Archived News and Website Updates 2006
has titles, the latter does not
12/23/06 Lots of tiny tweaks on
the timeline, including some Clone Wars corrections to better harmonize
with the official timeline and changes involving the first volume of the
micro-series, and some other unrelated minor ones.
12/22/06 EU Action Figures
Fans of the EU that also collect
action figures are going to be thrilled by some of the future choices being
produced. You already know about Quinlan Voss. Next after that is
Ashared Hett, the Tusken Jedi from Dark Horse's Republic series!
After that, another two-pack is headed our way based on the Purge comic
book that takes place right after Revenge of the Sith: Jedi Bultar Swan
... and her murderer, fellow Jedi Koffi Arana!
12/13/06 Can You Speak Japanese?
Well, now you don't have to! At long last, English translations of the two
Tokyopop Manga Star Wars trades are available on the Amazon UK site. These
two graphic novels feature exclusive stories featured nowhere else. And
while some of them have been labeled Infinities by LFL, we all know fans will
judge that for themselves. Finally you can order these and be able to read
them. The link to Book 1 is
HERE! The link to Book 2 is
HERE! Special thanks to Jovial Jay Shepard for the UPC codes that
helped me track these babies down! If you don't know what I'm talking
about, check out this link
12/19/06 Added title and cover
The Last of the Jedi #7: Secret Weapon.
12/13/06 Turns out the rumors
are true and I am smoking crack. Ok, some clarification.
Scholastic released two exclusive mail-order series of Star Wars books and
magazines with similar titles (don't you just love that?) The first
was called Star Wars: Episode I Adventures; the second: Star
Wars Adventures. These were original stories. The first
series ran 15 books. I thought it was 14 and it turns out I'm
missing the last one. I also apparently decided to re-title book 8
as "Deep Trouble," when in fact it's called Trouble on Tatooine.
Don't ask cause I don't know! Scholastic's second series debuted
shortly after Episode II in 2003 and ran 13 books. As if things
weren't confusing enough and to the upset of a lot of subscribers, they
began reprinting stories from their first Episode I Adventures
series starting at Book 7 (which reprinted Book 5 of the first series:
The Ghostling Children.) I thought the series concluded at Book
9, but it turns out they kept reprinting books till Book 13 (which
reprinted Book 14 of the first series.) Confused yet? Then it
turns out I also left books 13 and 14 (of the first series) off the
timeline. All that's corrected now and you can see the proper order
in the Rise of the Empire section and
all of the covers in the
Cover gallery. Once again, thanks Chad for the fantastic eagle
12/10/06 Added cover image of
Tag & Bink Were Here trade paperback (as well as
Tag & Bink: Episode I: Revenge of the Clone Menace which I'd somehow
forgotten to post in the Infinities section.)
cover images of KOTOR trade paperbacks volumes
2. Some additional aesthetic changes. Added the years
30-40 to the New Jedi Order page.
12/05/06 Back to normal...
For best appearance, your text-size should be set at the default: Medium.
12/04/06 Please excuse the
site's appearance (primarily the Star Wars Expanded Universe Timeline) as
I work through some technical aesthetic updates. Thank you!
It was announced on the
Official Site's boards that book 7 of the Legacy of the Force
series will be called Fury. Added cover images of
KOTOR #10 and
Legacy #6. Finally, there is confirmation that there will be a
total of 10 books in the Last of the Jedi series from Scholastic
(#6 was just released.) Good news indeed.
11/30/06 Moved "Casualty
Report:Order 66" till after the conclusion of Dark Lord.
Thanks again Chad!
11/25/06 Return to...
Planet of the Apes! Rich Handley (Star Wars Tales author and
creator of Roots of the Swamp Thing) has
at last debuted his newest chronology,
The Hasslein Curve: A Timeline of the
Planet of the Apes is up! As is appropriate, the site comprehensively
covers the films, TV series, cartoon series, comic book series (old and new),
novels and more! For those who haven't yet checked out the Planet of the
Apes films, certainly enjoy those first. It's great fun. When you're
done there and ready for more, don't miss the excellent
Revolution on the Planet of the Apes
(which bridges films 4 and 5) and Rich's site... Check it out you damned dirty
11/25/06 Separated webstrip
Reversal of Fortune
into two periods: before ROTS (1-101) and during (102-169). Thanks
goes to Chad Walton for the refinement!
11/17/06 Added cover image of
Empire Volume 6: In the Shadows of their Fathers.
11/15/06 Back after a brief
jaunt to Italy with some updates. Dark Horse's ongoing
Legacy series is up to issue 5.
the Old Republic hit #9 this past week. And at long last
the first issue of Dark Times
10/22/06 The Phantom Menace
period in the Rise of the Empire era
underwent a major overhaul today. A number of pertinent
young-readers stories -- particularly Scholastic's
Junior books -- were absent, and the order of Episode I stories
(Random House, Dark Horse, Scholastic and the online
Podracing Tales) was completely out of alignment in a number of areas!
Check it out here starting at 33 BBY.
Also added two RPG
miniadventures from Wizards of the Coast, "Rebel
Jedi" and "Nightsaber"
which can be downloaded online for free. While this site doesn't
usually feature RPG adventure stories, "Rebel Jedi" features Luke
Skywalker in a speaking role (and "Nightsaber" is the direct sequel to
that adventure and features Crimson Empire hero Kir Kanos.)
These adventures occur in the year 12 ABY in the
New Republic era.
