The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them? Those are some of the themes we’ll be exploring in Aftermath, and as a lifelong Star Wars fan, just writing those words gives me chills. I can’t wait for our first canon glimpse into the state of the galaxy after the Battle of Endor.
What’s more, Aftermath will be the first book in a trilogy that begins to bridge the Star Wars timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. There is so much unknown between the Battle of Endor and the events of The Force Awakens, and we’re excited to take our first step into that space.
Obviously I wish I could tell you more about the story, but I can’t just yet. What I can reveal is that you will be introduced to a sweeping new cast of characters, along with a fan favorite from the films. And who knows what other familiar faces will pop up along the way? And once you’ve seen The Force Awakens in movie theaters, you may find that certain names and places in Aftermath have a relevance you never knew–so keep your eyes wide open!
The one person more excited about Aftermath than the Del Rey team and I is Chuck Wendig! Chuck is a lifelong Star Wars fan himself, and it’s been an absolute pleasure working with him thus far. We asked Chuck to share a few words about being asked to write this novel, and here’s what he said: “My earliest — and still one of my best — movie-going experiences as a kid was being a four-year-old watching The Empire Strikes Back at a drive-in theater with my sister…My jaw dropped and I don’t think I’ve found it, yet. Those movies opened up a world for me, and my love of storytelling comes from them and from the galaxy of smaller, connected stories, too — from the toys to the games to the books. In fact, one of the first novels I ever read was the novelization of A New Hope. I have a son who will in a few short months be my age when I saw Empire, so to be involved with the Star Wars universe just as the new film is coming out — it feels like not only something akin to kismet, but a great and powerful privilege.”
Chuck isn’t the only one feeling the weight of that privilege. This is a story unlike any we’ve told before. And it all begins in just six short months! I hope you’ll eagerly await Aftermath‘s September release along with us until then. You can preorder your copy here.
In the meantime, stay tuned to starwars.com for other announcements about Aftermath and the rest of the Journey to The Force Awakens program! And if you’d like to learn more about Chuck, visit his site at terribleminds.com and say hi to him on Twitter at @ChuckWendig. May the Force be with us!
Jen Heddle is senior editor of Lucas Books.
On February 27 I Posted that in Honor of Leonard Nimoy, I would would Watch and Review all 6 of the Original
In all honesty, I began with the First Film, knowing that when I saw it when I was young,
I was seriously disappointed, and frankly, bored by it
That statement might not sound all too friendly, but I was 10 to 11 years old
“Star Wars” had come out two years before (Which may not have helped)
And I don’t know, it’s just the way I felt
Since then, I can not recall if I’ve actually sat through the whole thing, and in all honesty
It has been hard doing so, Lol
I know I sound both mean and critical right now, but in all honesty, I’m not, Lol
Here’s my review
(That preview pretty much captures what I mean, Lol)
The story is horrible, and terribly executed. (I know I sound like a jerk right now, but I’m really not, I’m just honest, Lol)
When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.
Sounds typical, but, read on
Lets just start with the Directing, which certainly played its’ role in this very not good film.
When I first sat down to rewatch this film, I got through about a third of it, and needed to take a break. First of all, there are an immense amount of drawn out scenes, that make the film drag terribly. And the acting, wow, really not good. As I started watching it again today, I found myself thinking that what this film is, is a 60’s Sci-Fi, simply shot in the 70’s… But after looking up the films that this Director has Directed, these three stood out… “The Sound Of Music”, “West Side Story”, and “The Day The Earth Stood Still”…
After texting my brother that perhaps the film would have been better, if there had been more singing, Lol… I continued watching. (I actually love “The Sound Of Music”)
When I estimated that it was like a 60’s Sci-Fi Film, I may have missed the mark… It’s probably more like a 50’s Sci-Fi Film, which makes more since… I can’t really remember “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, though I may have actually liked it, as it is a classic I believe… The stretcccched scenes, combined with the extreme silence in this film (Like 2001, but I think less deliberate), made it extremely painful to watch.
Even as I continued watching it today, I literally fell asleep… I was tired a bit, but I just couldn’t keep my focus on it, it was painfully slow and dry. This film literally succeeded in capturing ‘zero’ % of the spirit from the original shows… Which were largely Character Driven… So many great characters in this film just standing around, being serious, and wearing tan clothing, Lol
I know this first review of six doesn’t seem much like a tribute to Leonard Nimoy, but I do believe that honesty and integrity are important to him, and thus I am just trying to be honest.
I know that I am not the first or only that felt this way about this film, in fact I do believe that the fan response was probably what helped to inspire the franchise to do such a good job with “Wrath Of Khan”… But we’ll get to that film next, after I watch it again as well.
Like I say, watching all these great characters that you’ve come to love from the original series, just stand around and be morose with one another, was sincerely painful.
I have to sadly give this film a 3 out of 10… A film that I wouldn’t normally review, but in honor of Leonard, I will review them all.
I hope that this review doesn’t appear harsh, or disrespectul, I assure you, I’m just trying to be completely honest… On to “Wrath Of Khan”.
It’s Been A Long Time Since I Saw This Film…
I Remember Liking It
Strong Female Character
But Seeing It Just Now For The Second Time
It’s Much More Than That
It Reminded Me Why I Wanted To Be A Filmmaker
Delivered Through Strong Characters
And In The Case Of This Film
Good Humor Too (Eddie Murphy’s Return To Greatness Via Voice Over Little Dragon Musha)
Check It Out If You Haven’t