Star Wars fans have only to wait until September to discover the events that followed the Battle of Endor, as the first of the Aftermath trilogy of novels will see release, setting in motion the beginning of the newly canonized future of the franchise.
Star Wars: Aftermath will be the first of a trilogy of novels that will bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and its upcoming sequel, The Force Awakens, according to Polygon. As the Inquisitr has previously reported, Aftermath will be part of Disney’s new initiative for the Star Wars universe, Journey To The Force Awakens, which will reveal the period between the original and sequel trilogies with over 20 different publications.
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Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds, Mockingbird, and Under the Empyrean Sky, will write the Aftermath trilogy, a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly, according to a post on the official Star Wars site.
“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.”
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The Aftermath storyline will detail the reaction to the destruction of the second Death Star, and while it will introduce a whole new cast of characters to the Star Wars universe, it is also set to feature “a fan favorite from the films,” the identity of whom remains a mystery. The story description notes that Aftermath will chronicle the formation of a new government to replace the Empire, posing a set of leading questions about the state of the galaxy.
“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?”
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Aftermath also will prove to be one of the first glimpses into Disney’s new Star Wars canon. Though numerous authors contributed to the Expanded Universe that told the story of Star Wars beyond Return of the Jedi over the last several decades, Disney has re-branded those tales under the Legends title. Their newly established timeline includes the original and prequel trilogies, as well as the upcoming films and The Clone Wars. Star Wars: Aftermath will represent the next step in that chronology.
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