10/18/06 Added placement for
upcoming webstrip: Evasive
Action: End Game. For more information on the fourth and
final installment of this series,
10/18/06 End Game
who've been following the daily webstrip Evasive Action will be happy to
note that the fourth and final installment End Game is coming to
Hyperspace in November, and it's set to be a major "shake-up and a
definitive finale!" Also, long time Star Wars readers will be thrilled to
note that not only will Vader return, but there will be a connection to someone
or something from the Star Wars Marvel comics (reprinted in Dark Horse's trade
paperback series A Long Time Ago: Volumes 1-7)! Great news indeed
from Paul Ens and Tom Hodges! We definitely appreciate it guys! For
the full story on this upcoming webstrip,
10/12/06 Added notes and cover
images for Lullaby and two
privately printed manuscripts,
Rosine and the
Laughing Dragon and
Beany in Oz.
10/08/06 A new Boba Fett trade
paperback called Man with a Mission is being released in March
which will collect Boba Fett: Agent of Doom, Empire 7, Empire 28
and Boba Fett: Overkill.
9/29/06 Choose a Path!
you haven't yet, run out and choose the path of destruction, that is: Darth
Bane: Path of Destruction, a Novel of the Old Republic. For the first
time, Del Rey travels back in time a thousand years before the events of the
films to the days of the Dark Lords of the Sith, and the one apprentice who
changed everything and begat the Rule of Two. While war rages on the
planet Ruusan, young Bane trains in the temple on Korriban, homeworld of the
Sith. Betrayed by masters and fellow apprentices, Bane uncovers secrets
that will help him to revenge himself upon Jedi and Sith alike and forge the
galaxy anew. But first he must overcome his handicaps: guilt, compassion
and loyalty, traits not becoming a master of the dark side!
9/19/06 Unfinished Tale Finished
Great news for fans of J.R.R.
Tolkien! Next spring Harper Collins will see the publication of an as yet
unpublished story set in the First Age of Middle Earth. The Children of
Hurin has seen excerpts published in Unfinished Tales and the
History of Middle-Earth series. But next year, the full and completed
version (edited by Christopher Tolkien) of this fantastic tale will appear as a
book all it's own. This is the first time since the Silmarillion
that fans will be treated to a new completed work of Tolkien's (although
Unfinished Tales did contain some stories that approached completion) and
not a laboriously footnoted historical treatise. The interweaving tales of
Turin and his cousin Tuor are some of Tolkien's most powerful. Those who
haven't read the excerpts are in for a great surprise come next Spring!
This news comes at around the same time that MGM and New Line have announced
plans to go forward and make the Hobbit into a live-action motion
picture. In fact, talk is circulating of producing two Hobbit
films, which indeed could work if the background material from the "Quest of
Erebor" (included in the Annotated Hobbit and Unfinished Tales)
and the Lord of the Rings is factored in, eg., the meeting of the White
Council and Gandalf's encounter with the Necromancer, aka. Sauron, in the
fortress of Dol Goldur in Mirkwood. Time will tell if in fact Peter
Jackson will helm this project as his schedule is full at the this time, and of
course, the direction of the project is open to much controversy (as always.)
The one thing nearly everyone can agree on is getting Ian McKellan back as
Gandalf and Andy Serkis as Gollum. Other possibilities would include
getting Christopher Lee to reprise Saruman and Hugo Weaving as Elrond.
Time will tell how things develop.
KOTOR 8 cover image is up. Added proper chronological
designations for new novel: Darth
Bane: Path of Destruction. Moved Kevin Anderson's short story
Bane of the
Sith to Infinities. For a
discussion of the reasons, see
9/21/06 Dan Wallace's short SW
Adventure Journal story, "The
Most Dangerous Foe" is finally available online at
9/15/06 Modified placement of
Star Wars one-shot Purge
(reprinted in Clone Wars Volume 9: Endgame) to before chapter 28 of
the book Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader.
Oz news regarding newly released
9/11/06 Added entry for the
Wars 3D animated series that will debut in 2008. Also, after a
hiatus, Hyperspace is back to reprinting short fiction. This time
'round, "Do No Harm" (from
Tales from the Empire and the Adventure Journal #10.)
to read it.
9/09/06 Just noticed that
Crimson Empire #0 is
available again online.
Click the link to check it out. Also, changed placement of "Darkness
Shared" to after the upcoming Darth
Bane novel (which may include these events.) Also updated
Ewoks chronology entry for a better understanding of the placement on
9/9/06 EU Figures Begin
At long last Hasbro has decided to
move ahead with Expanded Universe figures. A brief set was released some
years back in 1998 following the Shadows of the Empire multi-media event
(which of course included figures) but nothing much came of it. This
seemed to be the pattern for the EU line which began with figures from the Ewoks
and Droids cartoons (which now fetch high prices!) The 1998 set wasn't a
bad one either, featuring Dark Empire versions of Luke, Leia, a cloned
Emperor and Imperial Sentinel, and Heir to the Empire figures, Grand
Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade and a Spacetrooper. A Darktrooper and Kyle
Katarn from Dark Forces rounded off the set. The latest batch began
just recently with a Shadowtrooper, which many know and identify as Blackhole's
stormtroopers (from Russ Manning's newspaper strip Gambler's World reprinted in
Classic Star Wars 4: The Early Adventures and made recently into a
mini-bust which commanded insanely high prices on the second-hand market due to
the low production run.) The newest set is a two-pack of Kir Kanos
and Carnor Jax from Crimson Empire (which is accompanied by a copy of
Crimson Empire #6.) While the next wave is not as interesting to me
(featuring classic film characters as interpreted by the first six issues of
Marvel -- cute I suppose but not what I'm looking for) it's hoped that more
genuine EU characters will debut including Lumiya, Quinlan Voss, Asajj Ventress
and many more! Time will tell. I'm not by any stretch an
action-figure collector, but I did pick up the Shadowtroooper (which I still
more appropriately call the Blackhole Stormtrooper) and might just grab the Kir
Kanos/Carnor Jax two-pack for fun as well and to support this line. As
many of you know, my main interest is in the vintage EU characters from the
pages of Marvel, the newspaper strips and the early books, but I'm not averse to
later Bantam, Del Rey or Dark Horse characters either (so long as it's not
exclusively focused on them.) Note: The Kir Kanos/Carnor Jax two-pack is
exclusive and will not appear on toy-store shelves, so grab it if you're
9/03/06 Rearranged the
placement of two Boba Fett stories due to new information and a closer
look. First up is Tales #7: "Outbid but not Outgunned" which I'd
placed far too late. This is the tale of Sintas Vel, the Kiffar
bounty hunter to whom Fett was married for a short time (and from whom
their child Ailyn Vel came.) Abel Pena and Karen Traviss reveal more
closely the Fett dysfunctional family saga. Fett and Sintas were
married 16BBY. Ailyn was born a year later (15BBY). Fett left
Sintas two years later (13BBY). Sintas is killed when Ailyn is 16
years old (1ABY). This knowledge is enormously helpful but doesn't
exactly nail down the events of the Tales story in question wherein Fett
runs into Sintas again and helps her retrieve a memento from Ailyn's birth
other than the fact that it must be somewhere between 13BBY and 1ABY.
