Monday, May 9, 2011

Star Wars Publishing Update: Release Date Changes

Del Rey's Star Wars Books Facebook page has let us know about some changes to previously announced release dates for four novels. 

STAR WARS: CHOICES OF ONE by Tim Zahn moves to 7/12/11 (Previously 7/19/11)

STAR WARS: FATE OF THE JEDI: ASCENSION by Christie Golden moves to 8/9/11 (Previously 8/16/11)

STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE EMPIRE 20th Anniversary Edition moves to 9/13/11
(Previously 6/28/11)

STAR WARS: RIPTIDE by Paul Kemp moves to 10/25/11 (Previously 9/27/11)

It is nice to see Choices of One and Ascension moved up a week each, but approximately 6 week delay for Heir to the Empire's re-release and approximately a month delay for Riptide makes for a long wait for these much anticipated books.  With FotJ: Conviction and a paperback reprint of Fatal Alliance coming out May 24th, and Choices of One coming out July 12th, there isn't a huge gap by skipping June.  Hopefully it means they are printing extra HttE books in anticipation of a huge demand. 

The upside, is that I hope the 20th Anniversary edition of HttE becomes an impulse buy for those also purchasing the Star Wars Blu-Ray and opens up the Expanded Universe to fans who may not have ventured beyond the movies yet.  The EU is so much fun, I wish all Star Wars fans would partake of it.

I am totally bummed by the fact that Riptide is getting pushed back a month as Paul S. Kemp is quickly becoming one of my favorite Star Wars authors.  I worry that this book may get lost in the shuffle coming only a week after Drew Karpyshyn's Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan.

SOURCE: Star Wars Books Facebook

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