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August 2009

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

Media News: Jason Fry interviewed by Lightsabre.co.uk:
Posted: 31st August
Affiliate Lightsabre
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have posted their interview with Jason Fry, co-author of The Essential Atlas and author of The Clone Wars: Visual Guide Ultimate Battles. To access the interview: visit Lightsabre.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab], then from the menu banner, click on Interviews, then on Stars.


Book News: Abyss now shipping in UK:
Posted: 31st August
Ahead of its official release on the 3rd September, the third Fate of the Jedi novel, Abyss, by Troy Denning is now shipping in the UK.


Media News: Passages now online for Hyperspace members:
Posted: 29th August
StarWars.com have published online the short story Passages by Charlene Newcomb for Hyperspace members. This short story was first published in 1995 in Star Wars Adventure Journal. Hyperspace members can access this story here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #14 now online:
Posted: 28th August
The fourteenth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the upcoming MMO video game, The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The fourteenth issue of Threat of Peace is full of intrigue and excitement. Having just escaped from the Imperial transport, the Bounty Hunter Braden travels to Nar Shaddaa to make a deal with the crime lord Nok Drayen. After being rescued from her escape pod, Jedi Knight Satele Shan receives the news that Master Dar’Nala is dead. Meanwhile, the Imperial transport which carried both the Bounty Hunter and the Jedi Master arrives on Korriban only to be blown up by a mysterious bomb.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Online live chat with Atlas authors:
Posted: 28th August
On 2nd September Suduvu.com will be holding an online live chat with authors of The Essential Atlas Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry. To find out more and how to participate in this event click here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: Suduvu.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Online Companion for Essential Atlas:
Posted: 27th August
StarWars.com have placed a permanent online placeholder for a repository of links for future updates and essential add-ons to The Essential Atlas that will act as The Essential Atlas Online Companion
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]
Daniel Wallace, co-author of The Essential Atlas, has already written and published online the first three parts of his endnotes to The Essential Atlas which can be accessed via the Online Companion
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] at StarWars.com.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Invasion #3 previewed:
Posted: 24th August
Dark Horse Comics have released a three-page preview for the third issue of Invasion. You can read it here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: Lost Tribe of the Sith #3 released 9th February:
Posted: 24th August
Writing on StarWars.com Message Boards, Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, announced that the third instalment of Lost Tribe of the Sith, the Fate of the Jedi prequel story, will be released on the 9th February 2010, one month before the US release of Backlash, the fourth Fate of the Jedi novel. As with Precipice and Skyborn, this third instalment should be available for free download from StarWars.com. As yet, no title has been announced for this instalment.
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: Suduvu interviews Fate of the Jedi authors:
Posted: 19th August
Suduvu.com (Del Rey's blog) have released a video of an interview with the three Fate of the Jedi authors, Troy Denning, Christie Golden and Aaron Allston, that was made during last month's San Diego Comic Con in which they discuss the fate of the Jedi now and tease us about what pitfalls might await them in the future. You can watch the video here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: Suduvu.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Abyss and Essential Atlas released today in US:
Posted: 18th August
Both Fate of the Jedi: Abyss (by Troy Denning) and The Essential Atlas (by Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry) are published today in the US in hardback & paperback respectively. You can read an eight page excerpt from Abyss at StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The Essential Atlas will be published in the UK on the 28th August, while Abyss will be on 3rd September.