Clearly Sintas is an adult in this story so it must be later on. To
add resonance to the tale and Fett's callous behavior in it, I
placed it in the 3-0 (BBY)
as I imagine it occurring some time shortly before her death. Now as
regards the Tales #18 story, "Being Boba Fett" I had that placed far too
earlier, as apparently I'd missed the extensive scarring on Fett's
face and body (which he received as a result of his Sarlacc ingestion).
Again, an exact placement after ROTJ and before 20ABY is highly
speculative. I chose to
place it in the period
8ABY, after his dealings with the Bounty Hunters Guild (which the story
shows he clearly isn't using) but before the Thrawn years and his
revelation to Han in Dark Empire.
Added short story to
The Chronology of Middle
Earth. Professor Jared Lobdell's "A Sudden Coming, Being a Story
of Later Time" was first published in the book England and Always:
Tolkien's Word of the Rings and later in the The World of the Rings.
An historian of Edwardian literature, Tolkien and Lewis, Lodbell has
corresponded with Christopher Tolkien, Tolkien's publishers and Tolkien
himself over the years, and it seemed fitting that his short prequel to "A
New Shadow" (Tolkien's abandoned chapter that might have been the sequel
to the Lord of the Rings) be included on the timeline.
Added stories of the latest
Clone Wars Adventures digest (vol. 6) to the
History and Rise
of the Empire era. These were a bit harder to place than the
usual storyline (which is often more narrowly delineated) so there's quite
a bit of "guesstimation" going on based on little clues and the occasional
leap of logic with stories like "It
Takes a Thief" "The
Drop" "To the
Vanishing Point" and "Means
and Ends." Thanks to Narcranor for some tips on the
Latest News, added rumors of the upcoming
Star Wars box set in '07. Added link to cover of
Legacy of the Force: Book
4: Exile. Added Insider 89 online supplement:
8/24/06 The Rumor Mill!
Great news for fans of Star Wars
that have been awaiting an Ultimate/Archival/Special Edition Box set of all six
films. Despite earlier misgivings that no such plans existed, a good
source over at
T'Bone's Star Wars Universe is confirming that 2007 will in fact see the
release of this box set, and in fact Lucas is in the process of making updates
to the films. To add to that,
has done a little digging and is confirming it! What kinds of changes and
updates these are remains solely the province of speculation, but it's know that
the hideous Yoda puppet from TPM will at long last be replaced by a CGI version.
We know some of you are against Lucas' tinkering with his own films, but for
those of us who loved the Special Editions, this is great news! There are
a LOT of deleted scenes that we haven't even seen, and a lot that we have that
would work nicely incorporated back into the films.
Now this is just my personal
wishlist, but for the Classic Trilogy, aside from necessary changes (fixing
Luke's saber from green to blue in A New Hope), I would practically kill
to see the Biggs' scenes on Toschi station reincorporated back into the film (at
least by means of seamless branching.) I'd love to have the sandstorm
scene from Return of the Jedi brought back into the film. Finally,
I'd love to have the Wampas attacking Echo Base fixed via CGI and reinserted
back into the film. For the Prequel Trilogy, I'd like to see Jar Jar's
lines trimmed just a little bit (I know a lot of you want him trimmed entirely
but that's not going to happen and I wouldn't welcome that myself anyway.)
Attack of the Clones really needs the scenes with Padme and Anakin from
Naboo reinserted as it goes a long way towards helping the romance between the
two be seen as more believable (that and the fact that they're great character
moments.) There are also additional scenes of the Geonosis battle that no
one's ever seen that would be a nice treat to have put back into the film.
Finally, nearly everyone agrees that the deleted scenes in Revenge of the
Sith were great and would add a lot to an already excellent film. I
say, put 'em in. Shaak Ti's two death scenes cannot be utilized (as Lucas
has decided she survived -- go Shaak Ti!), but a CGI jedi in place of her would
be nice for both scenes. Grievous got the short shrift in the film (as
opposed to his EU appearances which really built him up) and Anakin's scenes in
the Temple were a bit too short and could stand to be appended. So
basically, I'd like everything and the whole kitchen sink thrown in! We'll
see what happens, but be assured that I'll keep you posted as further news
8/14/06 New Boba Fett Novella
Traviss' e-novella, Boba Fett: A Practical Man is available to download
from RandomHouse.com. Check it out
here. On the surface, it seems like just another routine contract for
Boba Fett and his Mandalorian commandos, but the mystery client who hires them
to start a small war is more dangerous than any of them can possibly imagine.
