New Star Wars Book Will Connect Return Of The Jedi to The Force Awakens

New Star Wars Book Will Connect Return Of The Jedi to The Force Awakens

A long time ago, there was a whole galaxy of Star Wars lore that told stories about the events that followed the destruction of the second Death Star. But the old Expanded Universe is no more. So it’s time to build a new one, starting with a book by Chuck Wendig taking place after the Rebel Alliance’s big win on Endor.

Announced today at the official Star Wars site, the novel’s called Aftermath and the set-up describes a reality where the Empire’s defeat creates a void in the galaxy’s power structure:

The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumours 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?

The book’s out in September, three months before the release of The Force Awakens. So if you want to find out what the deal is with Finn, Rey and Kylo Renn before Episode VII, this is probably a must-read for you.


  • As annoyed as I am about losing the expanded universe stuff… I actually don’t mind at the same time. I’ve been re-reading a LOT of stuff in both the comics and the novels and a lot of the storylines I’d like to be see re-worked or scrapped altogether. Especially where just because a character showed up in a movie they HAD to be this amazing person bla bla. Although the bounty hunter tales were always an absolute hoot 😀

  • Actually interested in reading a story about a sector resisting the rebelion simply because they enjoy imperial rule. Would be a good flip on the rebels are always the good guys.

  • No Stackpole, no deal…
    Also, Wolverton, Anderson & Zahn, plus maybe Luceno (I think his name is) and maybe a couple of others, and Alan Dean Foster (wrote the book for A New Hope and wrote a couple of others, and is a legendary sci fi writer).

    • It isn’t though. The new Disney canon currently only consists of the 6 films, The Clone Wars CG series (including the movie) and Star Wars Rebels, with everything else that has come and will come since the announcement (the new Marvel-produced comics, novels, etc.) being classified as canon unless contradicted by the new films or TV series.

      All the previous stuff that came before (including Shadows of the Empire) is now classified under the ‘Legends’ banner, which is all non-canon. Of course, you can just go by a personal canon and pick and choose whatever you like, which keeps everyone happy. 🙂

      • It kind of bugs me that Shadows of the Empire isn’t canon anymore, didn’t Lucas himself help supervise the whole thing? Surely that gives it legitimacy? So many awesome moments in it, like when Vader uses the force to heal his lungs, but his joy at breathing by himself breaks his use of the dark side of the force causing it to fail. Really interesting stuff. (I’m pretty sure that’s the book that happened in anyway…)

    • In the sense of it still being canon? Yep, unfortunately. They basically burnt it to the ground to allow the freedom to do what they like with the story of the new trilogy. See my reply to Starquake above for a bit more info.

  • It’s probably not a good to compare the power vacuum from the end of the reign of Palpatine to the power vacuum from the end of the reign of Saddam Hussein but… both were poorly planned changes of government.

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