Archived News and
Website Updates 2007
(The former has titles,
the latter doesn't)
12/31/07 Celebrate the new
...with Darth Bane: Rule of Two,
which came out on Wednesday. Great read! Also, head to the comic shop and grab
the final Clone Wars Adventures #10, Dark Times #7 and KOTOR #24. This
site will see some changes in the new year by finally splitting into its respective domains.
still be the umbrella site under which all the other timelines will fall, but
from here on in,
www.starwarstimeline.net will forward to the main page on the Star Wars
portion of the site, whereas
www.oztimeline.net will forward to the main page on the Oz portion of the
site, and www.xfilestimeline.net
will forward to the main page on the X-Files portion of the site.
Makes a lot more sense that way.
This Latest News page also officially becomes the Star Wars news page, as each of the other sites
either have or will have their own 'latest news' pages, as is
appropriate. With a new X-Files film coming out in late July, new Oz
projects and books always on the horizon, and Star Wars constantly
producing new titles, including the upcoming multimedia project and two new TV
shows, it's only fair that each universe have its own news page.
12/31/07 Added entries and
cover images for
Dark Times #7 and
Clone Wars Adventures #10, and
Bane: Rule of Two, which I'll be expanding as I did with
Destruction to show how it's structured alongside Jedi vs. Sith.
Also, redirected the domain
their appropriate main pages.
www.Timelineuniverse.net remains the umbrella page, but each site now
feels more independent and individual. The
Latest News page is now officially a Star Wars news page and the
X-Files portion of the site will be getting its own in the coming days.
(The Royal Timeline of Oz already has its own
12/14/07 Added a
cover image and entry for Jedi vs. Sith:
The Essential Guide to the Force, a wonderful and wonderfully
illustrated new book from Ryder Windham that's pretty darned
comprehensive! I will eventually break the book down into the individual
sections and flashbacks that belong to each of the different time periods,
in fact I look forward to that. And Ryder was kind enough to provide the
exact dates for us timeliners! Right now, however, I'm in the middle of a
project that I hope to have finished by the end of December, beginning of
January. More on that as the days move forward.
12/7/07 Force Unveiled
The Official Site just released the
cover of the upcoming Sean Williams novelization of The Force Unleashed, the big
multimedia event of 2008 which will feature a next-gen video-game from LucasArts,
a graphic-novel from Dark Horse Comics and lots of toys and action figures.
Should be fun! Best part is that no fan is left behind. Those who don't play the
video games for various reasons will be able to enjoy the story, and those who
do play will have a chance to see the "canon" events revealed. It's a good move
on LFL's part and a nice way to continue the 30th anniversary of Star Wars
(which runs from May '07 to May '08), not to mention usher in the next
generation of Star Wars via the television shows, the first of which is the
Clone Wars 3D animation series which will debut in the fall of 2008.
12/5/07 New Star Wars in
Leaked news from a VIP Hasbro
meeting seems to indicate that on 8/8/08, the Star Wars Clone Wars animation
series (which they're saying is so unlike any animation we've seen before
they're calling it "cinemation") will launch in theaters before coming to
television! Yes, this is big news. No confirmation from Lucasfilm as of
yet, other than to say it's one of the options they're exploring.
SW Comic Two-Packs
Marvel SW fans rejoice! Fenn Shysa
and Tobbi Dala are at long last being released in a comic-two pack! This
will be as part of the third wave: Fenn Shysa will be packaged with Dengar; and
Tobbi Dala with Princess Leia! Happy news indeed!!
11/27/07 The Fury of Solo!
The new paperback in the Legacy
of the Force series, Fury, is out today! By Aaron Allston, here's the
back cover blurb (minus spoilers): "Fighting alongside the Corellian rebels, Han
and Leia are locked in a war against their son, who grows more dangerous with
each passing day. Nothing can stop his determination to bring peace with a
glorious Galactic Alliance victory–whatever
This is the seventh book in a
nine-book saga. If you haven't caught up yet, there's still time. The saga
begins with Betrayal.
11/19/07 Added covers for
KOTOR #22 and the
Legacy #14-17. Also, based on Cindel's revealed birthdate (on her
databank entry on the Official Site) I've adjusted the time of her
adventures on Endor (in both Ewok films) to 3 ABY.
11/07/07 Made some cosmetic
changes to the link bars on the site. Mesa liken it! You'll
notice I changed the upper left corner with a FAR cooler image, IMO, one
of my favorites actually (that just happened to fit the right dimensions!)
10/30/07 From the Producer's
Recently at the French Star Wars
convention (Reunion 2), Star Wars producer Rick McCallum shined some light on
the future of Star Wars:
The Live-Action series:
Boba Fett will definitely be in it.
McCallum is hoping to get Daniel Logan (who played Fett in Episode II) for the
part, which knowing what a fan Logan is of the universe and of the character,
consider that done!
As has been said before, expect at
least 100 episodes. If the series is successful, McCallum is hoping to
extend that to 400 (which may include spin-off series)!
Also, the cast will be all new
characters and minor ones from the films, but no EU characters just yet.
However, if the show is successful, we can expect EU characters to start showing
Six screenwriters have been hired.
They'll begin writing in November.
McCallum wants John Williams
onboard. He also wants a new score for each episode! We'll await
with baited breath for further news on this front!
