Star Wars March Madness: Eight 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 eighth seed in the Grand Moff Tarkin Bracket and final seed of the tournament:

Greg Bear

While I am not a huge fan of prequel era star wars stuff…Someone gave me Rogue Planet for Christmas the year it came out and I read it…and I actually liked it. Something about a living planet really appealed to me. IT was not something we had seen before and since I read this book before I got into the New Jedi Order series I stumbled my way into reading the prequel of that story in correct chronological order.

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Rogue Planet was published in May of 2000 in the middle of the NJO series intial run and it is of course a way to tie in the books to the prequel era. Normally I frown upon book from 30 years past the Original Trilogy tieing back to prequel era movies and books. However I thought this was handled really well. Mostly because it is just the back story of something that will come towards the end of the NJO run. I am really down on later attempts by writers to do this as they became minor plot points that were just annoying to read. Especially when Luke finds the recordings of Anakin Skywalker and Padme in R2-D2’s memory banks.

This book tells a story of Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi  going to the planet Zonama Sekot. I think I like this story because it explores their relationship a lot. At this point in the timeline Anakin is 12 and he tends to get himself into trouble and Kenobi has t spend some time pulling him out of it. This story also tells some back story of Wilhuff Tarkin and as far as I can tell that remains consistent with new canon works about our favorite Imperial.

As a #8 seed Greg Bear will have to earn a first round victory to secure an invitation to future tournaments. He draws a match-up against #1 seed Timothy Zahn for the first round and faces a near impossible task of moving on.

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Star Wars March Madness: Eight 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 eighth and final seed in the Yoda bracket:

Sean Stewart

So if you name a bracket after everyone’s favorite green Star Wars character you probably have to seed the guy that wrote the only Yoda book I can think of. Sean Stewart made his deal with Lucasfilm contingent upon being allowed to write a story with Yoda at the center of it. Not something The book group did for a lot of writers as for the most part Yoda was kept out of the books allowing George Lucas alone to craft his story.

For most of the Expanded Universe this is not a huge deal. Yoda (spoilers) dies in Episode 6. So for 15 years or so as the EU focused on the post Return of the Jedi timeline Yoda was dead and gone and obviously not a part of the story being told.

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Stewart’s lone Star Wars novel was Yoda: Dark Rendezvous. IT was a part of the Clone Wars multi media project and even though it focuses on a major character was not originally publsihed in hard cover. The project was a replacement for a novel to hae focused on Shaak Ti. The concept of thisbook run was the hardcoverswould deal with major charactes while the paperbacks would tell the tale of background characters from the prequel trilogy.

Not being a fan of prequel era stuffI ahve not read this book but it appears the main plot invovlesYodagoing to see Count Dooku to ngoiate a cease fire to the now two year old galaxy wide conflict.

As a eight seed Stewart will need to earn a first round victory to secure invitation to future Star Wars Book Club tournaments. He will face Michael Stackpole, so the challenge is formidable. Live fan voting begins Monday, March 20th on Facebook and Twitter.

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Star Wars March Madness: Eight 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 eighth seed in the Darth Vader Bracket:

R.A. Salvatore

It is time to stir the pot a bit. No matter what R.A. Salvatore goes onto do in Star Wars, or anywhere else he is going to be remembered as they guy that killed off Chewbacca. Not only killed him off but dropped a moon on our favorite Wookie. I remember reading Vector Prime for the first time and being shocked…like Ned Stark losing his head shocked….when Chewbacca met his grim fate. I could not believe George Lucas allowed this to happen. I know that many Expanded Universe fans think this an act of evil. I never thought it such, but this death has certainly made Salvatore an unpopular Star Wars writer.

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Vector Prime was the first book of the New Jedi Order series but more importantly it was the first book published while Del Rey held the license for Star Wars books. They wanted to shake things up and sort of prove that the Star Wars universe wasn’t safe…that anything could happen to anyone.

In the timeline we are 25 years past the Battle of Yavin and Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo’s children are becoming adults. There is an entire book series about their Jedi Training so some EU readers are very familiar with these characters when this book was published. In those 25 years our collected and growing group of heroes as faced galactic threats large small time and time again. It is completely inconceivable that they all would have survived these many different and varied threats. I cannot suspend my disbelief for that long, and to be perfectly honest the book universe had become stale.

Seen through a modern lense…after watching a movie called Rogue One where (SPOILERS) every character dies at it raises the stakes for movies produced 40 years ago across the board we can definetly say that a main character death was necessary and likely way past the time for eventuality. Had Lucas killed off Han in Episode 6 maybe this would not be the case but back in 1999 it most assuredly was. Like it or not somebody had to go and in the books, where Chewie wasn’t the main main character driving the plot, the readers needed to be reminded of the stakes.

