Last week, Disney and Lucas Books unveiled an ambitious plan to chart the course between the Star Wars films Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens through the release of at least 20 books, ranging from children's sticker books to novels for adults, in the months leading up to the J.J. Abrams-directed seventh installment in the Star Wars saga this December. The years after Return of the Jedi were already described through an immense series of Star Wars novels that have now been rendered non-canon by Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, and now Disney and Lucasfilm have the opportunity to reframe that story through a series of books, films, games and whatever else they can think of. Star Wars canon is being redefined in 2015, and now we have the first details of a novel that will document what happened in the aftermath of the Battle of Endor.
In a post on the official Star Wars website, Lucas Books senior editor Jennifer Heddle announced Tuesday that the first novel to follow the events of Return of the Jedi will be titled Star Wars: Aftermath and will be written by acclaimed novelist Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds, Mockingbird). The novel will take place, as the title suggests, in the aftermath of the destruction of the second Death Star and the apparent defeat of the Empire by the Rebel Alliance. Heddle describes the novel's concerns like this:
The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them?
Heddle also announced that Aftermath will be the first in a trilogy of novels bridging the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, so we can expect even more details to emerge after Aftermath. We've already been promised plenty of The Force Awakens easter eggs from this Star Wars publishing initiative, and now we know where many of those will begin: in the chaos that follows the great victory of the last chronological Star Wars film.
Check out the cover for Aftermath below. You can pre-order the book here, and look for it in stores in September.
(Via Star Wars)