Production notes and trivia from my experiences on works including
Star Wars: A New Dawn • Star Wars: Kenobi • Star Wars: Knight Errant
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic • Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith
Star Trek • Mass Effect • Overdraft • Iron Man & more!
July 23rd, 2017article and at Comic-Con International: San Diego, I'm one of four authors giving viewers a look at Canto Bight, the playground for the rich seen in this December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: Canto Bight releases as a hardcover, audiobook, and ebook on December 5, a week before the film opens.
I'm joined by authors Rae Carson, Saladin Ahmed, and Mira Grant — and that is about all I can say about the four novellas we'll be presenting. But preorder links are already up at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, so order away:
The B&N links still use the book's pre-publicity code-name, but will be replaced with the correct title shortly. I am also sure there will be Audible, Indiebound, and iTunes links before long.
I have created a page for the book here on the site when more information is available. There's also a page now with preorder links and information for October's Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. That one's getting an audiobook too.
In other news from San Diego, I've always been delighted whenever the Marvel Cinematic Universe draws from my Iron Man comics — mainly, because the nature of the storyline meant that I introduced very few super-powered characters who might be drawn upon. So I was tickled when years after my first Iron Man story arc, "The Best Defense," was released, the reporter I introduced, Christine Everhart, appeared in a prominent role in the first Iron Man movie (where she was played by Leslie Bibb) and later appeared in the sequel and various official web videos.
Turns out that storyline has been tapped again: the villain from that arc, Sonny Burch, was named by Marvel at San Diego as one of the principal characters in next year's Ant-Man & The Wasp.
Burch in my story was a former Cross Technologies exec who went to work for the Pentagon, where he used patent law to legally seize all Tony Stark's Iron Man armor technology for the government; in my story, Tony decided the only way to regain control would be to serve as Secretary of Defense, which he eventually did, thwarting Burch. Tony would hold that position for my 2003-4 run on the book.
Walton Goggins of "Justified" and "Hateful Eight" will play an apparently much younger Burch, who's associated again with Cross Technologies, which we saw in the first Ant-Man film. It's fun seeing that original story's characters turning up years later. Click to read more about the "Best Defense" arc.
May 4th, 2017
12 p.m.: Algonquin Public Library
3 p.m.: Arlington Heights Public Library
...and then another at the Portage County Public Library in downtown Stevens Point, Wis., on the 13th.
But there's always time for an announcement — and this one's just been made by the Halo Waypoint blog. Following my first Halo comics story in Halo: Tales from Slipspace, I'm joining the writers on the Halo: Rise of Atriox series, which debuts in August and chronicles the career of the warlord from Halo Wars 2.
There'll be more details about my specific material in the series later, but the first issue can already be preordered at your local shop and here. The series launches on August 2.
April 7th, 2017
Quite a lot of news to tell! First of all -- teased yesterday as #OperationBlueMilk, Del Rey and StarWars.com have announced my next Star Wars story in the Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View anthology. You can find the official announcement here, and also below:
In celebration of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.
The lineup of authors includes...
Heh! Glen Weldon just interviewed me yesterday for NPR about something unrelated. Small galaxy!
As noted, all author proceeds will be donated to First Book — a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. "To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books — valued at 1 million dollars — to support First Book and their mission of providing educational resources to children in need. Over the past 16 years, Disney has donated more than 57 million books to First Book."
Oh, yes, and as to my story? Well, as the headline indicates, I'll be making a return trip to the Jundland Wastes of Tatooine. Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time... a long time.
So that one's available this October. Random House's preorder link is here; Amazon's link is here. More soon. Next, I have several appearances this month to mention.
• First, on this coming Saturday, April 8, I will be appearing at Shelby County Star Trek Day in Memphis. That's at the Fox and Hound on Sanderlin; it starts at 11 a.m. and I speak at noon.
• Next, there's the ever-popular Star Wars Celebration — my fifth! This returns to Orlando the weekend of the 13th to the 16th. My signing schedule:
Friday, April 14
12:30 p.m. to 1:30
Signing at the Barnes & Noble booth, #2022
Books will be available for sale
Saturday, April 15
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Signing at the Del Rey booth, #2522
Free giveaway of New Dawn mass-market paperback, while they last
I also will be there for a variety of podcasts and other events.
• Finally in April, you will find me at Kansas City's own Planet ComiCon, my first time there. That's from April 28-30. I'll post more info on my Twitter and Facebook pages as it becomes available.
And now, some more Star Trek to speak of. The third and final volume of Star Trek: Prey is now out in audiobook form, once again ably narrated by Robert Petkoff. You can find Book 3 on Audible and iTunes — and you can read my interview about the audiobooks on the official Star Trek site. A sample is below!
And here's something fun: the awesome German covers of the trilogy, coming soon from Cross Cult. The backgrounds form a tryptych!
March 8th, 2017
Tuesday this week marked ten years that I've been writing full-time — and 100+ comics and nine novels (depending on how you count them) later, I'm still at it. This week adds a couple of releases to the shelf — or, rather, one book and one audiobook.
First off, Wednesday sees the release from Marvel of Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Old Republic Vol. 2, comprising issues #19-37 of the Knights of the Old Republic comics series — and some firsts. As with Vol. 1, for example, it includes the six "Holofeed"-style in-universe articles I wrote for the series' second year, located exactly where they should be in continuity. Articles include The Admiral's List, the bounty-hunter blog The Adjudicator, and the Taris Holofeed.
And then — and I'm really happy about this — the book reprints the Knights of the Old Republic Handbook from 2007 in its entirety. (Yes, including Malak's name-that-really-wasn't, a red herring that was only supposed to be in continuity for maybe a couple of months. That was a couple of months too long!) Best of all, it includes Dustin Weaver's amazing cross-sections of the Last Resort and the Moomo Williwaw, which remains one of the crazier things I've ever seen.
The book is available now from your comic shop and Things From Another World; it'll be out slightly later from Amazon and your mass-market bookseller. I'll also have a supply of these available soon in my shop. You can also check out my notes on the issues in the book here.
In the meantime, something else new: The audiobook for Star Trek: Prey Book 2 - The Jackal's Trick is now available from Simon & Schuster Audio. Narrated by Robert Petkoff, it's an unabridged rendition of the book, and another recording I consulted quite a bit on. You can listen to an excerpt here, but beware spoilers for Book 1:
Book 3 will be out a month later. You can find Book 2 at Audible and iTunes.
Some quick event notes: over the next few weeks, I'll be at Midsouthcon in Memphis, Galaxy Comics' 10th Anniversary in Stevens Point, Wis., and, yes, at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. Actually quite a lot of events to report on, so I'll do a longer post on those soon.
February 7th, 2017
The audiobook for the critically acclaimed first book in my Star Trek: Prey trilogy is now available from iTunes and Audible!
Robert Petkoff narrates the whole trilogy, and it's a lot of fun to listen to. I worked with the producers on a lot of the pronunciations, as did my Klingon-language advisor for the series. You can hear a clip from it below, in which Captain Picard hears a voice from the past:
Books 2 and 3 release a month apart and are available for preorder now. These books represent the fifth, sixth, and seventh audiobooks of my work; it's great to hear my words performed!