New Excerpt Chock-Full of Spoilers

January 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Random House has a new excerpt for The Last Jedi which you can see here via their book preview app. Fair warning though, the preview skips around to various chapters and reveals major spoilers for the book. If you don’t want to ruin the surprise, you’ll be safer to avoid the preview.

The Last Jedi, written by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, will be out on February 26, 2013 in paperback and digital formats.

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Official Release Date for ‘Children of Fire’

January 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Books, Fantasy | Leave a comment
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Author Drew Karpyshyn has revealed the official release date for his upcoming original fantasy novel Children of Fire. The book will be out in the US on September 10, 2013 and in the UK on September 5, 2013.

The Scorched Earth, book two in the series, is still set for a 2014 release date. The third novel, Chaos Unleashed, has a possible 2015 release.

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Kemp on the Realms and Star Wars

January 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Interview, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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SF Signal posted a nice interview with author Paul S. Kemp covering Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, and Egil and Nix. Paul had some interesting comments about how his novels have affected each other.

“In terms of Cale and Jaden: *Learned* is probably too strong a word, but my experience writing each has influenced later novels of the other. I wrote the Cale stories before writing Jaden’s duology, so I brought some of the dark and gritty tone of the Cale stories into Jaden’s story in Crosscurrent and Riptide. On the flip side, writing the relationships with Jaden and Khedryn and Marr (the two spacers who accompany him) reminded me that leavening in some humor gives the reader a needed break from a book with an otherwise darker tone. That influenced me as I wrote The Godborn, the next novel in the Cale Chronicles.” -Paul S. Kemp

You can read the full interview here.

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I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa

January 26, 2013 at 11:01 am | Posted in Art, Entertainment, Events | Leave a comment

Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams will be in Des Moines, IA today for I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa, an event that highlights African-American arts, culture, and contributions. You can find all the details here on their official site.

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Ryder Windham Signing and Panel

January 26, 2013 at 10:55 am | Posted in Books, Events, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

DK Books and Star Wars author Ryder Windham will be in Seattle, WA today and tomorrow for the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Ryder will be signing books and taking part of a presentation on Star Wars Reads. You can check out the details here.

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It’s Official: J.J. Abrams will Direct Star Wars Episode VII

January 26, 2013 at 7:55 am | Posted in Entertainment, Episode VII, Lucasfilm, Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.” -Kathleen Kennedy

“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.” -George Lucas

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.” -J.J. Abrams

Of course we also know Michael Arndt will be writing the screenplay, Kathleen Kennedy will be executive producer, and George Lucas will be a creative consultant. also mentioned that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg will be “consulting on the project.” Kasdan was a screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. (Note it was previously rumored that Kasdan and Kinberg would be writers for Episodes VIII and IX)

No word yet on whether J.J. Abrams will only be doing Episode VII or whether he’ll be doing all three.

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Chewbacchus Parade

January 26, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Peter Mayhew and his wife Angie will be in the 3rd Annual Chewbacchus Parade today in New Orleans. The parade kicks off at 8 PM. Click here for all the details.

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