When the Yuuzhan Vong invasion force sweeps into the galaxy, the Mandalorians
find they’re on the wrong side–fighting for an alien culture that will bring
about the end of their own. Now Fett has to choose between his honor and
the survival of his people. Since he’s a practical man, he’s determined help the
resistance beat the Yuuzhan Vong–even if it means working with a Jedi agent.
8/19/06 Added cover of
Omnibus: X-Wing Rogue Squadron Volume #2.
8/14/06 Yet more Oz titles
being released! Check out my Oz
News page! Also added privately printed short story (A
King of Needles and Thread) about Pastoria.
8/14/06 Adjusted placement of
Karen Traviss new e-novella,
Boba Fett: A Practical Man. Added name of upcoming Empire trade
paperback: Volume 7: The Wrong Side of the War (which collects issues
8/13/06 Lots of news added to
the Oz News page! When it
rains, it pours!
8/11/06 Missed your Vader:
You're not alone. Fans who
somehow missed the boat on IDG Entertainment's excellent special magazine,
"Vader: The Ultimate Guide"–which
has been commanding a LOT of money on Ebay–can
take now comfort in this fact: The short Vader story included in the magazine,
"In His Image" was reprinted in the UK's Official Star Wars magazine #61.
So all is not lost for you guys. You can try the official site for
information on back issues here:
Or check Ebay, of course.
Thanks to Shawn Barnett for the info!
8/08/06 Added link to Abel Pena
and Jason Fry's "Dark
Forces Saga" published online by Wizards of the Coast. Placed in
the Legacy era along with
entry for the New Essential Guide to Droids.
8/01/06 Added cover image of
#89 and entry to new story-article,
"Underworld: A Galaxy of Scum and Villainy."
7/29/06 Added cover image of
Knights of the Old Republic #7.
7/29/06 One More Piece of
Fans of Karen Traviss will be happy
to note that not one, but TWO more Republic Commando books will be released, the
first one debuting in the summer of '07. Good news indeed!
7/28/06 Addendum to Sansweet's
Steve Sansweet also announced that
the Clone Wars cartoon would be set AFTER Anakin was knighted as a Jedi,
therefore, late in the Clone Wars. He also noted the following characters
would appear: Obi-Wan, Anakin, Palpatine, Grievous, Dooku and most
interestingly, Asajj Ventress. Since Asajj's final fate is determined in
the series Obsession (collected in Clone Wars volume 7), that leaves
between 1 and 4 months (depending on when exactly Anakin is knighted) for this
series to take place. The question of when Anakin is knighted is a
controversial one as there are contradictory indications, and the fact is that
many do not view the 2nd season of Clone Wars cartoons as being part of
continuity. Even if it is, the cartoon's internal chronology is so
jumbled, it would be impossible to ascertain when exactly in the stream of time
the Knighting scene occurs. Ultimately, LFL is going to have set an exact
date for it so they'll know what stories they have to work around for the
upcoming animated series. It'll be interesting to see just how the screenwriters
and LFL coordinate the upcoming Clone Wars' storyline to ensure its harmony with
the comics and books set in this time frame...whatever time frame that is!
7/27/06 Added title of sixth
Star Wars: Legacy book, Inferno. Added
cover image of '95 San Diego Comic-Con edition of Heir to the Empire.
7/24/06 Added cover images of
new Rebellion and
7/23/06 Comic-Con News
Well, the annual San Diego
Comic-Com delivers far less than stellar news this time around
unless you're a fan of video games and action figures. The "big" news is
that 2007 will see the release of a new video game with super-duper technology
that will bridge the gap between Episodes 3 and 4 and feature characters from
both. Unfortunately, there's no mention of a multi-media tie-in ala Shadows
of the Empire –
as many had hoped, so those of us loyal readers who've been with the saga for
some time but don't have endless hours needed to devote to video games are shut
out. Typical. Oh and if that's not sour enough news, Sansweet also
reported the live-action TV show will debut before the end of the decade (or
sooner.) Not exactly exciting news. At least Dark Horse has been
consistently releasing some great titles. If you haven't yet, definitely
check out Legacy, Knights of the Old Republic and Rebellion (and keep an eye out
for Dark Times) as these and the excellent Last of the Jedi series are
the only things keeping the flame of Star Wars alive until 2008's animated Clone
Wars series debuts (and at least that's already in production.)
Cool cover, aye! Even better
on the inside. Jude Watson never disappoints. Be sure to check it
And coming soon by the great Drew
Three great titles everyone
should be reading!
7/19/06 Added cover image of
rare UK Droids book: A
Race to the Finish. Modified Droids entries in
Rise of the Empire era. Thanks to
Tusken Jedi for the information on the three Droids books!
7/18/06 Added upcoming Dark
Horse series: Dark Times #1-5: The Path to Nowhere to the period after the
book, Dark Lord: The Rise of the Darth Vader in the
Rise of the Empire era. Exact
placement is subject to change. Also added cover and entry to
Last of the Jedi #6: Return of the Dark Side.
7/17/06 In Oz section, in the
Deadly Desert page, added cover image
and notations on 1994 novella Up the Rainbow.
