Tomorrow the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels backlist goes digital, with over 100 titles being made available as ebooks. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be highlighting books on that list that I’ve enjoyed as a Star Wars fan in a Summer Reading Roundup. I’ll also feature specific books from the backlist in my new series Looking for Strong Female Heroines, in which I’ll suggest story arcs that will fill your fangirl cravings for heroine-centric tales.
In the meantime, here are some interesting tidbits I’ve spotted around the web:
In an interview at Suvudu.com, Michael A. Stackpole was asked if he would ever return to Star Wars. Previously, fans have been unsure if the popular author didn’t want to return to the GFFA or if other forces were at work. I’m not sure it really matters to fans at this point, just that he’s been sorely missed. Here’s his response:
I love Star Wars. If Del Rey ever decided that having me return and, say, write another X-wing book, or more about Corran Horn, I’d definitely be interested. It would all depend on their needs and our mutual schedule.
There is a new hope for Star Wars EU fans, who would probably salivate over another X-wing book, or a story about Corran Horn and his family, or maybe a tale exposing the Fel family backstory. The fans over at TFN Literature, who have been pretty apathetic recently about the books in general, certainly were showing their enthusiasm this week for the potential of Stackpole’s return to Star Wars.
As I noted in that thread, because Stackpole is a fast writer and well-versed in the ins and outs of e-publishing, there is an opportunity here to get a great story out as an ebook, bypassing the long delays created by the traditional elongated schedule for print books. One of the areas Star Wars books have struggled is reacting to changes in market demand. Publishing a fan-favorite book electronically, then bringing the print release out a year later with bonus material, would certainly garner more enthusiasm than the mere possibility generated by Stackpole’s interview.
Just a reminder: Next month’s book for the Cantina Book Club is X-wing: Rogue Squadron, which comes out tomorrow.
Some of you may already follow Stackpole’s blog about the rise of ebooks and publishing, but there is another Star Wars author alumn, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who blogs about the changes in the industry. Yesterday, through @NJOENews, I found this Star Wars-related blog at Bordersblog.com. She talks a bit about Han Solo, romance, and the reason he’s such an appealing character for women.
Rusch’s Star Wars: The New Rebellion will be available tomorrow as well.
Finally, with Timothy Zahn’s Choices of One coming out next month, I found a recent post he made on Facebook quite entertaining.
Years ago, a woman confronted me at a convention and took me to task over her belief that Mara had acted badly out of character in another author’s recent book. I tried to explain that I hadn’t written that book, but it made no difference — the woman still blamed *me* for Mara’s lack of consistency. It made for an interesting conversation…
You’ve got to love passionate fans policing characterization, but it’s more productive if the ire is aimed at the right party. Since Mara’s last appearance in an EU novel not written by Zahn resulted in her death, most likely the fan was feeling the sting. Anyway there was no irony lost on me in the exchange about continuity with a fan because Zahn’s been credited with introducing at least a few glitches into the EU. Chak Fel, anyone?
Also over at my author website triciabarr.com, my latest excerpt has been posted. My yet-to-be-titled first novel is a space opera centered on the adventures of a young woman thrust into the heart of an epic battle to save an entire moon from a savage invasion. I hope you’ll check it out.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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