Isn’t It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid’s Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion? 

Screenshot via Hulu/The Handmaid’s Tale The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the finest dystopian novels ever written, and it is, inescapably and fundamentally, about women’s oppression under an ultra-conservative regime. The much-anticipated Hulu series based on the book doesn’t shy away from the original subject matter; it couldn’t, really, and remain the Handmaid’s Tale. Which […]

The New Thrawn Novel Is Forcing Star Wars Wiki Writers to Work Overtime

Image: Thrawn cover from Star Wars Celebration special edition, Del Rey Thrawn, the most anticipated Star Wars book since Disney bought Lucasfilm and declared the old Expanded Universe novels to no longer be canon, is out today. And the things being introduced in it already have Wookiepedia entries. Full disclosure, I am only on page […]

Star Wars Is Poised to Re-Make One of the Expanded Universe’s Biggest Mistakes

Image: By Chris Scalf for The Essential Guide to Warfare (Del Rey) When Disney acquired Star Wars and Lucasfilm announced the all the stories of the Expanded Universe had been jettisoned, it seemed like a galaxy far, far away was getting a fresh start. But that hasn’t totally been true, as pieces of the EU […]

How Good Are the ‘Best’ Star Wars Books, Really? 

Image: Heir to the Empire cover by Rich Kelly (Lucasfilm/Del Rey) Next week, Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn, a book about the rise to power of everyone’s favorite grand admiral, will be released. I’ve never anticipated a Star Wars book more, and now seems like the right time to look back at the books that introduced him […]