As something of an after note Salvatore also wrote the novelization of Episode 2 which did nothing to raise his reputation in the minds of Star Wars fans. Again the lesson to be learned here is killing off a main character (especially one from the movies) is not a great career step for a Start Wars author. Of course I could get one Star Wars novel published and die a happy and content writer.

As an eight seed Salvatore will need to secure a first round victory to be invited to future tournaments. He will face one seed Troy Denning in the first round. Live fan voting begins Monday March 20th on Facebook and Twitter.

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Star Wars March Madness: Eight 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 eighth and final seed in the Luke Skywalker bracket:

Dave Wolverton

Dave Wolverton was originally hired to write a book trilogy. The first of these books was The Courtship of Princess Leia. It did so poorly sales wise that the trilogy was scrapped and Wolverton would not get another shot at writing a novel for the Expanded Universe. This book is really a hot mess. Is worst sin is that it says Luke Skywalker is weilding a blue lightsaber even though every Star Wars fan from here to the Corellian System knows Luke’s blue lightsaber was lost during his first confrontation with Darth Vader. This book was so bad they had to ret-con the story with other books. This book was so bad they had to change the cover. I could go on but what is the point? Wolverton had a three book deal reduced to one and he never got another chance to write a novel in the EU.

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On the other side of things this novel did introduce us to the planet Dathomir and their force using witches which would go on to become core components of EU stories post in this part of the timeline and in the prequel era where they were a major plot of Star Wars The Clone Wars. ON a more personal note it was while rereading this book that I decided to start the Star Wars book club.

He did go on to write many short stories that were published in the short story anthologies. He also would write and co-write many young adult readers. As an author I am not sold on Wolverton. As a writer of short stories and the like I think he does a better than average job.

As an eight seed Wolverton must win his first round matchup to earn a invitation to future tournaments. He will face one seed James Luceno and there is virtually no way I see that happening. Luceno moving on in the tournament is the surest thing this side of death and taxes. Fan voting begins Monday March 20th on Facebook and Twitter.

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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 Grand Moff Tarkin bracket:

Tim Lebbon

As a seven seed Tim Lebbon will need to secure a victory in the first round to earn an invite to future tournaments. He will face Matthew Stover the two seed so he may be facing a steep uphill battle. Live fan voting will take place on Twitter and Facebook starting Monday March 20th.

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Lebbon’s only contribution to he Expanded Universe was the novel Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void. This was the novelization based on the comic series of the same name and I think a lot of Star Wars fans grew tired of all the tie ins. While I myself am not a comic book fan and did not read them I did find the constant tie-backs to stories I knew nothing about tiresome. As a result I didn’t read a lot of these books especially the ones dealing with the ancient Star Wars past. Not my favorite era but I found Lebbon’s name on many must read Star Wars author’s lists.

This novel centers around Lanoree Brock a member of Je’Daii order. He must stop his own brother from destroying a star system with a black home. This crisis sets up a moral dilemma for Lanoree who seems to be a somewhat reluctant member of the order.

When Disney bought Lucasfilm they wiped away the Expanded Universe and while we have seen them willing to bring in EU elements I do not think this plotline will make it given all that we have seen and read about the Church of the Force.

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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 Yoda Bracket:

Alex Wheeler

Mr. Wheeler earns his seven seed on the strength of his six book run of young adult readers known as the Rebel Force series. It was important for me to include Star Wars writers from all of the media that has been published over the years. We have included the authors of novels, comic book writers, and a few authors of the young adult books. I have not read a lot of these but the ones I have read, mostly from the Disney canon, have been rather good. Now that I have a young adult reader at home these books take on a different meaning as I introduce my son to the world of Star Wars books.

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The Rebel Force series are some of the first from this part of the timeline (0-3 years after the Battle of Yavin) that benefit from full knowledge of the Prequel Trilogy. So there are a lot of plot points that point back at those three movies; including Luke Skywalker podracer.

I think the trap a lot of reader fall into is analyzing these young adult books as the novels clearly written for adults. These are simpler reads with a higher degree of action and not as much character development. They are a jumping off point for new, young Star Wars fans. My son who is becoming an avid reader (like his father) enjoys reading these books and learning about the things he has seen in the movies.

As a seven seed Wheeler will need to earn a first round victory to earn an invitation to future tournaments. His first round opponent will be John Jackson Miller. Live fan voting begins on Monday, March 20th.

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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.

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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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