Update on ‘Annihilation’

May 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars: The Old Republic | 1 Comment
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drewkarpyshynStar Wars author Drew Karpyshyn posted an update yesterday that included some new info on his upcoming novel The Old Republic: Annihilation.

It’s a stand alone story – it has no connection to Revan, and it doesn’t tie in directly with any of the storylines from the SWTOR video game, though it is set in that era. It actually takes place just after the events of the game, and the novel will reflect the Empire and the Republic as they stand at the end of the game’s storylines. (I won’t say anymore to avoid spoiling people who play the game but aren’t finished.)

The game features Theron Shan, a character who first appeared in the Lost Suns Dark Horse graphic novels, written by Alex Freed – my former co-worker at BioWare and the lead writer for SWTOR.

Annihilation is a little different than my other Star Wars books. The Bane trilogy focused on Darth Bane, one of the most powerful Sith Lords who ever lived. Revan obviously focused on Revan, another incredibly powerful Force user. Annihilation is different, because the main character is not a Jedi or Sith. Theron Shan, despite being a descendant of Revan and Bastila, isn’t Force sensitive. That makes for a very different type of novel, and a very different type of main character.

That doesn’t make Theron any less interesting, of course. My personal favorite character in the original trilogy is Han Solo, and I think he’s a good example of how you can be a hero and change the galaxy even if you can’t call on the Force at will.

That’s not to say Theron is an “ordinary” guy: he’s a highly trained field agent working for Republic Strategic Information Services. He has a number of cybernetic implants, along with a host of customized weapons and gadgets, and he’s supplemented his SIS training with his own ecclectic and esoteric studies. Sort of like Batman. Or Jason Bourne. Or James Bond. But in Star Wars.

So let’s call Annihiliaton an action-spy-thriller-sci-fi-epic set in the Star Wars universe. If that doesn’t make you want to buy it, nothing will.

The Old Republic: Annihilation is slated for release on November 13, 2012 in hardcover.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Update for ‘Death Warmed Over’

May 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Kevin J. Anderson’s upcoming novel Death Warmed Over is now available for pre-order on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The release date for the novel was previously announced as September (September 1st on B&N), however Amazon is showing an August 28th release.

UPDATE: Kevin posted on Facebook that he has plotted a new standalone Dan Shamble story “Much At Stake at the Vampire Circus.” He’s planning on releasing it as a teaser for Death Warmed Over.

“I plotted a brand new standalone Dan Shamble story while I was out—MUCH AT STAKE AT THE VAMPIRE CIRCUS. We’ll post it as a teaser before DEATH WARMED OVER is released.” -Kevin J. Anderson via Facebook

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Dawn of the Jedi – Force Storm #4’

May 16, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm #4 hits shelves today.

For millennia, the Je’daii Masters have protected the planet Tython and maintained a balance within the Force. But now a stranger from another world has come, destroying the balance and engulfing the world in a Force storm that threatens every inhabitant! The ancient Je’daii Order stands on the brink of a powerful discovery. But will this knowledge bring wisdom . . . or peril? Three young Je’daii students may hold the fate of the world in their hands!

Click here for a three page preview.

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller/Cover Artist: Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist: Wes Dzioba

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Databurst From the 501st

May 16, 2012 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Databurst From the 501st, Events | Leave a comment
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Latest Databurst From the 501st covering event news from May 16-22. Be sure to mark your calendars and show support for your local garrisons.

May 17

  • German Garrison will be in Dusseldorf for FedCon XXI from May 17-20.
  • Nordic Garrison will be in Trondheim, Norway for the National Day Parade.
  • Redback Garrison will be in Benowa, QLD for the AusCERT Gala Dinner.

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Review- Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi #4

May 16, 2012 at 12:00 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Reviews | Leave a comment

Things are really starting to heat up for the heroes from 25,000 years ago as Dawn of the Jedi hits its fourth issue.  After the break you can read what my wife and I thought of the newest issue from John and Jan!


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