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 third seed in the Luke Skywalker bracket:
Alan Dean Foster
The great Alan Dean Foster earns his third seed because he wrote the first book of what would become the Star Wars Expanded Universe. That book has a very interesting back story. He would also write the novelization of Episode One: A New Hope as a ghost writer. He would return to Star Wars penning the novelization of Episode Seven: The Force Awakens. He would also pen a novel in the Old Republic era.
Splinter of the Mind’s Eye was written as backup sequel plan in case Episode One tanked at the box office. Foster was given a lot of leniency to write the story as long as he wrote it in a way that would be relative cheap to film. That is why the entire story takes place on one planet, there are no big space battles, and since Harrison Ford had not yet signed on for more movies no Han Solo. It has been a long time since I read this novel and I have heard it described as both EU canon and a non canon tale. It is listed on all the EU timelines published in later works so we have to assume it is canon. There are some inconsistencies in the story but this novel would introduce the idea of Kyber Crystals. Something that has become very important to the Disney canon.
There is not much to say about ghost writing the novelization of Episode One. However, I do believe that it was originally published with a different title. There is not a lot to say about the novelization of Episode Seven either. Some say the story is far better in book form, but as a rule I shy away from the film novelization.
This brings us to the novel The Appraoching Storm. This was the tie in book released around the premiere of Episode Two: Attack of the Clones. This story tells the back story of Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and her Padawan Barris Offee. Both of those character would appear in the final two prequel movies and go on to major story lines in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This novel is among my favorite prequel era books.
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