The Star Wars Saga Box set:
Finally, some official word on
this: McCallum says they are going to wait for the HD format wars to end and see
who the victor is: Sony-Blu Ray or HD-DVD. This seems to point to the fact
there won't be a standard definition release prior to a high-definition one (and
if there is standard-def release it'll be along with the high def one.)
They are planning ... get this: 100
hours (that's right: one hundred hours) of documentary footage for all six
films! That is amazing!! That's over 16 hours of documentaries for
No confirmation yet on any changes
Lucas is making to the films (beyond Yoda in TPM which we all know about),
deleted scenes, bloopers or any of that, but the documentaries are without a
doubt a big step in the right direction and certainly more than most fans were
hoping for or imagining. And still no word on the animated Droids or Ewoks
box sets! But that might be an announcement they're saving for next year.
10/28/07 Servers were down
yesterday as Successfulhosting.com moved to a larger facility.
Apologies to anyone trying to access the site during that time.
10/27/07 Added covers of
Dark Times #5-6 and
Clone Wars Adventures #9.
10/18/07 Just a Friendly
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heinous cruelty that we seem to see daily on the news (and so much that we don't
see), let's not forget to do whatever small share we can to alleviate the
suffering of our animal brethren abroad. So click on the purple button on the
right (and when you get to the site, click it there) which means free food to
animals in shelters for every daily click. It only takes a moment, so make it a
daily habit. Thanks!
10/16/07 Live Action TV Show
At long last, some news (or strong
gossip at this point) on the upcoming 2009/2010 live-action Star Wars TV series.
Some spoilers, but nothing too revealing. You can find the full story at
The TV show will embrace the scope
of the films, the politics, events and even places.
We'll see Rebel bases and Star
Destroyers. Imperials will be everywhere. But not everyone will be entirely good
or evil and undercover operatives will be at work.
The EU will be represented! Thall
Joben from the Droids cartoons will be a podracer that we meet! We may also get
to meet the father of Kyp Durron (from the Jedi Academy Trilogy as well as later
We may also meet a relative of
Padme's and it seems pretty certain that Boba Fett will appear (with vague hints
of other Mandalorians.) Also, there may be a relative of Baron Papanoida, the
Lucas cameo in ROTS, in General Papanoida. We'll see Bib Fortuna and Oola as
The characters will be more nuanced
as the focus will be on character development, more so than the films were able
Action and excitement will abound
as the films will mimic the spirit of the Original Trilogy, only edgier.
The Death Star plans may be
featured (which is interesting to note as the novel on the subject comes out
All in all, some interesting news
to get fans salivating for the series! I think it's great that they're
continuing to embrace the EU. Rick McCullum had said recently that they were
thinking of hiring writers that had worked on some of the books and comics, so
that's a major step in the right direction.
9/25/07 Added the
cover for the fourth Shadows of the Empire mini-comic, which came in
the mail today, and surprise of surprises... it's a completely new
comic. Where the other three mini-comics have a script by Ryder
Windham and artwork by Bill Hughes, the fourth one with Luke, Xixor and
Fett on the cover has a script by John Wagner and is illustrated by Ron
Randall, and it's exclusive to this rare mini-comic. The story
covers the time from the Boba Fett's departure on Gall to Luke's departure
on Tatooine in the 16th chapter of the Shadows of the Empire novel.
Pretty cool, but a very rare item. Your best bet in finding this may
be to track down the original AMT/ERTL model kit it came packaged
with (which was included in the Return of the Jedi Millennium Falcon
and the "Encounter with Yoda on Dagobah" set and possibly others.)
Look for the sticker on top of the box advertising the Shadows of the
Empire comic inside.
9/20/07 The TV Shows Lucas
TV Guide has a really good
interview with George Lucas discussing his two upcoming shows, the animated
Clone Wars and the as-yet unnamed live-action show. Lucas clarifies some
things that will make fans happy. You can check it out
Some of the highlights include confirmation of the fact that Clone Wars will be
100 episodes (they're almost half-way there now) and it's currently being
shopped around. Lucas feels that because it's neither off-color "adult"
humor or kiddie stuff, the networks don't know how to market it (real geniuses,
aren't they?!) So it's a PG-13 show. That's pretty cool! And
as for the live-action show, same kinda deal: 100 episodes, produced beforehand
and shopped around. Lucas talks about how this show will allow him to
explore his universe in a way that he couldn't with the films b/c they were
primarily about Darth Vader and his story. And here's a quote regarding
that latter series that's pretty exciting for SW fans: "conceptually, it's so
much more interesting than anything I've ever done before." Now THAT'S
saying a lot! Lucas goes on to talk about some of his favorite shows and
his annoyance that Rome was cancelled. Good stuff all around. Also
too you'll notice just how excited Lucas is in general about both of his
upcoming series. These aren't just money-making schemes; you can tell he's
totally into these and is enjoying himself! As has been said before, Star
Wars is not only NOT dead; it's just coming to life (and in a whole new way)!
9/19/07 The year 32 BBY wherein
the events up to and including The Phantom Menace is going through
a major overhaul to more accurately reflect what story goes where.
