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May 2009

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during May 2009:

Book News: Title for The Clone Wars #4 novel:
Posted: 31st May
NJOE.com are reporting that Karen Miller's next The Clone Wars novel, the fourth in the five novel series is to be titled The Clone wars: Gambit - Stealth.
Karen Miller has already intimated in her blog
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that this novel and the final novel will form a duology: "This is a 2 parter. And yes -- there is a cliffhanger". This means that the title of her two novel story arc is Gambit.
The Clone Wars: Gambit - Stealth is due for release on 23rd February 2010 in the US.
(Source: NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: First look at Clone Commandos DVD:
Posted: 30th May
DVDActive.com have posted the cover for The Clone Wars: Clone Commandos, the second DVD volume from the TV series. Clone Commandos features four more episodes from the TV series: Rookies, Storm over Ryloth, Innocents of Ryloth and Liberty of Ryloth. Clone Commandos is due for release in the US on 15th September and in the UK on 21st September.
(Source: DVDActive.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: US release dates for The Clone Wars #4 and Shadows of Mindor paperback edition:
Posted: 28th May
Amazon.com have listed both the, as yet, untitled fourth The Clone Wars novel
(by Karen Miller, Trade Paperback release) and the mass market paperback edition of Matthew Stover's Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. Both are scheduled for release on 23rd February 2010. Interestingly, this puts the US paperback release of Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor nearly three months after the UK release on 3rd December 2009.
(All release dates & formats subject to change.)


Comic News: Wind Raiders of Taloraan released today:
Posted: 28th May
The Wind Raiders of Taloraan, Dark Horse Comics' latest graphic novella in their The Clone Wars Quarterly Digest series, is released today in the US. Penned by John Ostrander and Wayne Lo it tells the story of Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka's mission to Taloraan and their attempts to gain useful allies for the Republic.
The Wind Raiders of Taloraan will be released in the UK on 26th June.


Comic News: Vector: Volume 2 graphic novel released today:
Posted: 28th May
Vector: Volume 2 graphic novel, combining Rebellion: Volume 4 and Legacy: Volume 6, is released today in the US. Collating Chapters Three and Four, Volume 2 concludes the Vector cross-over storyline.
Vector: Volume 2 is due to be released in the UK on 28th August.


Book News: Fate of the Jedi prequel story coming soon:
Posted: 11th May (UPDATED: 27th May, 28th May)
As widely reported, RandomHouse.com have a cover listing for an unknown publication, only its title, Lost Tribe  of  the  Sith:  Precipice, and author, John Jackson Miller, is known. It is rumoured that this is a Fate of the Jedi prequel e-Book story that will tell the background story of the mysterious Lost Tribe of the Sith, intimated to in both Outcast and the synopsis for Omen. Lost Tribe  of  the  Sith:  Precipice is expected to be released in June, coinciding with the US release of Omen. As yet there is no official confirmation from Random House or LucasBooks. This is an interesting development of the Fate of the Jedi series as it involves another author within the series although since John Jackson Miller's speciality is stories of The Old Republic, it would appear that this prequel story could be set millennia before the events of Fate of the Jedi.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Writing on StarWars.com's Message Boards, Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, has confirmed the existence of the Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Books.
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice is available for free download from StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Affiliates News: Steve Sansweet interviewed at JediNews.co.uk:
Posted: 23rd May
Affiliate JediNews.co.uk have published the second part of their interview with collector extraordinaire Steve Sansweet (author of the forthcoming 1,000 Collectibles and co-author The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia). As well as an avid collector of Star Wars memorabilia and proficient author, Steve is also Director of Content Management and Head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm.
You can read JediNews.co.uk's interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: JediNews.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #7 now online:
Posted: 23rd May
The seventh issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. The seventh issue carries us to Korriban where Sith Lords Baras and Angral have returned from their respective endeavours. There is always discord among the Sith, and the tension between Baras and Angral promises to grow. Meanwhile, the Wookiee Dalborra and his captive, the Bounty Hunter Braden, are onboard an Imperial transport headed for the Sith homeworld.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Omen's promotional events:
Posted: 21st May
NJOE.com are reporting that Omen's author Christie Golden will be appearing at San Diego Comic-Con on 9th July (along with fellow Fate of the Jedi author Aaron Allston). Additional promotions for Golden's premier Star Wars novel are said to include live online book club chat with Golden and more original online content (Ben's Journal). NJOE.com point out that all and any such plans are subject to change.
(Source: NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: First look at The Official Episode Guide (Season 1):
Posted: 20th May
Amazon.com have posted the cover for the upcoming The Clone Wars: The Official Episode Guide - Season 1 from Grosset & Dunlap. Written by Jason Fry (The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide) this 192 page paperback is due for US release on 29th October and is packed with details and exclusive behind-the-scenes information about the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It contains full-colour illustrations, a perforated season one poster, and exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary by Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy...more


Book News: First look at 1,000 Collectibles:
Posted: 20th May
Amazon.com have posted the cover for the upcoming Star wars collecting tome from Stephen J. Sansweet, 1,000 Collectibles: Memorabilia and Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. This 568 page paperback from publisher Abrams, due in October, is drawn from the largest private Star Wars collection in the known universe, this stunning treasure trove of memorabilia and colourful anecdotes mixes fun with nostalgia, delighting both the casual fan and the serious collector...more


Book News: No Prisoners released today:
Posted: 19th May
The Clone Wars: No Prisoners by Karen Traviss is released today in the US in trade paperback format: A training session turns into a full-scale hostile action when Anakin asks Rex to get Ahsoka out of his hair for a while. Rex, Ahsoka, and a squad of young clone troopers new to Torrent Company join Captain Gilead Pellaeon's assault ship Leveler, fresh out of refit, for a 72-hour acquaint...read more
The Clone Wars: No Prisoners will be released in the UK in hardback on 4th June.


