Star Wars March Madness: Six 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 sixth seed in the Grand Moff Tarkin bracket:

Martha Wells


The decision to rid Star Wars canon of the Expanded Universe works was pretty traumatic for all of us. However, it was particularly crappy for Martha Wells. When Martha came to work in the Star Wars universe she likely thought she was writing one part of a trilogy of books that would tell some back story of some of our favorite heroes. When Disney came in the series Empire and Rebellion became a duology with the third instalment becoming an addition to the new canon.

Her first and only Star Wars novel would be the first book in this series. It takes place shortly before Episode 5 and tells the story of the Rebel Alliance getting the infrastructure in place for Echo Base on the Ice Planet of Hoth.


That a pretty good premise and I am a big fan of books that look to develop a character like this. The main of idea of this series is that each book would focus down on one of the main heroes and show us how they became the people we saw in Episode 6. It is a great element of story telling but for fans to buy in they have to care not only about the character but their journey. The problem I seem to be having with the Disney books is I am not so sure I like the characters I saw in episode 7. They makes it very hard for me to care about the journey that got them there. Or maybe I am just a bitter fan by who is pissed the mouse took my favorite books out of their timeline.

Wells is worthy of a lower seed but no so low as to get her in a bad match-up and not earn another bid into a future tournament. More on how that is to work in the near future.

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