Timothy Zahn conducted an AMA on Reddit on Wednesday to talk about his three-decade-plus writing career, but it’s no surprise that the majority of questions he fielded were about his Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. We’ve talked plenty about Zahn’s work, like how Heir to the Empire turned Star Wars into bonafide science fiction. In short, Zahn’s novels are seminal to the EU.
Which is why Star Wars fans were distraught to learn that what we all know as the EU is not being considered canon alongside the upcoming films. A press release from Disney and Del Rey in April classified the EU novels under the heading of Star Wars Legends, setting them apart from the original six films, the forthcoming sequels, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels.
But Zahn said something very interesting in his AMA about the mindset in which readers should approach the EU, and how “canon” actually matches up with contradictions.