This includes breaking up the novelization a bit since it contains some EU
material that's been adapted in comics and other sources. Because
the Scholastic and Dark Horse adaptations are directly from the film, I
don't see the need to break those up into chapters, although I will
consider it over the course of the next few days. This may be the
start of an entire overhaul for how the films and their ancillary and
supplementary sources are handled on this timeline. Obviously, I
don't want it to get to the point of ridiculousness. I don't think
even the most ardent fan of chronology is served by pausing the film at
various intervals throughout in order to jump into this book or that
graphic novel. But where the novelization is considered, I think a
chapter-breakdown to allow room for other stories which take place
in-between chapters (or even pages if needed) may be a nice balance point.
We'll see how it goes...
**Update: Well, it seems
The Phantom Menace era is done. I may yet split up the the
Scholastic young readers adaptation (although I think I'll leave the Manga
adaptation as is). So far I like what I see...
9/16/07 The Rise and Fall...
...of release dates! Head to
your bookstores: Both The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader and The Last of
the Jedi #8 are out now (at least in NY)!!
9/13/07 The New Rule!
The upcoming sequel to Darth
Bane: Path of Destruction now has a cover (as displayed on the
Random House website), and what a weird one it is! I love it!
Check out Rain/Darth Zannah! Apparently she's all grown-up, and she's
adopted the double-lightsaber first wielded by Exar Kun! Can't wait for
Darth Bane: Rule of Two
should be hitting bookstores on December 26th!
9/10/07 Dark Horse Announces New
Though not much information has yet
been given, Dark Horse announced a new Star Wars ... series? mini-series?
graphic novel? Whatever it is, it's called Vector, and the main
character from it (a new character) will purportedly crossover to each of the
other four Dark Horse series, apparently from the KOTOR series (set roughly 3900
BBY) to the Legacy series (set 137 years after A New Hope.) John Jackson
Miller and John Ostrander will be the head writers on the series which is being
described like the Civil War. More info as it comes up...
9/10/07 I've rewritten and
expanded my essay "On Swamp Thing" to better express my feelings toward
the first two series, its triumphs and flaws, and the mockery that came
later. You can check that out
8/26/07 Sue Speaks Out!
There's a nice interview with
executive editor for Lucasfilm Licensing Sue Rostoni over at
can find it here.
You'll also find another interview with her and the creative minds behind the
Legacy of the Force authors in the upcoming novel Inferno due out
8/24/07 Some of you may be
wondering why I haven't been posting the minor updates I've been making on
a nearly day-to-day basis. No real answer other than lack of time
and frequency of the updates. As I go through the timeline
chronologically, I've been noticing and correcting minor mistakes and
tweaking things for improved accuracy. Others have helped in this
regard (a big shout-out to you guys at the Dark Horse Boards!) and it's
appreciated! But for the most part, these haven't been
earth-shattering changes. I'll try and record them here if I feel
they're significant enough or if you tell me you really want to know every
time anything on the timeline changes. I am planning on putting up a
Jude Watson timeline so that you guys can see how we come to the
conclusions we do about the dates. But more on this later.
8/9/07 Minor tweaks all week
long, particularly to the Rise of the Empire
era and the Jedi Apprentice series of books.
8/3/07 Marvel Star Wars Action
The very first action figure from
the EU of the Marvel series (as opposed to just the movie adaptations) is
exclusively hitting the Walmart shelves on October 1st. From issue #81:
Jawas of Doom: Boba Fett (with Sarlacc slime and a Death Star droid.)
Some of you might remember that Fett first escaped the Sarlacc soon after the
end of Return of the Jedi in this issue. He ended right back into
it when he got trapped in an out-of-control sandcrawler (only to have a much
more difficult time escaping the second time.) This is exciting news and
hopefully the first of many Marvel Star Wars characters to debut in the Hasbro
line. Let's hope we start getting some characters exclusive to the line
(Lumiya, Jaxxon, Flint (in Sith armor), Dani the Zeltron and Den the Nagai would
be great to see one day!) Also expect on October 1st some troops (Commander
Keller and Galactic Marine to be more specific) from the Dark
Horse series Republic.
7/30/07 And that's why you don't
As some of you are aware, contrary
to rumors the San Diego Comic Con produced no news on the upcoming Ultimate Star
Wars DVD box set, much to the chagrin of those of us who've been anxiously
awaiting some glimmerings of this. And no, the Lego Star Wars Saga and
Indiana Jones video games are no damn substitute, not even close, thank you very
much! Ok, so we continue wait. But it is starting to look like the
30th anniversary will pass without a release. Maybe next year? We
can hope. For all of you annoyed by this and wondering why Lucas and LFL
are suddenly so gunshy about releasing a new box set, you can thank that faction
of online fandom; you know them as the loud-mouth, vitriolic so-called purists
out there who constantly complain that Lucas is greedy and raping them every
time a new video or DVD was released. That's always the way: the rest of
us suffer because of the idiots and jackasses out there. If there's one
thing we can thank the Prequels for, it's getting rid of a nice chunk of those
losers. Let's hope the upcoming TV series don't bring them back (or a
whole bunch of new ones in!) Signing off.
I don't normally post rumors, but
as this is pertinent to news I've posted on this site and which many of you are
interested in, here goes: The word around town is that Lucasfilm has a special
surprise in store for those of you attending the San Diego Comic-Com.
Despite evidence to the contrary, there may be an announcement that the
long-awaited "Ultimate" Star Wars Saga DVD Box Set may be released this
year after all!! Remember, this is only a rumor, but the weekend is upon
us and we'll find out for sure in a day or so.
