Star Wars Pop-up Book Wows Wired

September 17, 2007

Wired magazine’s Geekdad gives Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart a glowing (as in lightsaber) review. Check it out here:

I cannot express to you how wickedly cool we all think it is, even the Tweener who doesn’t think anything is cool. The 5-year-old asked to see it again for a bedtime story and complained that it was too short once my wife was done opening the more than 35 pop-ups.

We’re big fans of of pop-up books around here, and this one is in a class all of its own. The detail is simply stunning, with a level of intricacy I have never seen before. Think pop-ups on top of pop-ups, and when we opened the last page and Luke and Vader’s light sabers actually lit up, well, let’s just call it a slam dunk success for some quick and geeky family entertainment.

Read the full review here:
Geeks of the Galaxy Take Note

Read more about the book on
First Look: Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy


Tiny Star Wars Novel: Look at the Size of That Thing!

September 9, 2007

This hand-crafted item was found in a hobby store in California specializing in miniature items for doll houses. It is a tiny copy of the Shadows of the Empire paperback, with front, back and spine, and printed interior pages. Now your Star Wars action figures can read about their Expanded Universe adventures.



Q&A with Lucas Books Editor Sue Rostoni

August 27, 2007

Fan board The EU Cantina interviews Lucas Books Editor Sue Rostoni about a typical day on the job, working closely with authors and her thoughts on Death Star.

How much say do you have with what the writers write or what direction they take?
I work mainly with Del Rey (Shelly Shapiro) and Dark Horse (Randy Stradley and Jeremy Barlow). The writers work with the various editors to establish direction and storyline. I don’t have a lot of input into the comic storylines unless questions come up and then we hash them out as a team. For the novels, Shelly and I and the authors work together directly to come up with storylines. In some cases an author will approach Del Rey with a specific area he or she would like to explore. It if seems like a good idea to Shelly and me, we’ll work with the author to develop a story proposal. In other cases, Shelly and/or I will l have an idea for a book and then we’ll discuss possible authors and approach the one we want, at which time we work together to develop the story. It’s very much a team-oriented process for the most part.

Read the full interview here:
Q&A With Editor Sue Rostoni

Be sure to keep up with Rostoni on her blog here on


Details on New Essential Atlas Book

August 13, 2007

Author Daniel Wallace revealed this week in his blog details about his upcoming book Star Wars: The Essential Atlas (working title), due out in 2008 from Del Rey.

“This book, written by myself and Jason Fry, will be the deepest look Lucasfilm has ever allowed into the geography of our favorite galaxy far, far away,” Wallace writes. “There’s lots more still to do on this project — and our draft could still undergo heavy rewrites — so take everything with a grain of salt at this early date. But I thought it would be a good idea to address some of the questions that I’ve been getting.”

Q: Is this a star charts book, or is it a new version of The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons?
A: Yes! The Atlas will combine extensive star charts/maps with planet profiles like the ones in the original EGPM (though almost certainly laid out differently).

Q: Will the book be light years better than the original EGPM?
A: Yes, lightyears. I can say that because I wrote the original, and realize that I spent way too much time recapping plots instead of actually describing planets. Hey, it was my first book.

Q: So what’s in it already?
A: We’re still at first-draft stage, so full caveats, but in broad strokes the book is equal parts cosmology, planet profiles, political structure, colonization, history, the sweep and scale of wars, and bulleted lists presenting miscellaneous items of kewlness. I mean, I like Star Trek: Star Charts, but it’s just charts. By contrast, the Atlas will hopefully feel closer in spirit to classic, meaty RPG resources like Platt’s Starport Guide or Han Solo and the Corporate Sector Sourcebook.

Read more updates on Wallace’s blog:
Continuity, Criticisms, and Captain Panaka

Star Wars Day Report: Publishing Panel

July 27, 2007

Publishing Horizon
Keith Clayton began with a quick tour of the publishing horizon from Del Rey. The Legacy of the Force series continues with the sixth installment, Inferno in September, with Fury following up in December. The last two books in the series come out in Spring and Summer of 2008. “It’s going to be a strong, powerful finish with Invincible,” said Clayton.

In October, the Death Star novel by Steve Perry and Michael Reaves tells “the ongoing politics of its creation, and everything leading up to its destruction.” In November, Karen Traviss’ third Republic Commando, True Colors comes out, with a fourth one — yet untitled — in the summer of 2008.


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Latest ToyFare Riffs on Holiday Special

July 18, 2007

Available now from Wizard Entertainment is issue #121 of ToyFare. Star Wars fans should snatch it up for their great mix of toy coverage and immature jokes, but this issue’s Twisted Toyfare Theater is entirely devoted “The Star Wars Holiday Special.” Ackmena, Saun Dann, Lumpy and all your favorites (except Jefferson Starship) from the cringe-mas* special are here.




It’s the issue with Homer on the cover, and inside you’ll find articles on The Simpsons Movie, Doctor Who, M.A.S.K. and more. For more info about ToyFare, head to their official site here.



*Yeah, we know it was a Thanksgiving day special, but then the pun doesn’t work.

Han Solo to Star in Western

June 27, 2007


Well, not exactly. Blogger Daniel Messer of Gilbert, Arizona spotted the space pirate donning some western duds on a book cover printed by Linford Western Library. You’d think the artist could have at least lifted an image of Ford from 1979’s The Frisco Kid, the actor’s first — and last — Western comedy.

Thanks to for the link. Read the original blog post here.