|I wouldn't mind seeing the Empire of the Hand again. They just kind of disappeared, rather unrealistically...
I don't think they really 'disappeared', they just haven't been mentioned in a while. Which is unfortunate. I was hoping we'd get an idea of what its location and size was in the Essential Atlas, but it was basically ignored. Same for the Ssi-ruuk. Both are interestin g parts of the Unknown regions that would be interesting to see.
And neither would occupy more than a small corner of that. Ssi-ruuk are stated to be a star cluster. That can't take up significantly more size than Hapes near Bakura. Hardly any change. The Empire of the hand would be bigger, but logically would only occupy the space between the Imperial Remnant and the Chiss Ascendency - again that can't take up more than a relatively small section of the UR.
That leaves pretty much the entire rim unexplored, as well as pretty much everything galactic south from the Ascendency.
Then there's also the rim spinward of places like Dac, Tattoine, Excarga, etc. Who knows what's tucked out there? And then there's the two satellite galaxies that we never see (the one with the Nagi and Tof, who I wouldn't mind seeing again also, and the one we've never heard anything of).
There's still plenty of unexplored space even if we get to see these again.
|I'd actually like to see Luke and or Leia search for their real mother and head to Naboo. We had a novel that has Luke begin his search but then he got some of the recordings of R2D2 from ROTS in one of the books. Once FOTJ ends, perhaps there will be some peace and they can look for information on her.
That was in Dark Nest. Given there's a gap of 4 years between Dark Nest and LOTF there's a lot of space there to include novels about that (and do a Skywalker family novel).
In fact there's 6 years between NJO and DN,a nd 4 between DN and LOTF.
That's a full decade where we have absolutely nothing written that gives us a lot of opportunities for novels. The remnants of the Vong invasion being cleared out. What the hell ever happened to Admiral Tarest Key'fey (I miss that guy)? Cleanup and rebuilding of Coruscant. Buildup of tension betwen Omas and the Jedi order seen in DN and Legacy (they were on good terms in NJO). Luke/Leia investigating Padme and Anakin's history once they have information from R2D2...
On a related note, something that a lot of people forget is that Luke was supporting Gariel Capistan's daughter for many years (mentioned in NJO). What ever happend with her? COuld thrown in a trip to Bakura with one to Naboo.
Not to speak of actually covering Jacen's Journey.
There's no shortage of stuff that can be covered there.
|I wonder if Christie Golden will stick around post-FotJ. All that really sets her apart from other authors is how well she writes Vestara and the Lost Tribe, so it might depend on whether she/they survive Apocalypse.
I have to admit, I can't stand her use of the word "TOO" to start every other sentence. It's gramatically incorrect in almost every instance she uses it.
her writing is also very boring IMHO. I rather hope she doesn't.
|Darth Skuldren wrote:
|We haven't heard too much about the future books. We know Kemp, Karpyshyn, and Zahn are writing books (which haven't been named yet. Karpyshyn's will be an end game SWTOR book, Zahn's a Han Solo novel). Beyond that there's Alex Irvine's Sunrider novel, and the fourth Coruscant Nights book.
Depending on the success of Scourge, we might see Jeff Grubb write some more books. I'd bet Allston gets more. But yeah, it'll be interesting to see if Golden and Denning get some more or if they get set aside for a while.
The Sunrider novel (Mandorla I think it was called) by Irving has actually been Cancelled. I'm quite disappointed with that.
I hope Grubb comes back, since he has a history with Star Wars and can actually bring in a lot of obscure stuff that is otherwise ignored.
|Darth Skuldren wrote:
|Kemp still has that "ambitious" duology they've been murmuring about. That could be post-FOTJ. I would think that would be a good candidate to start talking about the future. Any other books would be completely new news.
Right now Kemp, Allston, Zahn, Karpyshyn, Bohnhoff and Reaves are the only authors on the list for upcoming novels. Everybody but Kemp is pre-FOTJ for sure. Since Kemp has worked in both TOR and contemporary periods, there's no telling where his books will be.