7/13/06 In the
Rise of the Empire section, broke down
the Lucasarts video game Republic Commando to better differentiate
between the three different missions which occur at three different times
during the span of the Clone Wars. Thanks to Paul Myers (www.clonewarz.com)
and Eddie (Starwarstimeline.net) for helping in that. Divided
Shatterpoint to show exactly where the short story "Equipment" belongs
in the midst of it. Changed placement of Clone Wars Adventures #5: Bailed
Out to just above Lucasarts game, New Droid Army (due to the events
that occur with Wat Tambor on Metalorn)
7/10/06 Dark Times
Horse recently announced a new series set in the 20 year period following
Revenge of the Sith. Dark Times follows the events of Dark Lord:
The Rise of Darth Vader and Purge. But new fans need not fear
as issue #1 will set up events with a bang. Vader and Palpatine will be
present in this series, but Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley has assured readers
that this series will focus on the effects of the newly-christened Empire on the
little guy, the average-Joe. No doubt Dark Times will complement
well the upcoming live-action TV series (to debut in 2008) which is also set to
take place in this era...
7/4/06 Added new year date for
Legacy #2 and the ongoing series.
6/30/06 Added cover images to
Star Wars: Legacy #1,
(multiple covers). Added in-universe article from Insider
magazine to the end of the New Republic era.
6/25/06 Added links to new
short SW stories from Insider Online on Hyperspace:
A Tale from the Dark Side,
From the Dark Side Compendium,
Evil Never Dies: The Sith Dynasties and
Lumiya, Dark Star of the Empire.
6/17/06 Added and corrected
Scarecrow and Tinman newspaper strips and
including added covers of
as well as the new one from Hungry Tiger Press.
6/15/06 Mixed Allegiances
Well, it's official.
Tim Zahn's Allegiance is set to debut in January 2007.
Allegiance takes place in the period in between Episodes IV and V.
According to the official site: "Luke
Skywalker is still new to all this Jedi business. Han Solo isn't sure how much
he's willing to commit to the Rebel Alliance. Princess Leia is trying to help
run the Rebellion and wondering why Han is so infuriating. The young Mara Jade
is one of the most valued agents of the evil Emperor. And a team of
stormtroopers goes rogue, deciding to mete out justice their own way..."
Oz news regarding upcoming
conventions and posted link to
1959 Oz parody. Added
The Dark Side of Internet
Fandom, a short introduction and link to the blog essay
Sex, Lies and Video
6/13/06 Added entries of new
Insider stories: "Ghosts
of the Sith" and "Heritage
of the Sith."
entry for upcoming Star
Wars ebook novella about Boba Fett and the Mandaloreans: A Practical
Man by Karen Traviss will debut in August 2006.
6/12/06 The Legend of Darth
Plagueis the Wise
Palpatine's intriguing story to
Anakin will soon feature in a full-length novel by James Luceno about the
legendary Sith Lord who trained Darth Sidious! Expect a hardcover release
of this as yet-untitled book in early 2008.
While you hunger for that, Fett and
Mandalorean fans should keep their eyes peeled for an ebook by Karen Traviss set
in the era of the New Jedi Order. A Practical Man details Fett and
the Mandaloreans' fierce battles against the evil alien invaders, the Yuuzhan
Vong. Look for that in August.
Betrayal and can't wait for the follow-up novel! You're wait won't
be so long as Karen Traviss' Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines debuts in
Also debuting this month is Legacy
#1, the new series that forges 100 years into the future with an all new
Skywalker, all new Empire and all new Sith!
While you're at it, don't fail to
pick up the ninth and ultimate trade paperback volume of the Clone Wars:
Endgame. Taking place in the moments and days after Revenge of the
Sith, Vader begins a personal vendetta to hunt down the Jedi Knights, some
who've gone into hiding, others who've chosen to confront the new Dark Lord!
Finally, travel back a thousand
years in the past as Darth Bane prepares to betray the divided Sith Empire and
begin the Rule of Two that will culminate in the domination of Darth Sidious and
Darth Vader a millennia later! Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
debuts in October!
6/09/06 Changed date of Legacy
to 130 years ABY. Added cover of Legacy #0. Removed promo ads.
don't walk to your nearest comic book store for the 25 cent introduction to Dark
Horse's new Star Wars: Legacy comic series. Set 130 years after the
Battle of Yavin (seen in Star Wars IV: A New Hope), this series promises a whole
new era of heroes and villains set amidst a tumultuous time in which a new Sith
threat has arisen, a new Empire is in command and a new Skywalker is at hand...
The new #0 issue introduces you to all the major players as well as the
situation in the galaxy. And you will be surprised. Don't feel
daunted if you've never read a Star Wars book or comic before. While
Legacy builds on the hundreds of years of Star Wars history, new readers are not
required to know any of it enjoy this new series.
brings me to the brand new Del Rey title of a similar name: Star Wars: Legacy
of the Force: Betrayal! This new book by Aaron Allston is a brilliant
start to a new mini-series starring the heroes of the Classic Trilogy. And
as with series listed above, new time readers need not fear. Author
Allston's excellent prose makes this the perfect jumping on point for those
who've never read a Star Wars book before. This of course is not to say
that long-time readers won't be rewarded! They will and in spades!
After all, this is the final series starring the heroes of Episodes IV to VI!
And best of all, the story rocks! Grab Betrayal at Amazon or your
local book store!
5/27/06 Finally added
image of Clone Wars Adventures #5.
5/24/06 Added cover images for
the upcoming Star Wars Legacy series of novels:
entries for two new
online Oz stories in the Deadly Desert
page. Added info. on Roger Baum's new books in the
New and New Releases page and an
entry in Munchkinland.
entry and cover image for new novel,
Added cover image of new Star Wars trade paperback
Added cover image of
5/24/06 The Tempest Arises!
