Author Karen Traviss has published a slew of successful books, from her own Wess'har Wars series to a number of Star Wars, Halo and Gears of War novels. But for her new techno-thriller Going Grey, she decided to walk away from a mainstream publishing contract and self-publish. She explains why.
Video game movies may seem permanently consigned to suck-land, but video game novels are proving they can attract talent that other media tie-ins can't hold onto. Case in point: Karen Traviss. Turns out Star Wars' loss was Halo's gain.
Literary scifi authors from Vonda McIntyre to Jeff VanderMeer and Thomas Disch have written "works for hire" - tie-ins to movie, TV, or game franchises. Now authors tell io9 why they did it - and no, it wasn't for money.
Fans have launched a petition to get Karen Traviss to return and finish her masterful series of Star Wars novels featuring the Imperial Commandos. But she tells io9 it's too late, and explains what happened to her Boba Fett novel.
George Lucas' live-action Star Wars TV series is still moving forward in Australia, and little clues are slowly popping up here and there as to which characters will turn up, and which Star Wars film will it most emulate.