Star Wars March Madness: Seven 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 seventh seed in the Darth Vader bracket:

Barbara Hambly 

On the strength of her two Star Wars novels, plus her several short stories Barbara Hambly earns a seventh seed. Due to the rules of the tournament she will have to win her opening round match-up to get an invite to future tournaments. She draws Arron Allston in the first round so she faces what is very likely to be an uphill battle.

All I can say is that Hambly is not my favorite Star Wars author. She would write two stand alone books that would wind up being lumped together with Kevin J.Anderson’s Darksaber as the Callista Trilogy. I am not a huge Callista fan either so there is little to attract me to these three books. It has also been twenty some years since I read them…yet I have a distinct memory of reading Planet of Twilight while the Bill Clinton impeachment trial was the only thing on TV.


Children of the Jedi was her first book and this novel deals with the search for the children of the Jedi. In the timeline it takes place in the months following the Jedi Academy Trilogy and it is not about Leia’s children. There are some continuity issues with this book and those little details drive me nuts. Since it was just the 11th Expanded Universe novel I suppose we could forgive that but there are three trilogies that came out before this book and it had to be someone’s job to keep these details straight.

Hambly’s next novel would be Planet of Twilight. While I think that Star Wars novels should reflect the times from which they are written this was a pretty depressing time and this book was written when religious cults were something of an epidemic in America and my feelings come from trying to find something to escape from that only to see it reflected back in an entertainment form.

The plot of the novel takes us to a backwater former prison planet where Leia has been taken prisoner by a religious cult. Luke is on a search for his long-lost love Callista and Han and Chewie are attempting a rescue mission.

Instead of going on I will let the fans determine her fate when the live voting portion of this tournament goes live Monday March 20th.

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