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Lost Tribe of the Sith: Read it for free!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The news of this has been on the fan sites for a while, but I am pleased to announce my first Star Wars prose fiction for Del Rey. And not only is it online as of today, but you can read it for free!

Fate of the Jedi is a nine-novel series by Aaron Allston, Christie Golden, and Troy Denning, taking place in the years after the Star Wars films and including a plot element — a lost tribe of the Sith — from far back in the history of the galaxy. And now, the first part of Lost Tribe of the Sith is available — a supporting series of e-books written by yours truly, exploring the history of that group. You can get the first Lost Tribe of the Sith story, Precipice, from several locations, including the official Star Wars site. You can also get it in a Kindle format from Amazon.

As I say, the news of this has been out for a while, but I customarily don't mention anything until a book has been solicited. As it's partly a promotional tool, however — the first edition includes a sample from Christie's novel, Omen — the announcement and the posting were simultaneous. So here's immediate gratification — don't read what I have to say, go read the story, then come back and share your thoughts!

I'm thrilled to be working with Del Rey, Lucasfilm, and the other authors on this project. I've been expanding more into prose, and this project provides both a wonderful opportunity and an interesting change of pace, focusing as it does on the villains of the Star Wars universe and their motivations.

I can't get into details here about scheduling or series length — check the publisher and StarWars.com for updates on that — but I have established an overdue section on my own site for prose fiction, including pages for Lost Tribe (commentary to come later) and for the StarWars.com short stories "Interference" and "Labor Pains."

One more note, speaking of things discovered online — also today, I discovered that while I was snowed under with work (and, being Wisconsin in March, snow), Marvel released a hardcover Avengers Disassembled collection including a couple of my Iron Man stories. It's my time with work appearing in a hardcover graphic novel in the United States — the French volumes of KOTOR are all hardcovers. This one's massive, with 456 pages! Check it out!

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Three Wolf Moon, for some reason

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I am officially instructed by the people who run the Internet that I must post a link to some "Three Wolf Moon" shirt. I have no idea why, but I have found there's no point arguing about these things when they come along. You can't fight city hall...

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Down to the wire...

Friday, May 22, 2009

...on several projects, so the updates are continuing to go online in snippets here and there — but there are now notes on Knights of the Old Republic #41 online. Consider a spoiler warning attached, although I don't think it reveals anything, you really do want to read the story first. (You.. must... read... comics....)

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Vindication, Sword of the Empire (for free!) and more!

Monday, May 18, 2009

You may take it as a sign of how much work I have coming out further down the road that I've had close to no time to keep folks posted about what's coming out now, or just come out. It will take me some time to get caught up, but I will take a first stab here...

First, at some point in the last few weeks, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Vol. 6: Vindication came out, both at your local comics shop and at Amazon. I have posted a few notes on the liner-notes page here on site, although there were no corrections made to the volume that I can remember. This is the largest volume to date, collecting seven issues — and, as I reflect on it, probably one of the strongest, when it comes to accomplishing what we were trying to do. The story covers an enormous amount of territory — and "Exalted" is one of my favorite stories of the series. It's just fun.

Remember, Volume 5 is actually Vector Vol. 1. You won't necessarily find it on the shelf with the KOTOR volumes, but it should be there.

• Next: The role-playing adventure I wrote for the Dawn of Defiance Campaign is now online: Sword of the Empire. You can find the download for the e-book at the Wizards of the Coast site. The adventure, for high-level characters of the Star Wars Role-Playing Game, is based on Rodney Thompson's initial campaign concept, but I got to embellish it with some fun encounters, including — and this is of note for your KOTOR fans — a huge amount of background material on the Stereb, the race from Serroco in "Days of Hate."

Gamers playing the campaign should, of course, avoid reading this material until their GM runs the module. For others looking to see what these modules are like, or interested in the canonical material therein, it's fun reading — and it's free!

I don't have notes online yet for this release — one in which I was greatly aided by The Intrepid Meredith and James Mishler — but I will try to have something online more quickly than I got to the KOTOR Campaign Guide notes!

• Friend, retailer, and occasional CBG columnist Michael Tierney has released the 25th Anniversary Edition of his Wild Stars graphic novel, for which I provided a foreword about science fiction comics. Check the site to find out more, and see some free previews.

• Next, there's a page online here for Knights of the Old Republic #44, the second part of "The Reaping." This is another issue with a cool cover by Benjamin CarrĂ©, and is due out in August.

• And finally (for this report), don't forget this is the week in which Knights of the Old Republic #41 ships, in which we learn another piece to the puzzle that is Jarael. A fairly big secret — although not perhaps the secret many were expecting, and, as you'll realize, not her only one...

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Free Comic Book Day -- and a meterological phenomenon

Sunday, May 3, 2009



Another year, another Free Comic Book Day — thanks to the staff at Galaxy Comics, Games & More in Stevens Point for having me there, and to all the folks who dropped by.

My next Wisconsin appearance will be at WASFEn, in Wausau, August 1.


And speaking of Wisconsin, a little meterological curio outside my window the other day: a double-rainbow on the lake. You can just barely make out the second band.

Now, where the heck are those leprechauns...?


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Free Comic Book Day signing on Saturday

Friday, May 1, 2009

If you're in Wisconsin, I'll be signing at Galaxy Comics in downtown Stevens Point, Wis., from 1-4. See you there!

I also have a post about the genesis of Free Comic Book Day on the Comichron blog.

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