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EU Authors Who Disney Should Hire

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Legends' started by Darth Wardawg, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. Darth Wardawg

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    So I'm delving into the old EU material, and I'm wondering which authors from the EU would you like to see Disney hire? So far James Luceno and Timothy Zahn have written for the nu-cannon. How about R.A. Salvatore or Karen Traviss? What say you @Darth_Nobunaga?
     
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    I liked Kevin J. Anderson’s Star Wars writing. I loved the book he wrote with Neil Peart from the band Rush.

    I also liked the work Troy Denning did with his Star Wars books. I found they flowed very well.
     
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    Michael J. Stackpole is someone I'd re-hire in a heartbeat. As the stellar author of both the X-Wing novels and my favorite NJO books so far, Dark Tide Parts I & II, he writes ship-to-ship space battles better than anyone in the business. He also created the fantastic character of Soontir Fel and the Fel Dynasty, who would become probably the most interesting and appealing Imperial characters in the EU. Given how OT-focused the current canon is (much to my chagrin), he'd be a great fit.
    James Luceno is someone else I'd like back. The last thing he wrote was Tarkin and I believe Rogue One: Catalyst, but since then, he's been pretty quiet on the novel front. John Jackson Miller is guy behind the KOTOR comics and the fantastic Kenobi novel from 2014, and actually penned the Nu-Canon novel Star Wars Rebels: A New Dawn, but like Luceno, has fallen radio silent. Matthew Stover is the author behind the fantastic Revenge of the Sith novelization--one of the best Star Wars novels of any canon--except unlike Luceno OR Miller, he hasn't been brought over to work on ANY Nu-Canon material whatsoever, which is a crying shame.

    But the #1 person I would fight tooth and nail to bring back and write some proper Star Wars novels is Drew Karpyshyn. Who is he? Well, I could start and end his contributions to Star Wars by stating that he was the lead scenario writer and creative mind behind the original KOTOR game. But on top of that, he also was the lead writer for the SWTOR MMO, and authored the Darth Bane Trilogy, arguably the best Sith-centric piece of Star Wars media in existence, and absolutely worth reading. He understands the Old Republic Era better than anyone else, having been the brain-child for 75% of it.

    But of course, all of these recommendations come with the caveat of them contributing to the Nu-Canon, and it doesn't seem like a lot of variety in eras or ambitious story arcs are something the current LFL Story Group are allowing. There's a reason why 99% of all Nu-Canon books are movie tie-ins and one-shots; and it's because LFL doesn't want any of the truly exciting traversal of new characters or eras to happen anywhere outside of the films.

    So in all likelihood, these authors would probably be caged within the creative restraints of LFL's new publishing approach. And then these authors wouldn't be able to deliver their creativity to their fullest, which would be a crying shame and a tragic departure from their previous work.
     
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    I know I've read some of Anderson's Star Wars work, even though right now I'm drawing a blank as to which ones. I like the stuff I've read from him and Frank Herbert's son in the Dune universe, so I'd love to see him back working on Star Wars stuff.


    I loved what James Luceno did with Tarkin and the Rogue One prequel novel. The fact they were going to give Chuck Wendig a Darth Vader comic series AND a new novel, while not giving a new one to Luceno is a travesty, in my opinion. Lucenos two nu-cannon books are fantastic while Aftermath was a dumpster fire. But for some reason the powers that be love Chucky.

    Draw Karpyshyn is fantastic, and I've only read the novel of Darth Revan, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I really can't wait to read the Darth Bane trilogy, but that one will have to wait.

    You hit the nail on the head about the restraints of LFL's new approach. I'm not sure why they are so focused on shackling their creative talents. I have to say the nu-cannon has been boring for the most part, at least when it comes to novels. I am looking forward to seeing the new Obi-Wan and Qui Gon novel, but otherwise I can't say they are doing anything great. I like the Darth Vader comics, and I'm thinking of checking out Doctor Aphra, but novels??? That's why I'm going back and checking out the EU Legends material. Some of it I read back in the day, but most of it I missed, so it's nice to get some great "new" stuff. Plus I know Disney has to be tracking sales of EU Legends and I want think they ought to publish new stuff under the Legends label.
     
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