Yesterday at New York Comic-Con, the Lucasfilm Publishing panel announced upcoming books, including Alliances, the sequel to Star Wars: Thrawn. The panel featured a who’s who of Star Wars authors: Timothy Zahn (Heir to the Empire, Thrawn), Delilah S. Dawson (Phasma), John Jackson Miller (A NewDawn), Claudia Gray (Lost Stars, Leia, Princess of Alderaan), Benjamin Acker (Join the Resistance), Jason Fry (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), just to name a few.
You can read a recap of the panel on StarWars.com, but here are some notable highlights regarding upcoming releases, along with a first look at the final cover for the novelization of Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
Ben Acker on writing Storms of Crait for Marvel: “We got to write Luke and Leia and Han Solo and Chewbacca…It felt like we were home.”
John Jackson Miller on the benefits of writing a novella: “I can now deduct my gambling losses as research, and I have Star Wars: Canto Bight to thank for it.”
John Jackson Miller on what to expect from Canto Bight: “This is the location in The Last Jedi, and it is Monte Carlo spelled sideways…In my story, I have a card counter who has his life completely upended by one night with these three strange frog-looking guys, and it’s kind of a wild ride to say the least.”
Timothy Zahn on his approach to the newly announced Thrawn sequel: “I believe the title is going to be Alliances. But the really difficult part about something like this is, once you have done Thrawn in a book, where do you go from here? How do you up the game, what can you do to make it even better?”
Cue a photo of Vader from Rogue One.
“And just to make it clear, I’m not writing this book. I turned it in two and a half weeks ago.”
Jason Fry on writing different types of Star Wars books: “I’m really grateful for the chance to switch, because it feels like a way of recharging your batteries a little bit even though you’re still getting to work on Star Wars…I think what they have in common is it’s all still storytelling, it’s just a different kind.”
Jason Fry on the impact of Star Wars: “I was eight years old when I saw A New Hope and it quite literally changed my life. I was someone who was interested in storytelling and never imagined there would be stories like that. My horizons just exploded outward.”
Here are the covers for some upcoming releases:
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