A lot of us have been awaiting a
box set of new editions of the films for some time. We know Lucas redid
Yoda from The Phantom Menace for just such a release, and there's been
speculation and rumors about extended editions for some time. What many would
really like to see is what they're doing with the upcoming Blade Runner Final
Cut, and that is a release of several different editions: a two-disc set
with the new Final Cut and a new documentary for casual fans; a four-disc
set with everything from the two-disc, plus 3 additional versions of the film
(the original theatrical, the international version and the '92 Director's Cut),
and finally an ultimate 5-disc version in a special case which includes
everything from the previous versions plus a rare "workprint" version packaged
with all kinds of neat stuff for fans (check
out for further details.) Could you imagine a Star Wars set like
the latter one!
Personally, I must admit that my
main interest lies in whatever new editions he may have cooked up in the editing
room. There is a lot of deleted footage from all six films (some finished,
some unfinished that would need work) which could be presented either as a
separate "Deleted Scenes" section or within the body of the film itself.
Hopefully we'll find out exactly what's in store for us in the next few days.
With the 30th Anniversary this year and really not much happening in a big way
now that Celebration IV and Celebration Europe is behind us and The Force
Unleashed multimedia event has been pushed to 2008, a huge box set release
would be just what the doctor ordered.
I also think too that from a
marketing standpoint, it's the right time. With the HD/Blu-Ray format war
waging (and some say coming to a swift end in favor of Blu-Ray), we may see
players dropping considerably in price and people starting to gravitate towards
the high-definition format. What that means is that by next year more and
more of the movie-buying audience will begin clamoring for high-definition
releases, and even more the following year. So, if LFL is going to do a
big (and likely expensive) standard-def DVD set, now would be the time.
7/26/07 Finally sorted out how
the comics Purge and the first story-arch of Dark Times fit
into the scheme of the Dark Lord novel. They're all set just
before Part II in the book. Sorry for any prior confusion...
Check it out at 19 BBY in Rise of the Empire
or History. Update: Changed again.
Clearly I have trouble counting. The war the Jedi fight against the
Mandalorians (as shown in flashback to Open Seasons #3 takes place at 34
7/16/07 Rick McCallum at
Listen to the full audio program
here. Otherwise, here are the highlights from Star
Wars producer Rick McCallum yesterday at Celebration Europe:
Expect all six Star Wars films to
begin the process of being made into 3D in 2009 when Cameron's film Avatar is
released in 3D. Expect Peter Jackson to also do the Lord of the Rings
Trilogy in 3D as well. (Note: this is a new 3D technology that is nothing
like the 1950's version and is said to be truly amazing.)
Lucas and McCallum are traveling
the world looking for writers for the upcoming live-action TV series. The pair
are also considering using writers from the books and comics of the EU. If
everything "goes right" we might be seeing 400 episodes that go on for years and
additional concurrent series! They're going to use the technology
that's been developed to make each episode look like a feature film. They
should begin casting in June of next year and conceptual artists have already
been working on it for a few months. McCallum reasserted that this is
going to be a darker, character-based series.
Lucas has shot about 15 episodes of
the upcoming Clone Wars 3D animated series. You can find the new trailer
for this series (which debuted at Celebration Europe)
Young Indiana Jones Volume 1 (of 3)
will debut on October 13th with the following one in January and the final one
shortly after the release of Indy IV in theaters. They've filmed 100
documentaries to go with each episode of the series.
Update: One further bit of
news not available in the audio: The Star Wars films will not be released in
High Definition until a clear winner has emerged in the format war.
Interesting news indeed!
7/13/07 Minor updates the last
few days. Each day I'm trying to add at least two sourcebooks or RPG
adventures from West End Games (or Wizards of the Coast) to the timeline.
Some of these come in the form of very short stories (some no more than a
paragraph) others in the form of adventure seeds; still others are just
new character bios. I've tried to place each where appropriate:
stories dealing with the main characters, locales or ongoing story in the
main section, adventures in the new RPG sections and short stories with no
recognizable people or places in the "Circa" sections.
7/10/07 Added title of upcoming
Last of the Jedi novella (due in August): Against the Empire!
7/9/07 More changes.
Added new Adventure Journal page and
Horse members continue to help make this timeline more accurate, this time
the padawan Clone Wars! Added some flashbacks in the
Rise of the Empire era. Added a
chronology of how Jedi vs. Sith lines up with Darth Bane:
Path of Destruction.
7/8/07 More Official Star
Wars Adventure Journal
Issue #17 is now online. This
is a far more abbreviated issue as only four main stories exist. You can
check it out starting here.
6/27/07 Thanks to Korod Vos on
the DH boards, I made some changes to better reflect the accuracy of the
original sources. "Yaddle's Tale: The One Below" (from Tales
#5) is now at 42 BBY with the flasback at circa 300-100 BBY. The
flashback in "Vow of Justice" from Prelude to Rebellion is at 88
BBY. The flashback in Prelude to Rebellion #0 has been placed
at 74 BBY. The flashback in Aurra's Song is now at 36 BBY,
with the frame story at Circa 30-23 BBY.
