A More Civilized Age:

Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Almost as soon as there were Star Wars films, there were Star Wars novels. Alan Dean Foster got the ball rolling, ghost-writing the first film’s adaptation for George Lucas, as well as penning a sequel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. Novels covering the exploits of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian soon followed, ushering in what would come to be called the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The EU, like the Force itself, has helped to bind the galaxy together.

More than 250 Star Wars novels have been published by Del Rey, Bantam Books, Ballantine Books, and other companies, aimed at both young and adult readers. Spanning the decades before, during, and after the films’ events, the books have spawned new galactic governments, explored the nature of the Jedi and the Sith, and developed the Star Wars mythos well beyond merely a series of films and television shows. The Expanded Universe — recently re-branded as “Legends” following Disney’s acquisition of the franchise — has grown exponentially, comprising not only the books but also comics, video games, radio shows, role-playing games, and more.

With A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe, editors Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato continue their look back at the franchise’s highs and lows, which began with A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe and A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics. This third volume offers insightful, analytical essays examining the Star Wars EU, contributed by popular film historians, novelists, bloggers, and subject-matter experts — including fan-favorite Star Wars novelists Timothy Zahn and Ryder Windham. The films were just the beginning. Find out how the universe expanded.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

Rich Handley is the editor and cofounder of Hasslein Books and the managing editor of RFID Journal. He has written or co-written five books to date (Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, The Back to the Future Lexicon, and The Back to the Future Chronology), and is currently working on Apes-related projects for BOOM! Studios and Titan Books. Rich has contributed numerous works to the licensed Star Wars franchise, and is co-editing a trio of Star Wars essay books for Sequart with Joe Berenato. He has penned essays for IDW's Star Trek newspaper strip reprint books, Sequart's New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, and ATB Publishing's impending Star Trek anthology, Outside In: TOS 110. In addition, he has written for or edited numerous other publications, including Star Trek Communicator, Star Trek Magazine, Simian Scrolls, Cinefantastique, Sci-Fi Invasion, and Dungeon / Polyhedron.

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Also by Rich Handley:

The Cyberpunk Nexus: Exploring the Blade Runner Universe

contributor

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

co-editor, contributor

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics

co-editor, contributor

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

co-editor, contributor

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

co-editor, contributor

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

contributor

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

By age three, Joseph F. Berenato began a life-long love affair with comic books, monster movies, and science fiction. Hailing from Hammonton, NJ, Joe obtained a B.A. in English and spent four years as the entertainment editor of The Hammonton Gazette before returning to his roots at his family's blueberry farm. Joe was a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters, and is currently hard at work authoring or co-authoring two reference guides for Hasslein Books: It's Alive: The Unauthorized Universal Monsters Encyclopedia (with Jim and Becky Beard) and Something Strange: The Complete Unauthorized Ghostbusters Encyclopedia. A graduate student at Rowan University, Joe will earn an M.A. in writing in 2015. In what little spare time he has left, Joe serves as an administrator, art director, and content contributor at AtomicWanderers.com.

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Also by Joseph F. Berenato:

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

co-editor, contributor

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics

co-editor, contributor

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

co-editor, contributor

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

co-editor, contributor

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

editor, contributor

Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters

contributor

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