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 that being said I give you the number one seed in the Yoda bracket:
The other two number one seeds so far were picked based not only on their quality but their quantity. James Luceno and Troy Denning have penned numerous titles in the Star Wars book universe. Michael Stackpole gets a number one seed not because of the eight novels he wrote for the old Expanded Universe, but because of their high quality. He is also the creator of some of the more beloved EU characters. Corran Horn was his creation and he and his family would become a fixture of future EU books. He also is credited with creating Soontir Fel whose family would become a large part of the EU timeline.
Fans of the EU remember most fondly his X-Wing series books. He penned the first four books in the series; Rogue Squadron, Wedge’s Gamble, The Kyrtos Trap, and The Bacta War. These four book are informally known as the Rogue Squadron series.
Stackpole’s next EU novel was the first book to be based around a character that had never been mentioned in the Star Wars movies. It is also the first Star Wars book to be written as a first person narrative. In the novel I, Jedi we get a look at the Star Wars universe from the POV of Corran Horn. This novel is essentially a companion to Kevin Anderson’s Jedi Academy series and serves to move a number of the X-Wing series characters into the more mainstream EU timeline. This is the current book we are reading as part of the Star Wars book club and it seems to be very divisive among the fans.
Stackpole would return to his X-Wing series roots for his next EU work, the 8th book in the X-Wing series, Isard’s Revenge. This book deals with the aftermath of Admiral Thrawn’s invasion and what the New Republic military does to rid the Galaxy of the many Imperial Warlords that still remained.
Let us not forget to mention that Stackpole did a lot of work with Dark Horse comics. He wrote several different comics a lot of them dealing with the events around his Rogue Squadron books. Not being very hip to comic books I cannot speak to their quality but I cannot imagine that they are terrible.
His final contribution to the EU was the Dark Tide duology. Onslaught and Ruin were the second and third books in the New Jedi Order series and focused the story of the overall Yuuzhan Vong invasion on Stackpole’s characters. Corran Horn is the main protagonist of these two books and Stackpole takes this character is some very interesting places.
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