The third book in the upcoming
Legacy of the Force series, Tempest, features a great cover image of
a grown-up Tenel Ka, Queen of Hapes (and the Jedi lover of Han and Leia's son
Jacen). Some very interesting information on this plot of this book is
the Official Site. Minor spoilers apply.
Best yet, the official site provides the first official release in print that
indeed Star Wars Marvel legend, Lumiya, Dark Lady of the Sith, is indeed
returning as the major villain of this series! For long-time Star Wars
readers this is exciting news. Lumiya made her debut in the pages of the
monthly (weekly in the UK) Star Wars Marvel comics back in 1981 (albeit in a
different form -- no spoilers here) in the storyline following the events of the
then recently released Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. A
fan-favorite since her inception, Lumiya was the brainchild of authors David
Michelinie and Jo Duffy. If you're fan of this site, you'll know that her
visage appears on the title page of The Star Wars
Expanded Universe Timeline. Here's the original cover design from
You can find all of Lumiya's back
story in Dark Horse's recent reprint series of trade paperbacks, called A
Long Time Ago, which collect the entire Marvel run in seven volumes (in
gorgeous full color on high quality paper). Lumiya's saga begins in the
fourth volume, entitled Screams in the Void (note however that Volume 3
begins the ongoing post-Empire Strikes Back stories). The first
volume in the Legacy series debuts at the end of May, so if you haven't
yet read them, this is a great time to pick up this series and discover the
history of one of the Star Wars saga's greatest villains!
5/18/06 Anamorphic Controversy
and Deleted Scene
Lots of angry reactions to news
from thedigitalbits.com (which they are saying is confirmed and not just rumor)
that the original Star Wars films LFL is releasing in September will NOT be
anamorphic transfers but letterbox (basically the same transfers that made up
the '93 laserdisc versions). For those with older 4:3 televisions, this
won't matter, but letterbox is a rightly outdated forum as more and more people
are owning 16x9 widescreen televisions (designed for square TV's letterbox
versions show black boxes on not only the top and bottom but left and right on a
Creating a new anamorphic print is
hardly cost-prohibitive. We understand that Lucas regards the Special
Editions as the true versions (as do many of us), however, if you're going to
release the originals at all, do it right. Letterbox is unacceptable in
this day and age and does not accurately represent what the originals look like
(at least not for us with 16x9 televisions).
There's still time. Let's
hope LFL does the right thing by the fans.
In other interesting news,
YouTube.com has posted the entire deleted scene of Luke and Biggs on Tatooine!
Check it out here!
5/17/06 OT DVD Cover Art
On sale, September 12th.
Click here for details.
5/16/06 Yet another Star
Wars Adventure Journal story is available on Hyperspace. This
Firepower. Also, the LA Times newspaper strip, "The Return of
Ben Kenobi" is being reprinted as an unformatted webstrip
news for both upcoming Books of
Wonder Oz celebration and OZ-Mania in Syracuse, NY.
5/7/06 Added entry and cover
image for Star Wars "free comic book day" story "Routine Valor" to the
Rise of the Empire and
5/05/06 Added entries and links
to three unpublished short stories from the Star Wars Adventure Journal
available to read online: "Just
and Shadow," and "Love
is a Warm Blaster." See the History
page for timeline placement. Added Marvel Star Wars #78 back into
the Era of Rebellion and
History timelines. See the
Reviews page under that entry for more
information. Made changes to the article
Fantasy and Faith: Compatible?
5/04/06 Added cover image and
description of Lost Girls on Dark
Side of Oz page. Added cover image and entry of
Time in Oz to
Parallel Histories page.
Added notes to the horror essay
(Aliens and Monsters) on Reckoning.
Added shortcut to essay:
Fantasy and Faith: Mutually Exclusive? Rearranged essay on Star
Wars and added quote on Science-Fiction on
About TimelineUniverse page.
5/03/06 Official Word from on
Due to popular demand, the original
Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV - VI) as shown in theaters in 1977, 1980 and 1983
respectively, will be released on DVD in two-disc sets of each film (packaged
along with the recent Special Edition versions of the films). Each release
is a limited edition and will only be available from September 12th to December
31st. This is good news indeed as the purists can now stop whining and get
on with their lives... Not me. I'm waiting for the super duper,
extended, special, archival edition with tons of extra scenes incorporated into
on over to your local bookstore and be sure to pick up Jude Watson's thick new
Star Wars paperback which includes her excellent novellas, Legacy of the Jedi,
Secrets of the Jedi and a new short story exclusive to this collection,
"The Last One Standing." Legacy... deals with Count Dooku's past as a
young padawan and an event that shapes the rest of his life including his years
later as master of Qui-Gon-Jinn. Secrets of the Jedi details the
dark romantic secrets of three Jedi, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Anakin. The new
short story concerns the growing rift between Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi and the Lars
family in the months after Revenge of the Sith.
5/01/06 Added update to
Dark Side of Oz. Also added cover
image of issue #5 of Dorothy.
Added entry for new Jude Watson
short story, "The Last One Standing" in Rise
of the Empire (and History) section.
hyperspace entry from Tales of the Empire (and Adventure Journal),
Charlene Newcomb's "A Certain Point of View."
4/27/06 Updated upcoming trade
paperback Star Wars: Honor and Duty, which will reprint Star Wars
#46-48 and #78 (preserving the story-arch surrounding the Royal Guard
4/24/06 Added entries and cover
Rebellion #1 and new
Laumer cover gallery.
