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May 4 2012 11:00am
For May the 4th, Our Star Wars Expanded Universe Pitches

Part of what makes Star Wars such a unique phenomenon is the way in which we, the fans truly take ownership of it. Part of this is because Star Wars shaped our childhood in amazing ways, and part of it is because it still gives us something to talk about as seemingly full-grown adults.

For many Star Wars only exists in the classic trilogy, while others are kind enough to include the prequels. And then there’s the crazy part of the fandom who include the books, video games and comics. Many of the Tor.com staff loves the Star Wars “expanded universe” and as such, today on May the 4th, we’re sharing our ideas for stories taking place in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

 

Ryan

I’ve got two ideas. The first is a novel called A Closer Galaxy, which is basically just a regular novel, set on Earth, in our galaxy, but in a reality in which the Force was real, and all that stuff actually happened in another real galaxy, far, far away. The novel will have a prologue that is way too long, written by a faux-scientist who “explains” that a specific galaxy in the Crab Nebula or something is where all the Star Wars stuff went down. Then the story will really take off, which will simply be a rom-com involving 30 somethings who work at a blog, but are all secretly Force users. Most of this results in people’s coffee being dumped out or mind tricks involving de-friending people on Facebook. Also, instead of a moon, this version of Earth will have a round, luminescent space station called The Life Star.

Dexter Jettster takes the witness stand

My other idea also a novel. It’s called The Trial of Dexter Jettster. I think we all know why Dex is on trial.

 

Chris

A Tales of the Bounty Hunters / Tales from Jabba’s Palace type anthology except about all the secondary characters from the prequels, like Ric Olie, Watto, the shapeshifting bounty hunter from Attack of the Clones, and so on, would be cool.

But what I REALLY want is a biography of Jar-Jar Binks that treats the character seriously, but not lovingly, from the perspective of someone retelling the fall of the Old Republic from a political history angle. (Like someone recounting the career of Deep Throat and how he wound through the Nixon administration and others, so to speak.) It would utilize the canon of the films, be Lucasarts approved, and just be titled Jar-Jar Binks. Although the subtitle would be something juicy like Unwitting Fascist or Heesa Was There or The Phantom Menace.) You could make the character legitimately fascinating this way.

Jar-Jar Binks: Architect of Failure mock up novel

I would seriously write this if given the opportunity. Del Rey/Spectra, you know where to find me.

 

Emily

Okay, so imagine this: Boba Fett and Dengar. “Buddy bounty hunter” genre (because “buddy cop” is so last-100-years). Written like a Martin McDonagh play. Basically, two of the scariest guys in the galaxy saying horribly politically incorrect things about Jawas and Bothans. They pal around, they capture lowlifes and give them a hard time for being dumb enough to get caught, they get drunk and have confusing conversations about glitterstim. Underneath it all, it’s clear that the galaxy is changing and these two are becoming obsolete in the only work they know how to do. I think I’d like to call it, The Man from Kamino Who Would Be Mandalore. Yes.

Or a really long, politically complex, incredibly tedious drama about Jedi. In the Jedi Temple. Talking about the state of younglings and the problems with in-fighting amongst the padawans. You know you’d read it.

 

Bridget

FERAL EWOKS.


Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com and can’t decide whether it should increase or decrease the supply of oxygen to Bridget’s office.

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10 comments
Mordicai Knode
1. mordicai
Post-Apocalyptic Feudal Samurai Sith & Jedi on Dathomir.

I think about this all the time.

I...

...I think I have a problem.

I think about this all the time.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
2. Lisamarie
Hah, I love this. I love the originals of course, and yes, I love the prequels. I think they do have some merit and I enjoy them. Certainly they are not of the same caliber of the originals, but what could be :) I also half heartedly enjoy the clone wars series - they're fun.

I used to be SO into the EU. I do still read the novels occasionally for fun, but I've been a little burned out on them for awhile. There are so many now it's hard to keep up, and I don't really like the direction the EU is taking regarding the Force, the nature of the light/dark side, etc (ie, the Jacen Solo debacle, don't even get me started on that) or the 'gritty realism' that everything seems to have nowadays. Yes, I get that some of the EU really was way too cheesy but I do still miss the old atmosphere of it. When I want gritty realism and grey morality, I read Game of Thrones.

