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 fifth seed in the Luke Skywalker bracket:
Roger MacBride Allen
Roger Macbride Allen is the author of the Corellian Trilogy, and these three books were among the very first Expanded Universe novels that I read. I love that they really change the setting of the books and introduce us to Corellia where so many of our favorite, brash, heroes hail from. I also like how the Solo children become more of he focus. These were among the first books published in the post Return of the Jedi part of EU timeline. It was the third trilogy of books following The Thrawn Trilogy and the Jedi Academy Trilogy. This was how the timeline was built. The Corellian trilogy introduces a lot of things that become focal points for the rest of the post ROTJ timeline.
The Trilogy begins with Ambush at Corellia. It is set 18 years after the Battle of Yavin. Princess Leia Organa Solo, Chief of State for the New Republic, heads to the Corellain system for a trade summit. Han Solo sees this as the perfect time to take his children to the system of his birth. A New Republic Intelligence agent informs Han that several NRI operatives have been dispatched to Corellia only to never be heard from again and asks that he asses what is going on there. He is also instructed to act suspiciously to draw attention away from their intelligence operation. Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian head out on a trip to meet potential marriage candidates for Lando.
In Assault at Selonia we learn that Han’s cousin, Thracken Sal-Solo is attempting to seize power and reimplement the Imperial System. He has Han held captive and Han must escape in order to warn his friends of the nefarious plot. There are a few continuity problems with this book. Most notable is the absence of Garris Shrike from Han’s life. When one reads the EU in chronological order this stands out as these books were published before that plotline was written. The main plot sees our heroes trying to figure out who is trying to take control of Corellia’s planetary repulsors.
Showdown at Centerpoint is the final installment of the trilogy, and in that book we learn the secret of the Centerpoint Station. This becomes a huge plot line moving forward through the EU and we also learn that Anakin Solo is very good with machines and that he tends to follow his own instincts. I suppose as a stand alone story is doesn’t have the weight of some of the other stories but these books are an important back story to plots that play out in the New Jedi Order series and in the Fate of the Jedi series.
Personally I like this books because of their focus on the Solo children. For the first time, in the novels meant for adults, they are more fully flushed out as characters. More important they are not being kidnapped by anyone here. I always though of Star Wars as a generational story, even more so after the prequel trilogy was released, and it was cool to see the children of the heroes we adore start to step into their places in the galaxy.
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