Added links to
Hungry Tiger Press for a complete set of readable (and downloadable)
Ozmapolitans. Changed table view on
4/14/06 Added new short story
from Karen Traviss in the latest
#87, "Odds" (sequel to Republic Commando: Triple Zero) to the
Rise of the Empire and
4/13/06 Upcoming Comics
The official site has posted the
upcoming Star Wars comics straight from the Horse's mouth, and it may prove
Check it out
4/11/06 Updated Star Wars:
Emissary to the Void series (from Insider magazine) which are now all on
Added update to
X-Files site that indeed
seasons 7, 8 and the Lone Gunmen will be forthcoming, but that an
additional viewing will be necessary to sort out the perplexing
4/03/06 The names of two titles
in the upcoming Star Wars Legacy series have been released, Book
IV: Exile and Book V: Sacrifice. The release schedule,
beginning in May of this year will average three months between books.
cover image of upcoming Darth Bane novel: Path of
cover image of upcoming Last of the Jedi book: A Tangled Web.
3/30/06 John Whitman's short SW
Moon" is up at
3/19/06 Added news of an
upcoming exclusive story to the News
and New Releases page!
Angela Phillips short Star Wars
Adventure Journal story "Slaying Dragons" is available on
3/16/06 Added new parody,
The Evil Author of Oz and Carroll/Oz
crossover poem, The
Broker's Mistake by Aaron Solomon Adelman. Check them out
3/16/06 Lucas in Time
Time Magazine is featuring an
online interview with George Lucas which is worth a read. As usual with
the visionary director, it's insightful and interesting.
3/15/06 Added two entries in
the Patchwork Parodies & Poems
3/14/06 Added new information
to the Oz news page. Added
"coming soon" information to upcoming releases. Added new entry (A
Grown-Up in Oz) to Parallel
Histories page. Added link to
fanfic (mostly MGM related) to Deadly
3/12/06 Added to
Oz news regarding new essay:
Exploitation vs. Art,
pt. 2. Added
to new Oz short story.
3/7/06 Added name of third
Legacy book: Tempest (and changed the date of the series to 40
cover images of Knights of the Old Republic #0 and 2. Added
of Rebellion #0. Shifted Missions #5-8 to after Holiday Special and
before Devilworlds. River of Chaos is shifted to after Rebellion #0
(this placement better accounts for both Leia's solo mission and Han &
Chewie's during Luke's solo adventure in Empire #36-40)
3/4/06 Made subtle changes to
the essay on Fantasy in
from Karen Traviss about new release: Star Wars: Triple Zero.
2/28/06 Triple the Fun!
favorite, Karen Traviss has written an essay hosted by Amazon.com in celebration
of her brand new book, Star Wars: Triple Zero. As is the case with
Karen, the essay is chock full of good stuff, including a great defense on the
aspect of Star Wars as a valid form of literature and science-fiction as a means
of tackling important issues—themes
this site's creator have always held to be important and true. Head on
over to Amazon.com to check it out, or take a look
And while you're at it, don't forget to pick up this great new book! Note:
Triple Zero is a direct sequel to Republic Commando: Hard Contact
fantastic read you won't regret and the one that made Traviss a luminary in the
eyes of many a Star Wars fan!
2/27/06 Added more navigation
to the Oz site. Added cover of Chris
Dulabone's new book The Haunted Hot Tub of Oz.
2/23/06 Rearranged the
New Republic era, particularly the latter
part of Years 4 and 5 and the arrangement of the X-Wing comics to better
accord with internal chronology and the clarification established in the
book, The New Essential Chronology.
2/20/06 Added Jeff Rester's new
Dreaming in a Scarlet Slumber (available from the author) to
mainline timeline in
Royal Timeline of Oz. Incorporated
Denslow's Scarecrow and Tinman short story into The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz, but it's a tenuous fit at best and will reevaluate its
place in the Royal Timeline as soon as Hungry Tiger Press ships their new
volume of Denslow Oz strips from 1904. Created new place just for Oz
news. You can now find it on the
News and New Releases page.
2/20/06 News in Oz
Oz fans will be pleased to note
that this site is dedicating Oz news to its own page.
News and New Releases will take over from
the Upcoming Releases page and now include information about all new and
upcoming Oz publications (or at least I'll try to!). By all means,
drop me a line if
you know of a new Oz or Oz related book coming out.
2/16/06 Live-Action TV Show
Movieweb.com has a
good interview with Steve Sansweet about the two upcoming Star Wars TV shows, as
well as future 3D theatrical projection and more.
2/17/05 Aaron Allston's Clone
Wars short story (from Insider #65), "The Pengalan Tradeoff" is available
2/12/05 Take off with
Tim Zahn's newest Star Wars volume
set before the Clone Wars has been released and may be one
his most exciting adventures! Thrawn and Darth Sidious stand at the center
of intrigue when arrogant Jedi Jorus C'Baoth leads a team of Jedi Masters,
padawans, Anakin, Obi-Wan and thousands of families heading into the Unknown
Regions, a mission none of them will ever make! And while you're at it,
pick up Dark Horse's last few issues before the relaunch: Empire #39 finds Luke
confronting an old friend from home who's questioning his loyalty to the Empire.
And don't miss the final issue in Republic's three part storyline, "A Jedi's
Fate" (Republic #83), as we see the stunning conclusion to Quinlan Vos' tale on
Kashyyyk during the purge of Order 66!
2/12/06 Added covers of Star
Empire #39 and
Added new notes and made changes to
The Vampire (and Werewolf) essay in Reckoning.
2/10/06 Added upcoming book, Coruscant Knights I: Jedi Twilight
to the period after Revenge of the Sith.
