The Matt Stover thing isn’t true, per Del Rey. (And of course they don’t say it until after I’ve gone to bed. Sigh.) Of course it isn’t true. This franchise, I swear.
Q:I'm confused. What are we excited about? Stover writing the 7 novelization? Is that what's being implied?
I’m excited because Stover, basically. Now granted, if it turns out to be PT or something I will be less excited, but he’s still one of the best authors they have.
As for it being something EpVII… If the June release date holds, probably not. But the source is Amazon and Century, and their track record this far out is not good. Plus, this is about the same time as the Ventress book is due (‘Summer,’) so I would not be at all shocked if this actually turns out to be a fall or winter book…
Or, you know, it could actually be the Ventress book and they put the wrong name on it and we’re all freaking out over nothing.
Is there a new Matt Stover Star Wars novel in the pipeline?
Now, the last time we heard anything at all about Stover and Star Wars it was 2012, and it was a rumor that he was going to continue/finish the Imperial Commando series. Nothing was ever confirmed, and just over a month later Episode VII and the sale to Disney were announced, putting much of the Expanded Universe in a holding pattern.
We never had any official confirmation that Stover was or had been working on another Star Wars book after 2008’s Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. But if he had been under contract or working on something with Lucasfilm, it’s entirely possible that he may have been set to write something else in the new line of canon novels, just like Paul S. Kemp, Christie Golden and Kevin Hearne.
The publisher, Century, rereleases the Del Rey Star Wars books in the U.K. (They even seem to be keeping close to the U.S. release dates now – Tarkin is out only two later.) Of course, it is an Amazon listing, but the hardcover status makes it hard to write this off as a reprint of one of his older books. (And it seems unlikely the rumored Comando book would have been hardcover, if it somehow made it into the database regardless.) A June release date makes it unlikely this is the Episode VII novelization, alas, but who knows?
Well, I’m curious… And I hope this doesn’t turn out to be some sort of mistake, or some sort of special edition of his Revenge of the Sith novelization. (Admittedly, it’s excellent, just not new.) Fingers crossed!
Hours after my ask… Okay, Del Rey, there is one book I will get excited over. You found it. If this is true, anyway.