Star Wars Authors March Madness: Two Seeds

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 that being said I give you the second seed in the Luke Skywalker Bracket:

Kevin J. Anderson

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Kevin Anderson might be the first seed to earn is spot in the tournament not based on his books. Not to deride his work but his four Star Wars novels are not exactly universally embraced by the fandom. However, Anderson would help create some of the more pivotal EU characters and wrote a series that help develop the main protagonists of the later quarter of the EU timeline.

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To be fair his Jedi Academy series was just the second series attempted. The first installment in that series, Jedi Search, was just the fifth book published in the EU. Starting that fresh he simply did not have the wealth of plot threads and characters to work with that the later writers did.

The biggest thing he did was create the character of Kyp Durron, and the final two books in the series, Dark Apprentice and Champions of the Force, focus around his fall to the dark side and the extreme methods he employs to exact his revenge on the Empire. The fact that Kyp Durron never got his own stand alone novel is a crime, and highlights many of the problems with the old EU.  Of course with the lukewarm reception of the Corran Horn novel it is easier to see why the publishers didn’t want to stray to far from the trinity of Han, Leia, and Luke.

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Anderson was also the creator of one of the main villains of the EU in Imperial Admiral Natasi Daala. Again she rightfully deserves her own book, but she is most likely the model for Admiral Sloane of the Disney canon novels. She would appear in many future EU titles as the main antagonist to our collected group of heroes.

His next work would be the novel DarkSaber. I do not mean the dark saber featured in the Clone Wars and Rebels cartoon shows. This Darksaber was another version of the Death Star and it fell about as flat as the Starkiller base did in The Force Awakens. I am not going to say anything else about this book beyond it simply is not my favorite EU installment.

Anderson would next team up with his wife, Rebecca Moesta, to write the Young Jedi Knights series.From 1995 to 1998 14 installments of that series were published and they laid the ground work for the new generation of Jedi who came of age during the New Jedi Order series.

In and around these other projects Anderson also found the time to serve as the editor for a lot of the Tale of/from books. He would also write a few of the tales himself. On top of all that he has also written many comics set in the Star Wars Universe.

Probably is most important work (at least to me) are the two essential chronologies he wrote and had published. The first came out in 2000 and I wore that copy looking up stuff from the different forms of Star Wars media. The second came out in 2005, and was probably the go to resource on chronology until Pablo Hidalgo’s Essential Readers companion was released.

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Jedi Search (Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Vol. 1)

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