Kay Reviews A New Dawn

Kay is back with a review of the latest Star Wars Books release, A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. The novel is a prequel to the upcoming television series Star Wars Rebels, and includes the backstory on the two older protagonists in the show, Kanan and Hera.

From Kay’s review:

A New Dawn marks the beginning of a new era in Star Wars books. This is the first book to come out under the guidance of the Lucasfilm Story Group, responsible for coordinating all Star Wars stories going forward no matter the medium. All the previously published books of the Expanded Universe are now known as Legends. And while I understand why this decision was made and applaud the idea of better overall coordination, the April announcement left me heartbroken. I’ve spent many years of my life with those now legendary tales. I didn’t always love where some authors took the stories, but I came to know those characters of the post-Return of the Jedi era inside and out. Now their fates are up in the air. They may reappear as I knew them, in another form, or never again – with no known date when we’d know for sure. So I thought that this might be my exit point from reading anything new about that galaxy far, far away.

One person’s involvement made me decide to at least give this relaunch a chance: John Jackson Miller.

Click here for her full review.

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Fangirls of the Day Back in Business

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Submit your favorite fangirl to Her Universe’s Fangirl of the Day. . . . → Read More: Fangirls of the Day Back in Business

Path Dependence in Star Wars Storytelling

In Star Wars lore, Yoda famously described a variation on path dependence, too: “Once you set foot down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” Path dependence has a long history in prior Star Wars stories, and its impact will be felt on all of the new Star Wars stories coming in the years ahead. . . . → Read More: Path Dependence in Star Wars Storytelling

Tricia Joins Star Wars in the Classroom Spec Ops Team

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Tricia joins Star Wars In The Classroom’s Spec Ops Team. . . . → Read More: Tricia Joins Star Wars in the Classroom Spec Ops Team

Fangirls Going Rogue Episode 10: Fangirls Geek Out Loud

On this month’s episode of Fangirls Going Rogue, Steve Glosson of Geek Out Loud joins Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr for a lively and fun discussion about Star Wars.

Before getting started, the hosts sent their thoughts and prayers out to Robin Williams and his loved ones.

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After the segue to end all segues, Teresa shared listener emails on a variety of topics, including cosplay and fandom fatherhood. The ladies are always happy to hear that listeners are surprised they enjoy hearing about Star Wars from the fangirl perspective!

Steve Glosson photobombs the Fangirls Going Rogue at the RebelForce Radio meet-up at Star Wars Weekends. (Photo by David Manderville)

After the Fangirls bestowed Steve with the title of honorary fangirl, he shared his first memories of Star Wars – falling asleep during The Empire Strikes Back! – and what being a fan means to him.

What’s new in Star Wars? Apparently a lot! Tricia, Teresa, and Steve shared their favorites. They include the new Star Wars Rebels clips, Vanessa Marshall and Tiya Sircar being admitted into the Mandalorian Mercs, San Diego Comic-Con’s Hallmark exclusives, A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, Episode VII filming in Ireland, a fanfilm with ties to a University of Georgia football star, and Kevin Smith’s reaction to his visit to Pinewood Studios.

After an explanation of Justin Bolger’s tweet from the Star Wars Rebels panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Steve helped the fangirls . . . → Read More: Fangirls Going Rogue Episode 10: Fangirls Geek Out Loud

Ridley Roundup: August 2014

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Not much news about Daisy Ridley during the filming hiatus, which leads to some FANgirl ramblings on the possibility of a female lead in Episode VII. . . . → Read More: Ridley Roundup: August 2014

Diversity Wins At The 2014 Hugo Awards

This weekend, science fiction’s prestigious Hugo Awards were presented at Loncon 3. From Charlie Jane Anders’ recap at io9:

This was really a year that underscored that a younger generation of diverse writers are becoming central to the genre and helping to redefine and expand it. In particular, Leckie beating The Wheel of Time, Chu’s inspirational speech and Hurley’s double victory felt like a sea change.

Ancillary Justice by 48-year-old American Ann Leckie won Best Novel. This debut novel also has won the Nebula Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award. It is a space opera with a female protagonist that relies on in media res to unfold the narrative. This storytelling technique of learning as the reader goes along is utilized in the Star Wars movies, but became underutilized in Star Wars prose when the novels began to rely heavily on existing knowledge of the galaxy far far away and its lore.

Other notable wins were Sofia Samatar for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Sarah Webb for Best Fan Artist; “The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com) for Best Short Story; “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor.com) for Best Novellete; the movie Gravity for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form; Ginjer Buchanan for Best Editor, Long Form; and Ellen Datlow for Best Editor, Short Form.

Winner of the Best Semiprozine, Lightspeed Magazine, ran the highly successful Kickstarter for Issue #49: Women Destroy Science Fiction, which was featured here at FANgirl.

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Carrie Fisher Talks To THR About Robin Williams

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Carrie Fisher shares memories of Robin Williams. . . . → Read More: Carrie Fisher Talks To THR About Robin Williams

Fangirl Chat 17: An Oral History of Fandom with Maggie Nowakowska

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Fangirl Chat takes a trip down memory lane to find out what it was like to be a Star Wars fangirl in 1977. . . . → Read More: Fangirl Chat 17: An Oral History of Fandom with Maggie Nowakowska

Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo Join RebelForce Radio

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Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo join Jason and Jimmy Mac on a special episode of RebelForce Radio. . . . → Read More: Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo Join RebelForce Radio