Returning to a galaxy far, far away…

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Reassurance: This post does not contain any spoilers

So, have we all seen the new Star Wars film then?! Enjoyed it?! Good.

Warning: The rest of this post contains Star Wars geekery

As nice as it is to see the long-awaited continuance of the Star Wars saga on the big screen, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed that the new ‘canon’ has rendered the multitude of Expanded Universe literature almost obsolete. Now, some of you might wonder what ‘Expanded Universe’ is exactly – well it’s basically an extension to the cinematic Star Wars that we all know and love through novels, graphic novels and computer games all authorised by George Lucas. An author couldn’t have Han Solo fart without Lucas’ final approval.

220px-HeirToTheEmpireAnyway, to cut a long story short, there were some brilliant novels and stories written about the post-Return of the Jedi Star Wars universe. In 1992, Timothy Zahn’s trilogy of books – Heir To The Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command – were published with a tale of a strategic genius, Grand Admiral Thrawn leading what was left of the Empire against the embryonic New Republic lead by Princess Leia. Lei a ultimately gave birth to twins and then had to keep them out of the hands of a loony cloned Jedi who teams up with Thrawn.

There then followed twenty-odd years of additions to the Expanded Universe.

Luke becomes a Jedi Master and sets up a Training Academy on Yavin 4 – the site of the Jedi base in A New Hope. Just check the Wikipedia page for the full list of works – Star Wars Expanded Universe. Then feel an element of disappointment knowing these can now never be brought to life.

And do you know what galls me the most? I had quite a lot of these books, and gave them away because my ex-wife wouldn’t find the room to store them.

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