Book News: Two more Decide Your Destiny titles for UK in New Year:
Posted: 16th August
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com have discovered listings on Amazon.co.uk for what appears to be the third and fourth titles in the Decide Your Destiny series of UK children's adventure books. Crisis on Coruscant and Dooku's Secret Army are both scheduled for UK release on the 28th January 2010. The two previous UK Decide Your Destiny titles, The Way of the Jedi and Tethan Battle Adventure, were both released back in July and unlike the US series of the same name, they feature interactive online content at www.starwars.com/decideyourdestiny
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. It is expected that the two new titles will include online content.
(Source: StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Death Troopers book tour dates:
Posted: 15th August
Writing on his own blog
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Joe Schreiber, author of the forthcoming horror novel Death Troopers, has announced dates and locations for its book tour:
Oct 13th, 7 PM - Barnes & Noble - Huntington Beach, 7881 Edinger Avenue #110, Bella Terra, Huntington Beach, CA
Oct 15th, 7 PM - Borders - Folsom/Sacramento - 2765 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, CA
Oct 16th, 7 PM - Seattle University Books - 4326 University Way NE, Seattle WA
Oct 17th, 7 PM - Powell's City of Books - 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR
Oct 19th, 7PM - Borders - Chicago/Oak Brook - 1500 16th Street, Oak Brook, IL
Oct 20th 7PM - Barnes & Noble - Indianapolis/Carmel - Greyhound Plaza, 14709 US Hwy 31 N., Carmel, IN
Oct 24th, 2PM - Borders Philadelphia/Bryn Mawr - 1149 E. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA
Nov 1st, Time TBD - Horizon Books - Petoskey - 319 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI
Nov 2nd, 6:30PM - Portage District Library - 300 Library Lane, Portage, MI

Death Troopers is due for release in the US on 13th October in hardback.


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #13 now online:
Posted: 15th August
The thirteenth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming video game The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. The thirteenth issue of Threat of Peace begins with Lieutenant Tavus deftly maneuvering his starship to destroy the Mandalorian Raiders and rescue Satele and SP-99. As Tavus, Satele, and Orgus discuss the attack on the Envoy and what to do next, a darker series of events unfolds on the Imperial Transport ship. Learning of the Bounty Hunter’s escape, Captain Sivill orders the Wookiee Mercenary Dalborra to execute Master Dar’Nala.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: New book release schedule from LucasBooks:
Posted: 14th August
LucasBooks' Executive Editor, Sue Rostoni, has published a new novels US release schedule for the rest of 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In summary: Fate of the Jedi books 5 thru 9 of have had their release dates moved back by on average 5 months per title, book 7 of Fate of the Jedi will be titled Conviction; the sequel to Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth by Karen Miller will be Gambit: Siege; Death Troopers author Joe Schreiber has been contracted to write another Star Wars horror novel (although not a Death Troopers sequel) which is due for release in October 2010; Alex Irvine's Nomi Sunrider novel has been put back to February 2011 from October 2010; in October 2011 newcomer Jeff Grub will pen an, as yet, untitled paperback; finally Sue teases of at least 5 unassigned novels - two for 2010 including one written by a "well-known author", one for late 2011 and two for 2012.
Notable are the exceptions of Blood Oath and Karen Traviss's previously scheduled Boba Fett novel - both are officially cancelled. Unfortunately it appears that Elaine Cunningham is unable to fulfil her contract while Karen has previously intimated her decision to quit writing Star Wars novels.
(Source: Sue Rostoni's Blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Future Fate of the Jedi novels to have "beefy subplots":
Posted: 13th August
Writing on the StarWars.com Message Boards, LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni announced that a new novels release schedule would be announced next week in which we've moved some of the Fate of the Jedi novels [...] to give the authors a bit more time to write .... longer novels. This is because we conjured up a few beefy subplots to add to the mix that are really going to increase action, tension, and characters and wanted to be sure each author has enough time to really develop and write the stories without a lot of rush.
While the third Fate of the Jedi novel, Abyss, will be released next week, the fourth, Backlash, is not due to be published for another six months, but it is unlikely that Backlash's release will be affected. It is more likely that the proposed release changes will affect the expected release dates for books five thru nine. 
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Affiliates News: Troy Denning interview at Lighsabre.co.uk:
Posted: 12th August
Affiliate Lightsabre.co.uk have published their interview with Fate of the Jedi: Abyss author Troy Denning. You can read it by clicking on Interviews then selecting Stars from the menu on their homepage. Abyss will be released in the US in hardback next week.
Visit Lightsabre.co.uk
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] to read the interview.