6/26/07 More fiction from West
End Games sourcebook, this time the
Movie Trilogy Sourcebook scattered throughout the
Era of Rebellion. I also broke up
the Darklighter story-arch to better reflect when certain sections
take place and when the old "Mutiny on the Rand Ecliptic" short story
might fit in. It's not a pretty fit, however, as the author of
Darklighter didn't take that story into account (save to utilize
Captain Heliesk) and there are several elements that could use some retcon
glue. Also added the Gamer article, "Starhoppers of Aduba 3"
(2 ABY). Don't ask me how I missed this one initially as it's a
favorite topic of mine! Update: Added some entries from the
Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook.
6/24/07 Added short fiction
The Star Wars Sourcebook to the Rebellion
(0-2 ABY) and Rise of the Empire (2-0
BBY) eras. Update: Added fiction pieces from the
Imperial Sourcebook and
Rebel Alliance Sourcebook.
6/17/07 More Dark Lords...
It appears that in place of the
cancelled Darth Plagueis novel, there will be a sequel to Drew Karpyshyn's
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction! Good news indeed! Fans can
expect this book at the end of this year according to the Random House site,
which is listing it at 12/26/07!
Update: For those interested
in seeing how the comic book series (and trade paperback) Jedi vs. Sith
(which the author based his novel on) meshes chronologically with the Darth
Bane: Path of Destruction book, click
6/14/07 Added cover images of
Clone Wars Adventures #8,
6/7/07 Shifted The Bounty
Hunters Wars into more accurate positions in the
Era of Rebellion. Added Empire
at War to Infinities. Added "The
Ordeal of Boba Fett" to the 4 ABY in the
Era of Rebellion page. Also added fiction portions of the
Dark Empire Sourcebook to The New Republic
page. Added fiction portions of the
Jedi Academy Sourcebook to The New Republic
5/30/07 Added Rogue Squadron
video game trilogy to the Infinities section
of the game boxes.
5/27/07 CLONE WARS TRAILER!
This thing looks unbelievably
good!! Forget anything Tartakovsky did, this trailer is full blown amazing
3D animated action that looks and sounds like an extension of the films!
Wow! Check it out
here! And kudos to everyone involved. This show is going to kick
some serious butt when it debuts in 2008!!
Another video worth watching on
that same page is the documentary for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
There's lots of clips of the game, its designers and the story behind how Lucas
had a lot of input into the concept. The Force Unleashed will debut
in 2008 for the Playstation 360, but non-gamers can rejoice that there will also
be a book and graphic novel to accompany it!
Finally, let's also not fail to
mention that the redesigned Official Site
5/25/07 C4 News...
...comes trickling in. First
bit: Book 9, the last novel in the Legacy of the Force series will be
called Invincible. And don't forget that Book 5: Sacrifice
comes out in four days!
5/25/07 30 Years Ago Today...
Star Wars film debuted in theaters across the United States. For an entire
generation of young people who loved and continue to love the saga that may be a
little hard to wrap your head around. It's a milestone for the film and a
tribute to the enduring success of the franchise, the fans and the visionary who
created it all! Happy Anniversary Star Wars and many more to come!
5/16/07 Star Wars History...
...coming to TV on the History
Channel. A very unique and fascinating documentary is going to debut this
month on the 29th that's well worth checking out at 9:00:
Monday, May 28, 2007
8-9pm -- Star Wars Tech -
Take a look at the technology shown throughout the six
films and examine their
viability through the eyes of cold hard science. Could a Death Star really be
built? Can you build an army of clones? What is 3-D imaging, and where the can
you get a Light Saber? Travel to a galaxy far, far away to answer all of these
questions and more.
9-11pm -- Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed -
The story of
descent into darkness and his son Luke's quest to conquer evil has
spellbound audiences for
30 years. The reason for this is simple: the saga of Star Wars is universal and
firmly rooted in the mythology and the political history of the entire planet.
May 2007 will mark the 30th anniversary of
space fantasy that grossed billions worldwide. For the first time take a
profound look at the serious subtext behind Lucas' six film milestone. The
influence of ancient mythology from Greek legends to King Arthur is visible; but
also more recent historical influences, from the political rise of Napoleon to
the machinations of Adolf Hitler can be seen.
5/14/07 Added the Tales of
the Jedi Companion to the Sith Era
5/13/07 There will be some
minor changes and fine-tuning to the timeline as I go through everything
chronologically for the first time in years. Eg., I expect to
incorporate more of the stories in the "circa" sections to less ambiguous
time-frames if warranted and appropriate.
5/10/07 After much work,
Adventure Journal #16
is up for viewing. Thank you to everyone responsible in enabling
this to be presented for posterity and for the fans!
5/10/07 The Official Star
Wars Adventure Journal Returns...
After much time and preparation, you can read what would have been
Adventure Journal #16 right here.
Thank you to everyone responsible for providing me with the original materials.
You can read more about it on "Old Horizons" from the
contents page. Please
note: This manuscript was in a rough state and was not in its polished, final
form when West End Games lost the Star Wars license. I've done my best to
clean it up, but it's still pretty rough and is provided solely as an archival,
non-profit treat for the fans and for the sake of posterity. Enjoy!
covers for Prima
Guides: X-Wing, TIE-Fighter and X-Wing Alliance, and X-Wing Combat
Simulator, Guide and "The Farlander Papers." Added "A Path to
Victory" (from X-Wing Alliance) to 'circa 3 ABY' in the
Era of Rebellion.