Book News: UK release dates for winter novels:
Posted: 15th May
Amazon.co.uk have added listings for this winter's novel releases. First up is newcomer Joe Schreiber's horror novel Death Troopers. This is due to be released on 5th November and looks to be a paperback release rather than the hardback of the US. Then, in December there are the paperback releases of Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
by Matthew Stover on the 3rd and Millennium Falcon by James Luceno on the 17th. Lastly in December, Drew Karpyshyn's third Darth Bane novel, Dynasty of Evil, is released in hardback on 24th. Into the New Year, on 7th January Elaine Cunningham returns to the Star Wars galaxy with her post-Invincible novel Blood Oath in paperback. And finally there is Crosscurrent (a post-Legacy of the Force story featuring Jedi Knight Jaden Korr) from another newcomer Paul Kemp on 4th February, also in paperback. No date for the fourth Fate of the Jedi novel Backlash by Aaron Allston, but it is expected sometime in February 2010.
(All release dates subject to change.)


Book News: Full synopsis for Essential Atlas:
Posted: 15th May
RandomHouse.com have posted a full synopsis for Star Wars: The Essential Atlas: You know the planets from Alderaan and Corellia to Tatooine and Zonama Sekot
and the star systems, from the Deep Core to the Outer Rim. But now, for the first time, you can pinpoint their locations and chart the travels of your favorite characters through the vast reaches of space...read more.
Star Wars: The Essential Atlas by Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry is due to be published on 18th August in the US by LucasBooks.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #6 now online:
Posted: 10th May
The sixth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. The sixth issue brings us back to Coruscant where the heroic defenders of the Republicís capital planet, Lieutenant Tavus and Jedi Master Orgus Din, have been holed up in the lower levels since just after the Sith Empireís assault. Unaware that the Treaty of Coruscant has been signed, the pair defends a refugee camp against an attack from Imperial droids before venturing out to discover the devastation the Sith left behind when they departed.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Final chapter of Slaves of the Republic released today:
Posted: 13th May
Today sees the release of the sixth and final issue of Dark Horse Comics' Slaves of the Republic comic book series: Anakin, Obi-Wan & Ahsoka fight to free themselves and the kidnapped population of Kiros from a life of slavery and it's not only the Zygerrian slavers they must battle: Count Dooku has arrived with Asajj Ventress with hopes of salvaging the new slave trade that has been fueled by Separatist efforts.


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #6 now online:
Posted: 10th May
The sixth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. The sixth issue brings us back to Coruscant where the heroic defenders of the Republicís capital planet, Lieutenant Tavus and Jedi Master Orgus Din, have been holed up in the lower levels since just after the Sith Empireís assault. Unaware that the Treaty of Coruscant has been signed, the pair defends a refugee camp against an attack from Imperial droids before venturing out to discover the devastation the Sith left behind when they departed.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: First look at The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
Posted: 7th April [UPDATED: 9th May]
Amazon.co.uk have published the cover for The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Written by Frank Parisi and Gary Scheppke it features an introduction by Dave Filoni and a forward by George Lucas. Published in hardcover by Chronicle Books (US edition) and Titan Books (UK edition) , The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is expected to be released this summer.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: StarWars.com have officially announced that The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be published later this year from Chronicle Books in the US: Chronicle Books will showcase the incredible art and creativity generated for the smash hit television series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars in a new 288-page hardcover. Featuring more than 400 pieces of concept art and exclusive interviews, including a sneak peek at Season II, The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars presents the story's development through the eyes of the animators, sketch artists, writers, designers, producers, and directors.
The impressive hardcover book will be available in two formats: a standard edition and a bonus-laden Limited Edition. The latter features a slipcase with new original cover art by Russell Chong of Lucasfilm Animation. His arrangement of characters is an homage to the original conceptual work by Ralph McQuarrie for the original Star Wars movies. The limited edition also includes three gatefolds with exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and a special vellum envelope with eight full-sized portfolio artworks by the series artists.
The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is written by Frank Parisi and Gary Scheppke, with an introduction by Dave Filoni and foreword by George Lucas. The book is slated for general release this fall.

(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Invasion begins at StarWars.com:
Posted: 9th May
The first issue of Invasion has been posted at StarWars.com, with the story beginning shortly after the events in The New Jedi Order novel Vector Prime. You can read it here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Part two of this story will appear online at StarWars.com on June 5th, 2009, and issue #1 of the comic series debuts in July.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Comics for August:
Posted: 9th May
StarWars.com have posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for August releases. They include the second comic book issue of Invasion, Dark Horse Comics' new series set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of The New Jedi Order. Also released in August is The Clone Wars #8, the second part of  a 3 part adventure featuring Jedi Kit Fisto and Plo Koon and a glory-seeking young Republic officer: Captain Kendal Ozzel. Knights of the Old Republic #44 is the conclusion to the two-part The Reaping storyline; while Legacy #39 continues Cade's Tatooine sojourn. Finally Dark Times #16 features part 4 of the five-part Blue Harvest story.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: First look at Luke Skywalker bio:
Posted: 9th May
StarWars.com have posted the cover for the upcoming Luke Skywalker biography from Ryder Windham: Hidden away at birth, he would believe himself an orphan. Watched over by a mysterious hermit, he would discover incredible abilities. And by finding hope where others found only evil, he would restore balance to the galaxy. This is the legendary story of Luke Skywalker, from his childhood on Tatooine to his fierce battle with his toughest enemy: himself.
Scholastic Inc. has previously published "biographies" for Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Author Ryder Windham returns to tell the tale of Luke Skywalker in a new hardcover book, A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker. It is due out in September.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


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