I believe the contract is ending in the next year and they're starting a new one correct? So I understand the lag time while they set that up. Though apparently they already have some of it planned.
I haven't finished Riptide yet, but I did scan the last few pages of it out o curiosity about how a certain plot point would end. I would suspect strongly that Kemp's upcomming duology will follow up on the ... issues that are raised by that. For both Soldier and Jaden.
I also wouldn't mind reading more about that...unusual construct....that appeared in the book.
|@Skuls: Well we know they don't want big, epic stories again because they haven't been 100% successful since NJO ended and I think they know that. LotF was a mess, FotJ cleaned it all up, but now they have an opening to do something on either an extremely large scale again or on a small one like BS used to. We'll see a trilogy or something soon I think.
I don't think it was really the plot or idea of LOTF that was a mess though. It was more the execution because a certain writer seemed to include a separate trillogy in the middle of it that didnt fit in with anything else. If you take the general plot idea of the books and distill each one down to 5 sentences, then ut them in order, ghe progression of the GA makes sense. But the ancillary parts don't fit well.
THat's a writing issue, not a planning one. FotJ shows that they do know how to run something like this if they have the right writers.
But I think another reason that they'll probably go back to trilogies etc. like the Bantum era for a while is for something different, and to allow them more freedom without tying themselves to a single story-line for many years. Also allows them to push the timeline forward more quickly.
Keep in mind that during the last couple contracts (LOTF and FOTJ) they also were working on the Clone Wars, the Force Unleashed, and The Old Republic at the same time, so they had to split their writers to focus on each era.
With TFU and Clone Wars now closed off, and the rest of Dark Times temporarily off-limits for significant work, they can focus on TOR and post-FOTJ eras for writing, allowing them to dedicate more writers to each, with a few books stuck in elsewhere in the timeline as they get appropriate authors.
Trilogies and Duologies allows them to publish several things at the same point in the timeline at once, rather than having to wait for the next book to be finished in the series. I think it smore a point of practicality than really wanting to avoid another massive series.
I also strongly disagree that Ben is an uninteresting character. He is developing as a character. Read a book from DN, then one from mid-LOTF then, then Apocalypse. Its not the same character at all. It just has been occuring more gradually (as things tend to do in real life) and it actually is a good progression for the character.
As for the jedi being generally uninteresting, I think that's mainly due to the fact that if their last name isn't "skywalker" they've been marginalized. Even in a series called "fate of the Jedi".
When was the last time you heard Kyle Katarn get more than 3 lines? There's apparently a Yuzzem on the Council. Where did he come from? We know nothing about him. Seha's had what, a chapter between 18 books since her introduction?
Kenth and Saba had some page time, but that's about it. The jedi would be far more interestng if they got page time. Think of Jaden Korr in Crosscurrent and Riptide. I suspect the new guy in Scourge will be the same. Characters become interesting when you actually get to read about them.
the reason that the sith are generally 'more interesting' is because more time is spent developing them as adversaries to the established Jedi they are fighting, so they get more page time.
What we need are more Kemp-like books that focus on things that don't involve the Skywalkers as much. And Crosscurrent and Riptide were both still bestsellers.
Luke still was mentioned in both, and briefly talked to Jaden in the second. In fact that conersation was a great way to include Luke - clearly in charge, clearly still bad-ass, just not "boots on the ground" for that particular issue. That's what we need more of.
Kyp was a very popular Jedi because of the page time he got during the later years of the bantum books. When was the last time he had a staring role in a novel? (hint: think NJO and DN)
I'm all for including more non-jedi characters as well (in point of fact, I was disappointed to discover Marr was force-sensitive in Crosscurrent, it was an unnecessary part of his character, he worked much better without it IMHO). And there's a lot of places that authors could take that. But that doesn't mean it has to exclude Jedi characters either.
Also, something else I would suggest, would be the inclusion of other force-using sects that are neither Jedi or Sith. We got brushes with them at the beginning of FOTJ, but not as really major players. THose could be rather interesting to explore as well.