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20 New ‘Star Wars’ Books Will Pave the Way to ‘The Force Awakens’


To fill in the blanks between 1983’s “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” and December’s “The Force Awakens,” roughly 20 new “Star Wars” novels will hit shelves this fall, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Released by Disney Worldwide Publishing and Lucasfilm Press, the books — geared toward adults, teens and children — will form a new expanded universe. They’re a collaboration between novelists, editors and screenwriters and filmmakers from the Lucasfilm brain trust.

“The partnership with the story group and the editorial team always had to be true to the sanctity of the film while making sure that we find these moments to introduce hints, clues, and puzzle pieces,” Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide, said in a statement. “Without revealing what those pieces are, it will just allow readers to speculate about the new film: What could a location mean, or what could a character mean?”

As the books are still in the final writing and editing stages, plot details are scarce and closely guarded. However, a few authors and titles have been revealed:  “Moving Target” by Cecil Castellucci, which centers on Princess Leia; “The Weapon of the Jedi” by Jason Fry  about Luke Skywalker; “Lost Stars” by Claudia Gray, author of the “Evernight” fantasy series; and Greg Rucka’s “Smuggler’s Run,” which follows Han Solo.

Marvel will also get in on the action, releasing one prequel called “Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens” and a preview story from C-3PO’s perspective.

“Star War: The Force Awakens” opens Dec. 18.


  • Crimsonrain

    Gonna pass on them this time…lol..had I known all this was going to go down back in 1991 I wouldn’t have spent all the money I did on books that have no purpose in continuity anymore. Not blaming anyone but me on that.

  • Dishtv Kamal

    i like this article and its very easy t understand.

  • Saito

    Because if it doesnt “count” its not worth reading ammirite?

    Rucka writing Han Solo. Wild horses couldnt keep me from that!

  • Noviere

    But did you enjoy reading them?

  • BeastieRunner

    Are the book still on your shelf? Do the words still work? Does your imagination still run wild? You’ll be okay.

    Just be glad you’re not a comic book reader! We’ve been dealign with this retroactive continuity for decades!

  • BeastieRunner

    Hell to the yes!

  • OncomingStorm7

    I’m wondering how many full blown novels there are in that. So far it seems like Aftermath is the only non-junior/YA novel of the bunch, and the rest of the “20” are aimed at a young audience.

  • Dean_Winchester

    Has he wrote in prose before? Everything I see for him is a comic.

  • Dean_Winchester

    Based of “A New Dawn”, “Tarkin”, and “Heir to the Jedi”, I don’t have high hopes for the rest of these. I’ll probably still check them out though.

  • Crimsonrain

    lol….actually I am. I started reading comics as a hobby back with the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. At the time with comics being how cheap they were…I was collecting everything DC put out…some Marvels and a few independent books. Now due to a whole list of reasons…I’m down to a few Indy books, Miracleman reprints from Marvel and for DC…right now…a few of the limited like Worlds End, Futures end and Multiversity. As far as monthlies go…the only DC I’m picking up is Earth 2…soon to be Earth 2: Society.

    As far as the star wars books go…yeah they are on my shelves…yeah I did enjoy reading them…but I’m just not going to put the $ or time into reading any of the new books. I’ll enjoy the movies by themselves.

  • Officer Dog

    Yeah he has a few prose series. the current one (which has both Alpha and Bravo so far) is good!

  • Rat

    Wasn’t his first novel published before he started writing comics?

  • Morgan Steele

    That’s OK. Your tastes will change. I won’t be on board with the new Star Wars books either, and that’s OK. I moved on from the Star Trek books years ago, too.

    They’re looking for new fans, and I’m reading other things. Everyone wins. I’ll always have a fondness for the Star Wars expanded universe (and Timothy Zahn).

  • Deborah

    Welp. There goes my last quarter of the year.

  • TicaPool

    Man, I don’t think I can jump into another EU just yet. I love the EU, and I don’t care is it got retconned. But I love the EU because of what the base films meant to me as a kid. I’ll have to see the movie first and get a vibe for things before making a decision. Plus, I’m still behind on all the Old Republic stuff (which I think still counts, right?), so I have more than enough to read in the meantime.