I still find a lot to enjoy - I love Karen Traviss's work, actually (especially her novels about the clone troopers - I think they raise some really interesting philosophical questions), and Star Wars EU is also what introduced me to Mike Stackpole.

I would totally read the Jar Jar bio, haha.

I would kind of like to read about the origins of the Prophecy mentioned in the prequels, since there didn't seem to be a lot of prophesying in the original trilogy. Maybe somebody has already written that and I just don't know!
Bridget McGovern
3. BMcGovern
Announcement: I'm starting a band called "Wookiee St. Claire and the Feral Ewoks." But there will be ACTUAL Feral Ewoks involved, and they WILL chew your knees off, if given half a chance. That is all.
Chris Hawks
4. SaltManZ
Really, I just want Lucasbooks to let Matthew Stover write the final adventure of the Big Three like he wants to.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
5. Lisamarie
I love Matthew Stover - I really loved his novelization of RotS (I know I said I wasn't a fan of grimmer tone of the EU, but I think RotS warranted it), and although I wasn't a particular fan of the NJO books, I enjoyed his offering. I've thought about seeking out some of his other books.

If he did write the Big Three, that would be great, as long as they went out with some dignity and hope, and not a feeling like everything from the original trilogy was in vain/reversed (which is how I feel about a lot of the newer EU).
Anthony Pero
6. anthonypero
Well lets see, the EU already has Star Wars space opera (duh), Star Wars horror, Star Wars romance, Star Wars military sf, Star Wars Medical, there's even a Star Wars zombie novel out, I think. But there is a genre that is underrepresented, nay, downright excluded, and it's unfair:

Blaxploitation.

That's right, let's let Mace Windu be who he really longs to be. Can ya dig it?

Star Wars: Mace Windu: Smoov Operator
Star Wars: Mace Windu: Boss Man's Brotha
Star Wars: Mace Windu: Black Side of the Force

Imagine Undercover Brother, (oh, look!, the poster even has the pose) but with lightsabers. He can ride in a tricked out old jallopy space ship with the top down, because he's just that badass.
Ian Johnson
7. IanPJohnson
I would combine the Star Wars universe with Michael Moorcock's Multiverse.

Here's the elevator pitch: As Elric of Melniboné quests for Tanelorn, he discovers a strange rift through the dimensions that lead him into a wide, spreading desert planet: Tatooine. He visits Obi-Wan Kenobi, and learns how to wield a lightsaber, then sets off on a quest across the Star Wars universe, searching for a mystical artifact– along the way, rescuing princesses and discovering that the first Jedi were actually a breakaway group of Melnibonéans.

Also, because this is my fantasy and I can do what I want, at one point Elric and Obi-Wan visit Serenity, and for some reason, Buffy is there.

Imagine: Elric dual-wielding Stormbringer and a red lightsaber.

Someone on DeviantArt MAKE THIS A REALITY.
AlBrown
8. AlBrown
There was a time when my son and I were totally immersed in the expanded universe. We played X-Wing on computers, read the books and comics, listened to audio dramas, watched the rereleased original trilogy. At the peak of our involvement, I got cleared by Lucasfilms to write short fiction for West End Games, only to have the outfit go bankrupt. By the time a new gaming company was soliciting for writers, the whole expanded universe had gone into a whole new phase, the prequels were coming out, and I 'lost the bubble' on the whole series. So if I were to add to the expanded universe, it would be during that period that I enjoyed the most, the period just after the events portrayed in the original trilogy.
Gilmoure Gylbard
9. Gilmoure
A young woman, run out of money, stuck on a small planet. A private starship captain and his rummy mate. A corrupt local gov't in league with the fascists. It writes itself!

I'd walk home if it wasn't for all that vaccuum.

Maybe one about a long drawn out siege where the best Jedi gets angry, feeling he's been slighted by the commanding general and decides not to fight until his best friend is killed?
Gilmoure Gylbard
10. Gilmoure
Ooh, there's no xenomorph bug hunt stories are there? Oh, wait, feral Ewoks.

Man, those guys are everywhere!

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