It is finally March and that means it is time for brackets. All kinds of brackets from College Basketball to dessert toppings and everything in between. With that in mind this blog will be doing a Star Wars authors bracket.
I am taking on the Vince McMahon role for this endeavor. That means I picked the authors who I felt most qualified to be considered. I don’t think I made any huge omissions but some of you may…This is the 32 authors I think have had the most impact on the Star Wars book universe and more importantly have entertained all the Star Wars book readers. They will be broken into four brackets; Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, and Grand Moff Tarkin. The Authors have been seeded 1 through 8 again most due to my own personal judgement while taking into consideration how the authors works are viewed by the readers at large.
With all of that said and done I give you the first seed in the Luke Skywalker bracket:
James Luceno is one of the most prolific authors of the Star Wars book universe. He has written 11 Star Wars novels, two reference books, and at least one major short story. He has contributed works to both timelines, and began writing Star Wars books when Del Rey came up with the idea for the New Jedi Order. In fact he was the main creative force behind that series, which is probably the best series of books set in the old Expanded Universe.
His novel Tarkin, from the Disney timeline, is probably the most well received book of the new timeline. Quite frankly it is a work that could fit in either timeline and is an immensely joy to read.He is also the writer of the Rogue One: Catalyst novel which I own but have not had the chance to crack yet.
His first books were the Agents of Chaos duology. Hero’s Trial and Jedi Eclipse focus on Han Solo and how he deals with the death of his hetero life mate the Wookiee Chewbacca. These books can be pretty dark, but they serve to round out Han as a three-dimensional character in the later part of his life. At this point in the Legends timeline we are 25-30 years past the Battle of Yavin and Han and Leia’s children are entering adulthood. These two novels set the tone for Grandpa Han that we get throughout the rest of the EU.
His next two works were set in the prequel era. Darth Maul: Saboteur the ebook and the novel Cloak of Deception. That novel happens just before Episode One and highlights the fact that Luceno has written works in three different eras of Star Wars and done a fantastic job in all three. The prequel era is my least favorite so I am not as familiar with those works but I have read Saboteur and it was pretty awesome.
His next Star Wars book was the final entry of the New Jedi Order titled The Unifying Force. Luceno spent a year researching all the dangling threads from the entire series and wrote a book that awesomely wrapped up what is by far my favorite EU book series. After he wrapped up that series Luceno planned to take a long break from Star Wars but was eventually brought back to write the back story of General Grievous as well as the prequel novel to Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith. Those plot points would become the novel Labyrinth of Evil, without a doubt that the best prequel era novel.
His next Star Wars novel would be Dark Lord:The Rise of Darth Vader. This is an exceptionable read and is effectively the third part of a trilogy with Labyrinth of Evil and Revenge of the Sith being the first two parts. Luceno was then hired to write a Darth Plagueis novel and while at Lucas film to discuss that book he took part in meetings that helped plan the nine part Legacy of the Force series. Luceno would write that book under difficult circumstances and ultimately its release was cancelled only to be revived and released in 2012.
After the success of the novel Death Star the powers that be at Lucasfilm and Del Rey pushed for a novel about the Millennium Falcon. Luceno would be hired for that project and deliver a novel that was not only a history of the famous ship but set up the big plot for the next nine part series The Fate of the Jedi. Falcon would be his last EU novel.
With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney and the mouse deciding to build up a new timeline Luceno was brought back into the fold to write the novel Tarkin. And would go one to write the Rogue One prequel novel.
All in all this is a hugely important author to the EU. He was instrumental in many of the book series and was responsible for the darker tone of the New Jedi Order series. With that said he is clearly deserving of his number one seed status in the Luke Skywalker bracket and number one seed overall.
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