5/3/07 Lots of little changes
and tweaks to the overhaul of last week, particularly to the
Era of Rebellion.
4/27/07 Major overhaul to the
History portion of the Star Wars site. In particular, these changes
reflect more consistent (and eye-pleasing) formatting and will be
replicated throughout the other eras.
4/16/07 Pick up the Children!
Children of Hurin that is! Tomorrow, Tuesday April 17, 2007, J.R.R.
Tolkien's first prose-style fantasy book since The Lord of the Rings
will be released nationwide. If you're in the NY area, head over to Barnes
and Noble (the one on 5th and 46th) and grab a limited edition, signed (by
Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee) copy! For more details,
Other bookstores throughout the U.S. are hosting special events as well, for a
complete list, check out www.theonering.net.
4/6/07 Star Wars Chronological
Feel free to join us in whatever way fits your lifestyle and
reading pleasure. Tell your friends too!
If you'd like to participate in discussions, feel free to drop a
line at the Dark Horse boards in the thread: "My
Here is the first schedule for the month of
Drop me a line if you're
interested in receiving future mailings! Look forward to having
3/31/07 Schedules and
As many of you have already heard,
The Force Unleashed multimedia event for 2007 will in fact not be
released in 2007, but 2008. Video game, book, comics, action figures,
etc., all have been pushed back to '08. At least we're still getting it.
More disappointing is the reveal that James Luceno's Darth Plagueis novel has
been cancelled. (See Sue Rostoni's blog for details).
For more details on the revised
schedule, see Upcoming Tales. Maybe this will
ensure that we see the DVD box set many of us have been waiting for...
Time will tell.
3/28/07 Further delineations in
the late Rise of the Empire era,
particularly in the former 2-0 BBY years. Also designated the
specific strips which correspond to the Tales from the Mos Eisley
Cantina short story, "A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale." Re-posted
the two rare Middle-Earth novellas by Bradley, "The Parting of Arwen" and
"The Jewel of Arwen," to make them larger and more visible. Thanks
to James Leady for the heads-up!
3/27/07 Continuing to make
further changes, or more accurately delineations, this time to the
Rise of the Empire era, specifically to
the time period surrounding the years leading up to the Battle of Yavin,
more specifically 3-0 BBY. Moved the first part of "The Tale of
IG-88" to just before the Droids cartoon series in 15 BBY. Added
covers of UK exclusive trades,
Droids: Season of Revolt and
River of Chaos. Also added cover of
Dig Magazine containing Luke Skywalker story. Update: Finally,
delineated the 2-0 BBY period and added hardcover (HC) page numbers to the
Darth Bane: POD chronology.
Major changes to the
Shadows of the Empire tie-in material, including the book, comics,
mini-comic, specials and pop-up Battle of the Bounty Hunter.
See the Era of
Rebellion for details.
Infinities section and incorporation of
tales into the History section.
stories to the History page and dating them
on the Infinities page. Moved Jabba
the Hutt 1-4 to the Era of Rebellion
(Year 1) and listed the individual issue titles. Also placed
Visionaries: "Old Wounds" in Infinities due to current thought that it
is non-canon likely due to Maul's killing Watto — Watto is said to have
lived into the Rebellion era, though from what source that comes I can't
tell (possibly the game Galaxies.)
3/13/07 Continued incorporating
stories to the History page and dating them
on the Infinities page. Added
Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas
cover and entry to the "Circa 5 and 6 ABY" section on the
New Republic page. Added
The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide
cover and entry to the "Circa 14 ABY" section on the
New Republic page.
3/11/07 Added new page:
Upcoming Tales for keep track of upcoming Star
Wars books and comics. See Latest News
page for more info. Also added cover images of
3/5/07 Changed continuity notes
Ewoks films and cartoon series to better reflect the ambiguous status
of their chronology. Added cover image of
Republic Commando: True Colors (gorgeous cover IMO) and changed
its placement to 7-12 months after Episode II. "101
Star Wars Stories You Can't Live Without" has become "111." The
symbol designating the Reviews and
Recommendations pages has been changed
to the logo for the Imperial Department of Military Research (which seemed
appropriate.) I'm also in the process of adding Infinities stories
to the body of the timeline itself to aid readers in seeing where they
would take place on the timeline if they were in continuity. Changed
the wording from "Also During the ___ period" to "Circa ___." Thanks
to Chad Walton for the nudge! Replaced Galactic Battlegrounds
short story into the Rise of the Empire
era (in between chapters of Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader.)
3/11/07 30th Anniversary
In honor of this being Star Wars'
30th Anniversary, George Lucas and LFL are doing a lot to show the world that
Star Wars is alive and well. This will include postage stamps, The
Force Unleashed multimedia event (comprising books, comics, a video-game,
action-figures), Celebration 4, and hopefully news of the Ultimate DVD box set
of the films. In keeping with this celebratory theme, I'm going to keep a
list of upcoming releases on a new page called Upcoming
Tales. Thanks to Chad Walton for the idea and updated compilation!
