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Lit Journey to The Last Jedi - The Rebel Files by Daniel Wallace (Canon too!)

Discussion in 'Literature' started by AdmiralNick22 , Apr 17, 2017.

  1. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Do we have a thread for this? If not, I'm all about this book. :D

    --Adm. Nick
     
  2. SWpants

    SWpants Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Woah.
     
  3. Darkslayer

    Darkslayer Force Ghost star 6

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    What is this? Reminds me of the Book of Sith.
     
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  4. Barriss_Coffee

    Barriss_Coffee Chosen One star 6

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    That looks awesome. And it also looks like something that will spy on me in my home.
     
  5. Zohar

    Zohar Jedi Padawan star 1

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    The book that was missing in the manuals hall!
     
  6. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Thanks to friend of the boards and SW superfan Dan Wallace, we learned a few things on Twitter about this awesome book:​
    "It has a scrapbooky feel told with in-universe docs. Reveals Alliance history from Rebels-ROTJ and is basically a huge Mon Mothma jam."
    Which is awesome, as anything covering Rebels through ROTJ that is canon is basically a dream book of mine. :D
    When asked by a certain fan of Ackbar (identity unknown... :p ;) ) whether Ackbar was a part of the guide:​
    "Ackbar content confirmed"
    Needless to say, that fan offer to pay large sums to Dan as thanks. To which I...er... the fan learned was to be paid in whaladon ivory. [face_laugh]^:)^
    Joking aside, I'm thrilled to be getting more Dan Wallace content in the NEU canon. He's been missed and I am certain we'll all be extremely impressed by this book. :)
    --Adm. Nick​
     
  7. vong333

    vong333 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Yeah, I am totally buying this. I loved the other three that came out before.
     
  8. JediBatman

    JediBatman Jedi Knight star 3

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    Sweet! I have the Jedi, Sith, Bounty Hunter, and Imperial handbooks he wrote, and I always thought we sorely needed a Rebel equivalent to complement the Imperial one and complete the set. And the timing is pretty good, now it can include stuff from Rebels and Rogue One.
     
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  9. SienneRe

    SienneRe Jedi Knight star 2

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    Do we know a release date of it? (so much want!)
     
  10. SilentGuy66

    SilentGuy66 Jedi Master star 4

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    Yes! The closest we got to getting a canon Book Of Sith etc was Rey's Survival Guide and Poe's Flight Log, although they were nice they didn't have the "you're holding an actual document from the star wars universe in your hands" feel.
     
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  11. LelalMekha

    LelalMekha Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    It looks sweet! But it's weird that this one will be canon when Jedi Path, Book of Sith, the Imperial Handbook and the Bounty Hunter manual are not...
     
  12. Darkslayer

    Darkslayer Force Ghost star 6

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    I hope those collector's editions get re-released someday - would love the Sith one.
     
  13. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    The release date is listed as November 1st, 2017 according to a link over on the Wookieepedia.

    --Adm. Nick
     
  14. JediBatman

    JediBatman Jedi Knight star 3

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    Day before my birthday, excellent! Though realistically I may have to wait for the cheaper version that comes without the case.
     
  15. Darth_Garak

    Darth_Garak Jedi Master star 4

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    Nice, this is a must buy.
     
  16. Dan Wallace

    Dan Wallace Author: Essential Atlas, Essential Guides, RPG star 3 VIP

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    Just timing, really. The others were all written before the Disney acquisition, although The Imperial Handbook was actually published after and was in a weird state of canon limbo until someone realized it should probably be Legends.

    This one was fully planned & written under the new continuity with input from the Story Group.
     
  17. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    First off, like I said on Twitter, I'm super excited to see you working in the SW universe again. You & Jason remain my top two favorite writers for this sort of book, so I have zero doubts that it won't a super well received work by fans. :

    When writing something like this, how do you approach weaving old canon tidbits into the new canon? I noticed that in the Rogue One Visual Guide, Pablo found a really cool balance between crafting new history for the Rebellion and dropping tidbits straight from the old WEG Rebel Alliance Sourcebook (chief of state title, setup of Rebel civilian gov't, Telaris reference, etc).

    Any tantalizing hints that you can tease about the book/be bribed to divulge? I just spent the weekend illegally whaling Whaldon, so I've got plenty of ivory for payment... [face_devil]

    --Adm. Nick
     
  18. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    And this, friends, is why you can never trust Rebels.


    Missa ab iPhona mea est.
     
  19. Endol

    Endol Jedi Knight star 3

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    I'm looking forward to this and it's synergy with Jason frys rebel dossier /mission files
     
  20. Darth_Duck

    Darth_Duck Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Whaladons are sentient you monster! I don't go hunting Norwegians.
     
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  21. Dan Wallace

    Dan Wallace Author: Essential Atlas, Essential Guides, RPG star 3 VIP

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    Good catch! I worked closely with Jason's manuscript for Rebel Dossier, and used a lot of the same conventions like how the Rebel Alliance would use document headers and the like. There's a numbering/classification system that seemed to be present in Jason's docs which I carried over into The Rebel Files.
     
  22. Dan Wallace

    Dan Wallace Author: Essential Atlas, Essential Guides, RPG star 3 VIP

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    I included lots of old references. In my experiences so far under the new canon, there's no point in recreating things that don't need to be recreated. If the Mantooine Liberators were an important part of the early Rebel Alliance according to WEG, why couldn't they still be a part of the new canon alongside groups like the Lothal rebels? There's no reason, really. So things like that go into the manuscript and I trust that if Lucasfilm has an issue with it, it'll get flagged. Somebody like Pablo or Leland is guaranteed to recognize that and will know how to deal with it in context.

    Now, something like Garm Bel Iblis? That won't work, or at least that's too messy for me to try to make it work. And it's character-based lore, and character stuff is much more likely to be off-limits in order to leave avenues for potential future fiction projects like novels and animation.

    Then there's a third category, the wink-and-nod category. Like in Jason's Rebel Dossier he doesn't reference the Eye of Palpatine (too messy), but he does reference the star system where the Eye of Palpatine was constructed. Those things are partially an "I see what you did there" for fans--but they're also something that makes sense in-universe under the first category above. If that system exists in the new canon [and it does, we use the same map] and if it was capable of building an automated battlemoon in the old canon, then in the new canon it's probably still an Imperial shipyard at minimum.
     
  23. MercenaryAce

    MercenaryAce Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    You are really missing out then.
     
  24. Zohar

    Zohar Jedi Padawan star 1

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    No love for Garm :(
     
  25. Karl0413

    Karl0413 Jedi Master star 4

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    Excuse me, but we got a new Garm:

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