerpts here: mini-excerpt #1, #2, #3, #4, and chapter 1, #5, #6, bonus excerpt, and the audio excerpt.

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Happy Birthday, James Kahn

December 30, 2011 at 11:13 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

KHAN! Oh, wait, not that Khan…James Kahn, the author of the novelization of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Today we wish James a very happy birthday. Although he may only have written one book for the Star Wars franchise, he was one of the first.

Born in Chicago, IL, James Kahn attended the University of Chicago and studied in emergency medicine. He completed his studies at UCLA, while also continuing his hobby as a writer. While working at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, CA he wrote a series of sci-fi and medical thrillers. He later became a friend to Judy Lynn Del Rey, the wife of Lester Del Rey, the man behind Del Rey Books.

His experience in the ER and his science-fiction career brought into a rare opportunity to work in the film E.T. He helped write the medical dialog in the film and was in the scene where the doctors are trying to bring E.T. back to life. He showed Steven Speilberg his books World Enough and Time; Time’s Dark Laughter which got him a deal to do the novelization for Poltergeist.

From there he did several more novelizations for film such as Return of the Jedi, The Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Poltergeist II. Later he branched off into writing for television with shows like St. Elsewhere and E/R. He stuck with TV and wrote for a lot of various shows, from Xena to Star Trek. However, in recent years he has turned to writing music.

Regardless, we wish him a happy birthday and thank him for his contribution to Star Wars.

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Book Review: The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett

December 29, 2011 at 10:28 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi | 1 Comment
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Christmas is over and many of you may have made out with some good loot. For those with gift cards and a desire for a good book, or better yet, a good series, I’d like to direct your attention to Peter V. Brett’s The Demon Cycle. Specifically book number two, The Desert Spear. With a few mild spoilers, my review may help readers decided if making the jump into the series is the right one, so feel free to take a gander. Click here to read the review.

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Killik ancestor or Geonosian missing link?

December 29, 2011 at 10:09 am | Posted in Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment

Deep in the jungles of a tiny island off the coast of New Zealand lies a strange creature the likes of which few individuals have ever seen.

What you are about to see is real.

The photo has not been photoshopped.

There is no trick photography.

Baby Killiks do exist. Continue Reading Killik ancestor or Geonosian missing link?…

New Release: Crimson Empire III – Empire Lost #3

December 28, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #3 hits stores today.

Kir Kanos strikes back at the Empire! Kidnapped and dragooned into a hard-liner Imperial plot, Kir Kanos, the last surviving member of Emperor Palpatine’s royal guard, has had enough! He goes to war with one Imperial faction, even as Leia Organa Solo receives an invitation to meet with emissaries from another.

Click here for a four page preview.

Writer: Mike Richardson
Artist: Paul Gulacy
Colorist: Michael Bartolo
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman

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Databurst From the 501st

December 28, 2011 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Latest Databurst From the 501st covering event news from December 28 to January 3rd. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and show your support.

December 28th

  • Nordic Garrison will be in Stavanger, Norway for the Stavanger hospital visit.

December 29th

December 30th

  • Canadian Garrison will be in Markham, Ontario for Futurecon 2.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Georgetown, IL for a very lucky fan’s birthday party.

December 31st

January 1st

Next Databurst…January 4th.

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New Release: Darth Maul – Shadow Hunter

December 27, 2011 at 7:28 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today the re-release of Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves hits stores. The new edition includes the original short story “Saboteur” as well as a new short story “Restraint” by James Luceno, plus the new cover design.

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Knight Errant: Deluge #5 Cover Art

December 26, 2011 at 9:58 am | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Knight Errant cover artist Joe Quinones posted some fun shots on his blog of the final cover in Knight Errant‘s Deluge arc. He included the final inked image before coloring, his photo reference, some different takes on Kerra Holt, and three optional designs he made for the cover. You can check them all out here.

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Omnivoracious Interview with Troy Denning

December 26, 2011 at 9:36 am | Posted in Books, Interview | Leave a comment

Omnivoracious posted an interview today with Star Wars author Troy Denning discussing the topic of climaxes. Troy talks about the goal of a climax, placement, different types, and even uses the film The Princess Bride for some examples. If you’re a writer, or just want to get a glimpse into Denning’s methods and style, the interview is worth checking out. You can read it here.

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Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse Book Tour

December 26, 2011 at 9:07 am | Posted in Events, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Troy Denning announced a few dates on his Facebook page for his upcoming book tour for Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse. So far there are two dates…

  • Roseville, MN on March 13, 2012
  • Carmel, IN on March 14, 2012

We’ll keep you updates as more dates and locations are announced. Remember, FOTJ: Apocalypse will now be coming out on March 13, 2012.

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