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November 2008

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during November 2008:
Book News: Complete Encyclopaedia snipits:
Posted: 29th November (UPDATED 3rd December)
Daniel Wallace, co-author of The Complete Star Wars Encyclopaedia,  has posted a blog entry that offers some interesting tid-bits about this forthcoming work.
Already known was that it will be a three-volume, 1,200 page masterpiece, but according to Daniel it will weigh an impressive 10.8 lbs (about 5 kg) and will contain a mind-blowing 3.8 million words!
The Complete Star Wars Encyclopaedia will be published in the US on 9th December and in the UK on 19th December.
You can read Daniel's blog here.
(Source: via ClubJade.net)

UPDATE: StarWars.com have released some teaser information about The Complete Star Wars Encyclopaedia including images of pages from the encyclopaedia. Full details at StarWars.com.


Book News: Rebel Force now available in US:
Posted: 27th November
The first two titles in Scholatic Books' new youth series Rebel Force by Alex Wheeler are now available from Amazon.com (approximately 1 month ahead of their expected release). Target and Hostage are new stories featuring the heroes of the Rebellion: Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the two droids; and are set shortly after the Battle of Yavin.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com)


Media News: SWBooks interviews Karen Miller:
Posted: 25th November
Next month the second novel in The Clone Wars series, Wild Space, will be published. Although written by Star Wars newcomer Karen Miller, Karen is herself an established author with two Stargate tie-in books and eight original novels published. Her first novel, The Innocent Mage, was a finalist in Australia's Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Speculative Fiction (Fantasy Division), while two other of Karen's books, Empress (of Mijak) and The Riven Kingdom, were selected for The Tiptree Award Honor List, the annual gender-exploring science fiction literary prize.
SWBooks are pleased that Karen took time to talk to us... more


Book News: Personalize your copy of Millennium Falcon:
Posted: 25th November
As reported on StarWars.com, SharedBook Inc. are offering a personalized version of James Luceno's latest novel Millennium Falcon. It can be personalized with photo and text on the dedication page, creating a one-of-a-kind, personal edition.
Full details at StarWars.com.


Media News: TUCWS interviews Wild Space's Karen Miller:
Posted: 21st November
The Unofficial Clone Wars Site (theclonewarz.net) have an interview with Karen Miller, author of the forthcoming The Clone Wars: Wild Space novel.
You can read the interview here.
(Source: thecloneswarz.net)

Comic News: Second volume of Vector Graphic Novel to be released in June:
Posted: 20th November
Vector: Volume 2 graphic novel has appeared on Amazon.ca with a slated US release date of June 15th 2009. Volume 2 will collate the concluding parts of the Vector storyline, parts 7 thru 12.
(source: Amazon.ca)

Book News: New synopsis blurb for Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor:
Posted: 19th November
NJOE.com have posted a synopsis blurb for the forth- coming Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by the Science-Fiction Book Club: "The classic Star Wars heroes return in an explosive new stand-alone adventure that reveals the never-before-told story behind the Battle of Mindor, one of the fiercest conflicts of the Galactic Civil War. In Star Wars: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, a whirlwind struggle, Machiavellian plotting, deadly stormtroopers and the power of the Force collide as young Luke Skywalker realizes the path his life must take: to revive the Jedi Order to protect the galaxy from evil.
Victory has been achieved—the Galactic Empire, along with the evil Emperor Palpatine and the Dark Lord, Darth Vader, is dead. But with barely a hundred Jedi Masters surviving to defend the fledgling New Republic, ruthless remnants of the old Empire are free to hack away at the galaxy’s newfound peace and security—and the most dangerous of these are the Sith warlord Shadowspawn and his army of Black Stormtroopers.
When Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3P0, R2-D2, Lando Calrissian and the pilots of Rogue Squadron are lured to Mindor to face this cunning new enemy, they don’t realize that the entire battle is a trap: a diabolical attempt to crush the upstarts and restore the Empire…with Shadowspawn at the helm.
"
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor is due for release on 30th December (US), in the New Year (UK).
(Source: via NJOE.com)


Comic News: The Clone Wars Quarterly #3 discovered:
Posted: 17th November
The third title in Dark Horse Comics The Clone Wars Quarterly digest-sized graphic novel series has been discovered on Amazon Canada: The Wind Raiders Of Taloraan will be written by John Ostrander (Legacy, Twilight, Darkness) with art by Wayne Lo and is due for US release on June 15th 2009.
(Source:Amazon Canada via StarWarsTimeline.com)

Comic News: Star Wars Adventures #2 discovered:
Posted: 16th November
Not soon after the official confirmation from Dark Horse Comics of the first volume in their new series, Star Wars  Adventures (see our  news story from 7th November), than the second volume has been discovered on Amazon Canada. Princess Leia And The Royal Ransom Of Cataalda tells a new story as Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewie are race to deliver vital information to the Rebel Alliance. But Han allows himself to be distracted with the idea of earning some fast credits...read more
According to Amazon Canada, Princess Leia And The Royal Ransom Of Cataalda is slated for US release on August 15th 2009.
(Source: Amazon Canada via StarWarsTimeline.com)

