The Legends of Luke Skywalker may give you stories but we are here today with two truths and a lie about Luke Skywalker. Tell us in the comments which one is a lie and be sure to pick up The Legends of Luke Skywalker – out Tuesday!
Two Truths and a Lie
Luke was the first born of the twins.
Luke is a self taught Jedi.
Once severed, Luke’s robotic hand will no longer move.
Interview with Ken Liu
We are so excited to have you writing in the Star Wars world! What was it like getting that call/email?
As you can imagine, it was the best. I’ve been a lifelong fan of Star Wars, and to be invited to join a galaxy far, far away was a dream come true. I was so excited that before my initial meeting with the Lucasfilm Publishing team I had trouble going to sleep.
And as it turned out, it was even better than I imagined.
The Legends of Luke Skywalker is a collection of myths and legends. What is your favorite actual Luke Skywalker moment from the books/movies/comics?
The moment we see Luke Skywalker for the first time in The Return of the Jedi. To see the whiny farm boy from A New Hope stand before Jabba and announce himself as a Jedi Knight still makes me want to jump up and cheer.
What made you fall in love with Star Wars?
The novelization of The Empire Strikes Back. As a kid growing up in China, I didn’t have access to the films, so the Chinese translation of the novelization was my first exposure to this incredible universe. I fell in love with this world of magic and technology, of wise Jedi knights and evil Siths instantly, and I wanted to get my hands on everything Star Wars. Like millions of other kids around the world, I told myself, “I want more pew pew pew!”
That love of Star Wars never faded. In college I would pull all nighters reading Star Wars novels instead of studying for final exams. I think those were some of the wisest life decisions I’ve ever made.
Is there a character you wish interacted more with Luke than they have? What would they do together?
I wish Yoda got to spend more time with Luke. I know he still had so much to teach Luke, and I really, really wish I got to see them develop their relationship more.
Of your previous characters, who would be a friend of the Force and who would be in the Empire?
I think Goran Pira, the manipulative and ambitious counselor in The Grace of Kings, would fit right in as a high-ranking officer in the Empire. On the other hand, Luan Zya, the scholar in The Grace of Kings who never tired of the search for knowledge, would surely place his faith in the Force.
Actually, forget all that. Pick me! Me me me! I would totally trust in the Force and get more pew! pew! pew! in against the Empire.
THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER
by Ken Liu
Pub. Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Find it: Amazon, Audible, B&N, TBD, Goodreads
As a cargo ship rockets across the galaxy to Canto Bight, the deckhands on board trade stories about legendary Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. But are the stories of iconic and mysterious Luke Skywalker true, or merely tall tales passed from one corner of the galaxy to another? Is Skywalker really a famous Jedi hero, an elaborate charlatan,or even part droid? The deckhands will have to decide for themselves when they hear The Legends of Luke Skywalker.
A collection of myths and tall-tales about the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker, written by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu.
Ken Liu is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer, and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.
Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings (2015), is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty. It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. He subsequently published the second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms (2016) as well as a collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016). He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017).
In addition to his original fiction, Ken also translated numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin’s series, Death’s End (2016) and edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets (2016).
He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
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