Last week, Disney and Lucasfilm announced "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens," a collection of novels and comics that would bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The first major piece of that puzzle will be Star Wars: Aftermath, a novel written by acclaimed author and all-around penmonkey Chuck Wendig.
The greater implication of this, of course, is that the Internet is just a magical tube of paste that you can just squeeze really hard to make wishes come true.
Word of this novel was making the rounds on social media earlier this week when a listing for the novel popped up on the Random House website, but the announcement today on StarWars.com gives us more meaningful details. For example, Aftermath is the first book in a trilogy that will take place after the Battle of Endor (you know. Where the Ewoks were).
"My earliest - and still one of my best - movie-going experiences as a kid was being a four-year-old watching The Empire Strikes Back at a drive-in theater with my sister," Wendig says in the announcement. "My jaw dropped and I don't think I've found it, yet. Those movies opened up a world for me, and my love of storytelling comes from them and from the galaxy of smaller, connected stories, too - from the toys to the games to the books. In fact, one of the first novels I ever read was the novelization of A New Hope. I have a son who will in a few short months be my age when I saw Empire, so to be involved with the Star Wars universe just as the new film is coming out - it feels like not only something akin to kismet, but a great and powerful privilege."
The book will be released on September 4.