3/04/07 Star Wars TV
There's been lots of talk and
interviews lately about the upcoming Clone Wars 3D animated series. To sum
up: There will be around 100 episodes involving the known cast and a some new
characters including a Togruta padawan named Osaka (a Togruta is species
represented by Shaak Ti in the prequels.) It will capture the feel of the
films in a 3D animated style and look like "nothing on television." It is
currently in production after which Lucas will shop it around to various
stations. Look for a 2008 debut. Now in 2009, hopefully we'll be
seeing the live-action show which is set after Episode 3. There are rumors
still floating around that Boba Fett will feature in it, and Lucas did confirm
that it will not focus on any of the major characters from the prequels, but one
of the side characters. Lucas said that while he will not do episodes 7,
8, and 9, that "Star Wars is not dead" and that its future is on TV. Video
game fans will be happy to note that a new video game is in the works based on
the upcoming Clone Wars 3D series.
2/26/07 Start the Petitions!
Bad news from thedigitalbits.com:
"You know that mega-bombad 9-disc
Ultimate Star Wars Saga
box set that's been in the works for a few years now? The one that was expected
to be released later this year to celebrate the 30th Anniversary? Yeah... maybe
not so much anymore.
Click here to
read the rest, and then start sending your polite petitions and pleas to
Lucasfilm ASAP! There still may be time to get this box set released
this year, the 30th Anniversary!
Reminder: Don't forget to pick up
Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Exile tomorrow!!
2/26/07 Short fiction story,
The Battle of Cadinth
by former WEG'er Bill Smith is available on
Hyperspace as part of their
Insider #92 supplement.
webstrips to the Era of Rebellion and
History pages. This is a tentative
placement under the "Also in the 0-2 ABY Period" section until author
Pablo Hidalgo releases more concrete information. Added placement
for upcoming novel,
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
New Republic era.
2/22/07 Spawn of Shadows!
In wholly unforseen news, the
official site posted this very exciting synopsis of an upcoming Matt Stover
novel that will take place in the aftermath of Marvel's post-ROTJ comics dealing
with Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewie's team-up with Fenn Shysa and the Mandalorians
to defeat Lord Shadowspawn on the world of Mindor. So devastating was this
battle it caused Luke to resign his commission!
the Official Site: The Battle of Mindor is one of the great
conflicts of the Galactic Civil War that has yet to be documented in a
novel, but best-selling author Matthew Stover is tackling this conflict
as the subject matter of his new Star Wars novel.
Due out in
and the Shadows of Mindor tells the
tale of the Alliance's efforts to stop Lord Shadowspawn and his
black-clad legions of shadow
shortly after the destruction of the
second Death Star.
All the classic heroes return -- Luke,
Artoo and the
pilots of Rogue Squadron -- in a thrilling adventure of good versus
evil, with the fledgling New Republic battling the stubborn remains of a
Matthew Stover is
best-known for his acclaimed novelization of Revenge of the Sith,
and his psychologically charged and challenging Star Wars novels
Traitor and Shatterpoint. Luke Skywalker and the
Shadows of Mindor is due out in hardcover in February 2008 from Del
2/18/07 Made some changes to
the About... page and shifted the
Fantasy/Faith essay over to the Reckoning
page. Added a banner on the main page for
The Hasslein Curve: A Timeline
of the Planet of the Apes.
2/17/07 Made some changes to
the Jedi Code essay. Added
a new essay to the Holocron page:
Within Fiction: Viewing the Star Wars Saga as "History."
2/17/07 The Force Will Be
who've been wondering about the pictures displayed in 'Secrets of Star Wars 07'
(above and on Hyperspace) need wonder no longer. Force Unleashed
has been confirmed as the title of a new, multimedia event from Lucasfilm and
its affiliates. It will encompass a novel by Del Rey, a comic book
mini-series from Dark Horse, a new generation video-game from Lucasarts, actions
figures and much more! This hasn't been seen since the days of Shadows
of the Empire and to myself and many fans, it is welcome news!
The story was created under the direction of George Lucas and will take place
after Episode III. For more information, check out
official site and
news will be added in the coming days. Look for the unveiling of this
multimedia event in November. ***Update: The hardcover novel will be
penned by Sean Williams (who co-wrote the NJO: Force Heretic trilogy, and
will be released in September. Good news indeed! Furthermore, it's
been released that the story focuses on Vader's first secret apprentice.
This yet unnamed character is sent by Vader to hunt down Jedi (including which
may be Ferus Olin, the Dark Woman and Asajj Ventress!)
2/14/07 New Essay
I wrote a new essay for the site:
Fiction Within Fiction: Viewing the Star Wars
Saga as "History." Enjoy! Feel free to send your thoughts to me
2/11/07 New Tolkien Book!
On April 17th, the
world will be graced with another masterpiece of fantasy literature! Check
out this snippet from
In the 33 years since
Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien passed away, his youngest
son Christopher has relentlessly plugged away at deciphering and
organizing his father's voluminous notes into further tales of Middle
Earth. On April 17, the release of The Children of Húrin — begun
by the elder Tolkien in 1918 — will bring those tales to a close.
According to the
Tolkien estate website,
The Children of Húrin ''takes the reader back to a time long
before The Lord of the Rings, in an area of Middle Earth that was
to be drowned before ever Hobbits appeared, and when the great enemy was
still the fallen Vala, Morgoth, and Sauron only his lieutenant. This
heroic romance is the tale of the Man, Húrin, who dared to defy
Morgoth's force of evil, and his family's tragic destiny, as it follows
his son Túrin Turambar's travails through the lost world of Beleriand.''
