Galactic News Minute (3.14-3.20)
Some big announcements from Del Rey were made today at C2E2. These are via @swactionnews.
1) James Luceno’s Darth Plagueis novel is finished and will be out in the next year. Link
2) The Phantom Menace and Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter novels to each have a new James Luceno short story featuring Darth Maul. Link
4) Nothing is planned at the moment, but Del Rey would like to publish another “Tales Of” book. Link
5) ‘The Making of’ Return of the Jedi has been officially announced. Link
6) Original short stories are returning to Star Wars Insider. Next will be “First Blood” by Christie Golden then “Buyer’s Market” by Timothy Zahn featuring Lando Calrissian. Link
New blog from Drew Karpysyhn today, where he confirms the Random House 2011 fall catalog The Old Republic #3 product information. Link
A few updates from Sue Rostoni today… Link
So, if I may ask… what precipitated said Riptide cover change?
(Rostoni) The sales folks at Random House weren’t sure it was strong enough–not as dynamic as they’d like
On a semi-related note… How’s Conviction’s back cover coming along? I would’ve thought we’d have gotten it by now.
(Rostoni) The back cover art was submitted just this week. We’ll be reviewing it today, and if it passes muster, should be posted sometime next week.
In addition to the Ascension synopsis, the newly released Random House fall 2011 catalog has entries for the upcoming The Old Republic #3 and The Complete Vader.
The Old Republic #3… Link
EXCITING FAN-FAVORITE TITLE TO BE REVEALED: On April 15th, the secret title of this novel will be revealed to the world! The cover will be revealed at in July at San Diego Comic-Con, and the first excerpt from the novel will be released!
The Complete Vader… Link
Star Wars: The Complete Vader features hundreds of images, including early concept sketches, collectibles, movie posters, script pages, and an uncut sheet of Darth Vader trading cards. The book will also feature interactive elements such as lift-up flaps, envelopes, and cut-outs.
Also included with the Fate of the Jedi: Ascension entry are these plans for the last 3 FOTJ novels… Link
NEW PACKAGING: While we’re keeping the look of the nine-book series consistent, we’re giving the last three books (starting with Conviction, Summer 2011) a distinctive look to set these final novels apart as a climactic mini-trilogy for readers.