Comic News: Comics for November:
Posted: 12th August
StarWars.com have posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for their November releases. They include Invasion #5Dark Horse Comics' new series set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of The New Jedi Order. Also released in November is Knights of the Old Republic #47, the start of a new four-part storyline Demon, that sees the trial of Demagol begin; while Legacy #42 continues to feature Rogue Squadron. While The Clone Wars #10 begins a new three-part storyline, Hero of the Confederacy.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Book News: First look at The Making of The Empire Strikes Back:
Posted: 11th August
StarWars.com have posted the cover for The Making of The Empire Strikes Back by J.W. Rinzler which is due for release in spring 2010.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: First look at Clone Wars Gambit - Stealth:
Posted: 10th August
StarWars.com have posted the cover and synopsis for the fourth The Clone Wars novel, Clone Wars Gambit - Stealth, by Karen Miller. The synopsis is the same one that Amazon.co.uk posted (see here). Clone Wars Gambit - Stealth will be published in Trade Paperback in the US on 23rd February 2010 in the US and in hardback in the UK in March.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Synopsis revealed for Backlash:
Posted: 10th August
Amazon.co.uk have posted a very short synopsis for the fourth Fate of the Jedi novel, Backlash by Aaron Allston. This synopsis CONTAINS SPOILERS for this story, so if you wish to read them highlight the text between the arrow heads >>> Luke and Ben will visit the deadly world of Dathomir, home to the Night Sisters, otherwise known as the Dathomiri Witches, as an ancient evil, released from its prison, stretches its hungry tendrils ever farther through the galaxy. <<<
Backlash by Aaron Allston is scheduled for US release in hardback in February 2010.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Karen Traviss quits writing for Star Wars:
Posted: 9th August
Karen Traviss, New York Times Bestselling author of several Star Wars books including Republic Commando series and Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice, is to quit writing Star Wars novels after the second Imperial Commando novel (the follow-up series to Republic Commando) is released. In a statement on her blog
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Traviss cites new continuity issues arising from the forthcoming Season 2 of The Clone Wars TV series "changes in canon [discussed in] the new visual guide* to the second season of the Clone Wars TV cartoon [...] I was given enough of the detail in January to realise that changes in continuity were such that I wouldn't be able to carry on as originally planned with the storylines you were expecting to see continued in my books. It would have required a lot more than routine retcon [...] The canon is beyond my control, because that's the very nature of tie-in work. But that still left me with some personal choices I had to make. I could try to make the retcons. Or I could switch to different SW books that weren't affected by these changes. Or I could decide to call it a day - I had a great run, but I had an increasing amount of non-SW work to get on with that was more important to my business. In the end, the only rational decision I could take was to make Imperial Commando #2 my last book for Star Wars." You can read Karen's full statement on her blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
*Karen is more than likely referring to to The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars rather than a new version of a Visual Guide.
(Sources: KarenTraviss.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Synopsis revealed for The Clone Wars: Gambit - Stealth:
Posted: 5th August
THIS NEWS ITEM CONTAINS SPOILERS
Amazon.co.uk have posted a synopsis for Karen Miller's forthcoming The Clone Wars novel, Gambit: Stealth. The fourth book in this five novel series, it will be the first part of a two part story featuring Anakin and Obi-Wan: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are on a secret mission to one of the many worlds caught in the middle of the struggle between the Republic and the Separatists. A pastoral planet, Lanteeb wants only to be left alone to survive - but it is the source of what could be one of the most devastatingly destructive weapons ever. If this potential weapon were to fall into the hands of the Separatists, uncounted worlds would fall. But should the Republic succeed in destroying it first, one world that needs it to survive will be annihilated. A frightening dilemma that Obi-Wan and Anakin will have to untangle, if they can get in and out of the occupied planet alive.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Book News: Extended synopsis for Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil:
Posted: 5th August
THIS NEWS ITEM CONTAINS SPOILERS
RandomHouse.com have posted a new synopsis for Drew Karpyshyn's third Darth Bane novel Dynasty of Evil: Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp the Dark Lord in a duel to the death. But Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane vows to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that will assure the Sith’s immortality–and his own.
A perfect opportunity arises when a Jedi emissary is assassinated on the troubled mining planet Doan, giving Bane an excuse to dispatch his apprentice on a fact-finding mission–while he himself sets out in secret to capture the ancient holocron of Darth Andeddu and its precious knowledge. But Zannah is no fool. She knows that her ruthless Master has begun to doubt her, and she senses that he is hiding something crucial to her future. If she is going to claim the power she craves, she must take action now.
While Bane storms the remote stronghold of a fanatical Sith cult, Zannah prepares for her Master’s downfall by choosing an apprentice of her own: a rogue Jedi cunning and cold-blooded enough to embrace the Sith way and to stand beside her when she at last wrests from Bane the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith.
But Zannah is not the only one with the desire and power to destroy Darth Bane. Princess Serra of the Doan royal family is haunted by memories of the monstrous Sith soldier who murdered her father and tortured her when she was a child. Bent on retribution, she hires a merciless assassin to find her tormentor–and bring him back alive to taste her wrath.
Only a Sith who has taken down her own Master can become Dark Lord of the Sith. So when Bane suddenly vanishes, Zannah must find him–possibly even rescue him–before she can kill him. And so she pursues her quarry from the grim depths of a ravaged world on the brink of catastrophe to the barren reaches of a desert outpost, where the future of the dark side’s most powerful disciples will be decided, once and for all, by the final, fatal stroke of a lightsaber.