1/31/07 Allegiance Review
My review of Tim Zahn's
Allegiance is here.
1/31/07 Added placement of
Republic Commando: True Colors to immediately after Triple Zero
in the Rise of the Empire
1/29/07 Added cover image and
in the Era of Rebellion.
1/29/07 Zahn Mania
Tomorrow, two Zahn Star Wars
books hit bookstore shelves, the paperback edition of Outbound Flight (a
prequel to Survivor's Quest), starring Jorus C'baoth, Obi-Wan and Anakin
on the doomed flight into the Unknown Regions and the heart of Chiss space, and
Allegiance featuring young Mara Jade, Luke, Han, Leia and a squad of
renegade stormtroopers in the year following A New Hope.
1/26/07 Darth What?!
As per the Darth Who contest which
asked fans to submit Sith names for Jacen Solo, five names have been posted.
The general reaction from fans has been pretty negative. Needless to say,
my choice of name has not been chosen for the five, so no Darth Cabal (or Darth
Kabal) and no fan favorite Darth Solus either. The list from which you can
vote until February 27, 2007 is:
Darth Acheron (a river in
Hell for those who deny justice)
Darth Caedus (a battle of
Darth Judicar (the final
Darth Paxis (bringer of
Darth Taral (ancient Sith
for "he who protects").
As you can imagine, fan
reaction has been less than thrilled (not surprising for SW fans.)
The concept behind the name is that Jacen is choosing his own name.
So it should have to have meaning to him. My thoughts: Acheron?! Are
there Greek myths in the SW Universe? A little too obvious.
And if Judicar sounds like its more appropriate for a star destroyer,
that's because it is a star destroyer. Taral ... a little too
feminine maybe, a little too AD&D perhaps. That leaves Caedus and
Paxis as my two top choices. I'll be honest, I'm not thrilled with
either. Caedus has a nice ring to it, although Paxis isn't bad and
seems to have the most appropriate meaning. It may not be the most
"evil" sounding name, but this is Jacen we're talking about, and he thinks
he's going to be the first good Sith! Agree, don't agree?
In related news, Book 8 of
the Legacy of the Force series will be titled Revelation.
1/26/07 Dark Times #2 is
out and as with issue #1 is great! Cover posted
1/24/07 Added cover images and
placements of the two
Star Wars Manga titles (Black and Silver.) Note that all of them
are Infinities, with two exceptions,
"Phantasmagoria" which takes place at the end of Return of the Jedi
and "Dear Anakin" which is little more than a short letter from Kitster to
Anakin which I've placed just prior to Attack of the Clones.
cover for Clone Wars Adventures #7 and placement at the
six-month period after the start of the Clone Wars (this despite lack of
evidence on three of the four stories which are undated -- subject to
change if further information is forthcoming.)
1/16/07 Hyperspace has started
the Archie Goodwin strip
the Jedi. Check it out.
1/12/07 At long last,
Hyperspace has updated their fiction section with Kathy Tyers' story, "Only
Droids Serve the Maker" which first featured in the Star Wars
1/11/07 Added cover images of
the following SW issues:
Knights of the Old Republic #11 and 12,
Also added cover image of the upcoming fifth book in the Legacy of the
1/11/07 Time for the Sacrifice!
Official Site today has revealed the cover and brief synopsis of the fifth book
in the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series: Sacrifice!
This hardcover scheduled for May 22nd represents that half-way point of this
series and will undoubtedly prove a shocking and pivotal entry. This title
will also finally reveal Jacen Solo's designated Sith name which will have been
voted on by fans at the end of this month (once Del Rey and LFL editors along
with the authors of the LOTF series settle on the final five.) You can
check out the story
I actually submitted a name pretty early that I think is pretty fitting for the
character. I'll reveal it as soon as voting gets underway, and if you
agree it works, you can support it by voting on it.
In other exciting EU news, Karen
Traviss' third Republic Commando book (to be released in August '07) will
be called True Colors.
1/10/07 Added cover images of
the various Star Wars Radio Dramas from NPR (Star
The Empire Strikes Back,
Return of the Jedi) and indicated where the first two episodes of the
first dramatization (Star Wars) go during the
Rise of the Empire era.
1/06/07 Finally added the rare
cover of Dragon Books'
Droids: The Trigon Unleashed. The exclusive UK translations
of the Japanese Manga Star Wars graphic novels (produced by Tokyopop)
should be arriving soon. I'll be posting timeline (or Infinities)
entries for each story.
Lots more little
changes, this time rearranged events in the Era of Rebellion, particularly
those surrounding Lando's acquisition of Cloud City (in
Lady Luck), EV-9D9's story, the Missions books (#9-12) and
others. Some of you will be interested to note that I've added back
some more of the Star Wars Kids stories from Scholastic, primarily
Thief (minus issue #1 due to the fact that it's the primary source
of continuity problems) and
Marks the Spot (issues #6-9.) No doubt this period is the most
challenging in which to figure out the placement of stories, but it's also
conversely the most interesting as well, especially as it harkens back to
a time when authors and fans were less pedantic about exacting
chronological weeks, months and days. Fictional universes,
especially shared ones like Star Wars, function much better when dates and
times are left a little fuzzy, especially as those elements (though
interesting to some) really represent the forest for the trees.
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