A More Civilized Age…Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

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Last year, Sequart published a pair of anthology books discussing Star Wars, starting with A Long Time Ago… Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe and followed by A Galaxy Far, Far Away… Exploring Star Wars Comics. To round out the trilogy, as is often the case with many things Star Wars, Sequart released its third in the series, A More Civilized Age… Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe! Read More

Interview with Steve Perry

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Originally published February 8, 1998

 

Steve Perry, author of Shadows of the Empire, was the first author to pen a Star Wars novel taking place between two original trilogy films: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Most of the books that have come out since Tim Zahn’s Heir to the Empire in 1991 were set after the theatrical trilogy’s finale.

Shadows of the Empire is a fantastic piece of work and accurately reflects the action, adventure, and excitement of the original trilogy. It was launched as part of a huge multimedia extravaganza including a CD soundtrack, video game, action figures and toys, comics, and more. Some of Steve’s work was even referenced in the Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition. I had a quick chat with to Steve Perry resulting in some rapid-fire answers about his work. Enjoy! Read More

Shadows of the Empire Fan Film on Kickstarter

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Shadows of the Empire is hands down my favorite Expanded Universe story. I feel it’s one of the only ones that really captured the essence of the other Star Wars films. Neatly sandwiched between Empire and Jedi, it filled a gap which definitely needed filling.

It read just like one of the films. It had a great story, a really cool villain, all the usual characters (except Han who was still frozen at the time), plus enough new bits and pieces to keep it fresh and interesting.

Those who were around and following it at the time will remember that it was a huge media blitz consisting of a book, comic adaptation, video game, soundtrack score, action figures, toys, trading cards and more. I loved the book and even interviewed the author for this site.

So when I saw that some fan-filmmakers started a Kickstarter drive to make the film, my interest was naturally piqued. They’re looking to raise $10,000.

Head over and check out the Kickstarter page. If you’re interested, back the project.