This new synopsis extends the short synopsis previously published by StarWars.com.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] & TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Star Wars comics on iTunes, NOW:
Posted: 24th July (UPDATED: 2nd August, 4th August)
Following our story of 30th June, in a recent chat with ComicBookResources.com, Randy Stradley discussed Dark Horse Comics' the material expected to be made available for the iPhone/iPod Touch is: Empire: Betrayal (released as 4 purchasable downloadable chapters), Legacy: Broken (as 2 chapters) and The Clone Wars: Shipyards of Doom (as 1 single download).
No confirmed date for the launch of the downloads.
(Source: ComicBookResources.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: You can now purchase part 2 (294 screen pages) of Legacy: Broken from the Apple App Store[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (requires iTunes), for some reason part 2 is available before part 1 - hopefully part 1 will be available soon.

UPDATE #2: The Clone Wars: Shipyards of Doom is now available to purchase as a single download (388 screen pages) from the Apple App Store[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (requires iTunes).


Site News: Poll results - Fate of the Jedi: Omen:
Posted: 2nd August
Star Wars Books' recent poll, what did you think of Fate of the Jedi: Omen, has closed. Just over a third of voters (35%) graded it Excellent (5/5), while the majority of voters (43%) thought it Good (4/5), with less than one in ten (9%) marking it Okay (3/5). Nobody thought that Omen was worth less than 3/5, while 13% have not/will not read it. The average score was 4.3/5. Thanks to all those who voted.
Our current polls, what did you think of Star Wars: Invasion #1 and will you continue buying Star Wars: Invasion, close in a couple of days, so please vote if you haven't done so already.
A new poll will begin shortly.


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #12 now online:
Posted: 1st August
The twelfth 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 twelfth issue of Threat of Peace keeps us on board the Imperial transport ship, where Captain Sivill’s brutal interrogation tactics have nearly killed Master Dar’Nala. Foreseeing her fate, Dar’Nala helps Braden escape from the ship in exchange for a promise that he will deliver an important message. Meanwhile, the escape pod carrying Jedi Knight Satele Shan and the Imperial Protocol droid SP-99 is detected by a passing vessel.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


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