Gaming News: The Force Unleashed downloadable content now available:
Posted: 14th November
Now available on XBox Live Marketplace for XBox 360 and the Playstation Network for Playstation 3 is the first downloadable content (DLC) for The Force Unleashed. The Character Pack DLC features Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Imperial Commando, Darth Sion, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Kit Fisto as well as three new Secret Apprentice costumes including Hooded Combat Gear, General Starkiller and Sith Assassin. The Character Pack DLC currently costs 400MSP on XBox Live Marketplace and USD4.99 on the Playstation Network.
(Source: EUCantina.net)


Book News: The Essential Atlas slips again, to July:
Posted: 13th November
Random House Inc have updated their listing for Jason Fry's and Daniel Wallace's anticipated The Essential Atlas giving a new US release date of 21st July 2009. This is a massive five month slip from the most recent expected date of 24th February, but this slip is not new for this title as it has previously slipped from June this year to September to February 2009. Here's hoping we will see it released eventually.
(Source: RandomHouse.com)


Book News: Yet more The Clone Wars TV series tie-in books from Grosset & Dunlap for next year:
Posted: 11th November
Amazon.com have listed another three The Clone Wars books from children's publisher Grosset & Dunlap: Jar Jar's Big Day by Rob Valois (paperback, 32 pages); R2-D2 Adventure by Kirsten Mayer (paperback, 32 pages), both slated for US release on 5th March 2009; and The Dark Side by Rob Valois (paperback activity book, 32 pages) on 23rd July 2009.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com)

Media News: The Clone Wars DVD released today in US:
Posted: 11th November
US fans can pick up The Clone Wars movie on DVD from today. Available in single-disc DVD, double-disc DVD and Blu-Ray high definition, look out for retailer exclusive packaging from and including Target and Best Buy.


Book News: Millennium Falcon will not land in UK:
Posted: 10th November
For those UK readers awaiting news of a UK release of James Luceno's Millennium Falcon novel, we are sorry to report that it will not be available in hardback in the UK. The UK should still get the paperback re-issue next year, in the meantime the US edition is available from Amazon.co.uk.


Book News: Wild Space in hardback for UK:
Posted: 10th November
It has been confirmed by Random House UK that The Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller, the first TV series tie-in novel, will be published in the UK on the 18th December in hardback.


Book News: The Old Republic novel confirmed?:
Posted: 9th November
Following our report of 24th October (The Old Republic novel coming soon?), it appears that Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' executive editor,  has confirmed that there will indeed be a Star Wars: The Old Republic tie-in novel. When asked on StarWars.com Boards "Will you guys consider doing something with Del Rey/Dark Horse so that us unfortunate souls that don't play MMO's don't miss out on the epic story?", Sue replied: "Yes, this is part of the plan. A novel will come out sometime around the game release time and that's all that's been determined so far. I'll let you know as things develop".
Although there is no definite release date for Star Wars: The Old Republic, we can expect both game and novel probably early 2009.
(Source: StarWars.com Boards)


Media News: James Luceno interviewed at EUCantina.net:
Posted: 9th November
Affiliate EUCantina.net have posted their interview with Millennium Falcon author James Luceno: James Luceno has seen it all: From the first moments of
Vader's life to the defeat of the Vong, Luceno was there to show it all to many, many readers. James is author of many Star Wars novels including Dark Lord: Rise of Darth Vader, The New Jedi Order: Unifying Force, the recent Millennium Falcon and many more.
You can read EUCantina's interview with James here.


Comic News: Comics for February and April 2009:
Posted: 7th November
StarWars.com has just posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for their February and April 2009 releases. In  February we  can expect  chapter  4 of The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic; part 38 of Knights of the Old Republic, a new story Faithful Execution; and part 33 of Legacy, the second part of To Fight Another Day storyline.
For  April we have confirmation for both the Emissaries and Assassins Omnibus (featuring Outlander, Open Seasons and Emissaries to Malastare comic stories); and the first volume of the new Star Wars Adventures comic stories: prior to his meeting with Luke and Obi-Wan, Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya tells the exciting story of when Han and Chewbacca are caught between gangsters and the Empire, and their only help could be Han's former partner!
(Source: StarWars.com)


Book News: Rebel Force confirmed by StarWars.com:
Posted: 4th November
While regular visitors to SWBooks will already be aware of the forthcoming youth reader series Rebel Force from Scholastic, StarWars.com have confirmed that the series will begin in the New Year. After much speculation and rumour, there is confirmation that the series will be written by Alex Wheeler, that the first two titles are Target and Hostage, and they will be released together in January.
(Source: StarWars.com)


Media News: Fists of Ion - new Hyperspace fiction:
Posted: 1st November
StarWars.com have published Fists of Ion, a short story by Ed Erdelac that occurs approximately six years after the Battle of Yavin.
Edward M. Erdelac was the winning author of three databank entries for the What's The Story? feature on Hyperspace. He is a published short story writer and has written, directed, and produced his own independent feature film.
Hyperspace members can read Fists of Ion here.


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