Newswire: 20 Star Wars books are coming out this year to fill in gaps before The Force Awakens

Before Disney bought Star Wars and declared that (almost) everything except the movies was no longer canon, an endless line of artists, writers, action figure makers, video game developers, and board game miniature designers filled in gaps between Star Wars movies with their own officially licensed adventures, toys, and board games. Characters like Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Darth Revan, and Galen Marek became important figures in the mythology, even though they never appeared in the actual movies. But now, all of that has been left behind like so many corpses of aunts and uncles, and the Star Wars universe is once again a vast and mysterious twin-sunned desert planet of possible stories.

With J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens coming out on December 18, though, Disney and Lucasfilm are ready to start filling in some of those new gaps that they’ve created in between movies. To do that …

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