2/7/06 Together in one Volume
Out in May in paperback, Scholastic
is releasing Jude Watson's two excellent pre-Revenge of the Sith books,
Legacy of the Jedi and Secrets of the Jedi in one volume with extra
material. Legacy spans three periods of time and features a young
Dooku and his first brush with the dark side! Secrets uncovers the
hidden romantic relationships of three different Jedi (Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and
Anakin) and the very different ways they each handled it! I highly
recommend this volume to old and new fans alike.
2/5/06 Breaking the Code
Ever wonder what the Jedi Council
are talking about when they mention the Code, or why it is that Jedi are taken
at birth, separated from their families and forbidden to marry? If so,
check out my new essay: The Jedi Code.
2/05/06 Paul Ens and Tom Hodges' upcoming Star Wars webstrip has been
announced as Evasive Action: Prey. Available to hyperspace members,
it debuts in March. Pablo Hidalgo's new webstrip starts next week.
Called "Rookiees," it follows a group of inexperience Rebels during the
era of the Classic Trilogy.
Added my new essay, The Jedi Code
to the Reckoning page.
cover image of the upcoming Star Wars Omnibus volume. The
Omnibus series are oversized trade paperbacks that will eventually reprint
all the Dark Horse titles under different Omnibus editions in
chronological sequence. The first up collects the early X-Wing
2/1/06 The Legacy Begins...
Better head on over to the
Dark Horse forums to check out
Randy's latest announcement about the upcoming series Jan and John have been
working on. It's a doozy and it's bound to cause controversy!
1/31/06 Tim Zahn's Outbound Flight is available today.
This story at last wraps up the mystery of Jorus C'Baoth's tragic Outbound
Flight Project which we all know went awry. Aaron Allston's short
story "The Pengalon Tradoff," originally published in Insider #65, is now
available online at
Also, I updated the New Jedi Order section including links of the first
three chapters of
the Void to their new location on the Official site.
I've moved X-Wing: Rogue Leader #1-3 to the place where
it fits most appropriately, namely right before X-Wing: Rogue Squadron
#1. This placement follows the internal continuity of the story and
not the erroneous timeline date stamped inside each of the three
issues which indicates it occurs a week after ROTJ and just after Truce
at Bakura. This ridiculous dating not only squeezes Truce
into less than one week, but it crams all of the post-ROTJ Marvel stories
(81-107) into less than 2 weeks! Whoever edited that miniseries
should, in the future, be far more careful in their research.
Herein, that date-placement is being ignored.
1/28/06 Knights in White
Horse's brand new ongoing series, Knights of the Old Republic is out with issue
1! Set in the period nearly 4,000 years before Luke Skywalker in the days
of the Ancient Sith and the Mandalorean Wars, young Padawan Zayne Carrick is
about to take his first step into a much larger world ... or so he thinks!
This is a really strong issue and the perfect starting point for new fans to
jump onboard! It's also selling really well, so be sure to grab your copy
while they're still available! You won't be disappointed!
Back to War...
Clone Wars is about to end, but for Quinlan Vos and Luminara Unduli, everything
is about to change... for the worse! Star Wars Republic: Hidden Enemy
details the moments not shown in Revenge of the Sith (although Lucas had
planned on filming sequences with Vos and Luminara, time ran out). As Yoda
descends on Kashyyyk to begin a battle that will end in tragedy when his own
troops turn against him to carry out Order 66, Quinlan is joined by his former
triple-crossing 'friend' the Devaronian Villie Grahrk, who has secrets of his
own. Watch the tide turn on the galaxy in Republic 81 and 82!
1/25/06 Purge your Weaknesses
run out to buy the new one-shot, Purge! After Order 66, few Jedi dare
to venture outside the shadows—rumors of the dark and terrible Darth Vader
haunting even their waking moments. Yet, some Jedi find this life of fear
unbearable. Now, a small band of Jedi have agreed to meet and discuss what
should be done to oppose the Empire and its Sith Lords. However, the Empire is
always watching, and Vader himself is eager to confront any Jedi that might
bring him closer to the whereabouts of his betrayer, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Prepare for
Jedi versus Sith action unlike any seen since the Old Republic in this special
one-shot follow-up to Revenge of the Sith!
1/25/06 Ok, back to business: the short story from
Tales from the Empire and WEG's Adventure Journal is online at
You can read "Blaze of Glory"
Also, the About page has been modified, this time I've expanded the
Fantasy: A Brief Introduction and included more material on the often
conflicting position of Christians and Fantasy.
1/20/06 Faster with FIOS
I'm back online after losing phone
service once again. This time, however, I'm on Verizon's new super-fast
high speed fiber optic system called FIOS. Now, not only is my speed
quicker than the fastest cable modem, but I've crystal clear phone service...
and all for less than what I was paying before! Well, I'm still playing
catch up and I'm sure there's plenty of news to report...
1/01/06 With the new year upon us, I made some major changes to the
Reckoning page. The new look is far more in line with what I had
envisioned for the page as well as for the entire site. The marriage
of art and literature, color and text, is something that I believe is
important for this site. I recognize that those still on dial-up (of
which I remain) have difficulty with JPEG heavy sites, but I feel the
trade-off is worth the extra few seconds, and with more of you converting
to cable, DSL and FIOS, this becomes less and less of a factor.
After all, this is not a news site (although I do occasionally post news)
and there are no commercial interests (although I do make a few pennies
from Amazon clicks). So I have no interest in following the trend of
modern sites that forsake image and design for the sake of efficiency.
To do so would be to betray the whole point of this website which is
intended a tribute to the glory of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror in
literature and illustration.
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