On September 9, I will release the New Revised Edition of my collection of essays A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars. It includes not only updated content from the original version but also two brand new chapters.
This is the table of contents for this New Revised Edition:
Introduction: Why Representation Matters and Why Star Wars has a Role to Play
Chapter 1: Star Wars Rebels: A New Text to Link the Old
Chapter 2 : Lando Calrissian : Iconic Scoundrel
Chapter 3: Star Wars’ Jedi Younglings: A Benevolent but Controversial Education System
Chapter 4: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II – A Milestone for Star Wars Female Characters
Chapter 5: Mara Jade: Pillar of the Star Wars Expanded Universe
Chapter 6 : Female Wizards: Jocasta Nu and Kreia
Chapter 7: Tenel Ka: Negotiating Acquired Disability
Chapter 8: Nala: The Missing Link between Disney Princesses and Leia Organa
The book will be available in Kindle format on September 9 (print version TBA later this year as I am waiting for the proof copy to arrive at the moment), on all Amazon sites, including Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada. You can also find the book’s Goodreads page here. A Galaxy of Possibilities will also get a virtual book tour which I will post about during September.
Next week may be a quiet one on this blog. The Digital Quill Answers will happen on Thursday, as always. I am have some writing related posts coming up but I am still toying with exact topics.
Also, don’t forget to stop by Sourcerer today, where I write another Star Wars Saturday and reveal details about the upcoming release of the New Revised Editionof A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars.
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