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James Luceno’s new novel, Star Wars: Catalyst, is officially on shelves today and we plan to give it a closer look in a future article. In the meantime, Entertainment Weekly has shared an excerpt from the book, which follows the Erso family and their old friend Orson Krennic during the Clone Wars, when they first started collaborating on a certain top secret project. Here’s a sample:

Sitting hunched on the couch in their residence in the facility, Galen looked up from his notebook in recognition of the fact that he and Jyn were actually occupying the same room—an infrequent event in the wake of renewed tension between him and Lyra.  She had her sketch screen in her lap and was working furiously on a creating an image of some sort, speaking quietly but animatedly to herself while she worked the controls and drew her forefinger across the screen.

Galen had his own small datapad in hand and was working on an equation he had been struggling with for weeks.  Having found a way to alter the internal structure of the crystals, the kybers seemed in turn to have found a way to alter his.  Despite not having heard from Orson, a new sense of urgency had crept into the research, as if someone or something was whispering to him to hurry, hurry …

Ever since he had transmitted the faceting data to Orson and his team, he felt as if he had been running a low-grade fever, with some part of his mind fixed on solving a calculation that was veiled from consciousness.  That it regarded the kybers he had no doubt, but the actual nature of the problem had yet to reveal itself.  Plagued nonetheless, he had documented his dreams in the notebook.  He had long ago mapped the landscape of his subconscious and could usually decipher what his dreams were telling him, but his recent ones seemed to be taking place off the map, set in unknown regions of his mind.  The dream journal ran for several pages, with many of its entries written in the middle of the night or immediately following a nap, and were broken here and there by sketches that rambled into calculations, stray thoughts, microscopically jotted notes he could barely untangle even now.

You can read more at the link above.

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Meanwhile, has published a quick list of six reasons why you need to read Star Wars: Catalyst, which reveals that the film features Grand Moff Tarkin as a key character and will explain everything you need to know about Jyn Erso’s mother. It’s not the most exciting list in the work and it is, by design, completely free of actual details from the book, but it may be what you need if you’re still considering whether or not you want to pick up the book for yourself.

The Rogue One haven’t featured much (if any) music from the film’s actual soundtrack, but ScreenRant’s Ben Kendrick has discovered who was behind it, if you’d like to hear more of their work.

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Jedi Bibliothek (via Star Wars Underworld) has discovered Entertainment Weekly’s plan to publish a 96-page “Ultimate Guide to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” next month. The special edition magazine will feature the usual behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, but also a new Star Wars timeline. You should be able to pick up a copy for yourself on December 9, 2016.

Although many fans see Star Wars as pure escapism, it’s important to remember that George Lucas was a politically minded filmmaker and that the original 1977 Star Wars can easily be read as commentary on the Vietnam War filtered through imagery of a Buck Rogers serial. So don’t be surprised that the people behind Rogue One and other upcoming Star Wars movies are directly addressing the current status of the United States – they’re just following in Lucas’ footsteps.

While Star Wars: Episode 8 director Rian Johnson simply responded to the election of Donald Trump with a picture of the Rebel Alliance symbol, Rogue One writer Chris Weitz shared the image above, showcasing his solidarity with those who fear the Trump presidency making good on its campaign promises. In a now-deleted tweet, he wrote “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.” Writer Gary Whitta, who worked on the script before Weitz, responded with his own now-deleted Tweet: “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.”

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And it’s not just the writers, either. Rogue One star Riz Ahmed (himself no stranger to discrimination) spoke with the Evening Standard and made it clear that yes, this is a political movie:

Rogue One is about waking up to the real political situation of your time and accepting you can’t sleepwalk into the future because there won’t be one.

Ahmed went on to talk about his character, pilot Bodhi Rook, and explain that he’s the audience surrogate…the guy who has to rise up when his world starts to change:

Bodhi is actually sanskrit for ‘awakening’.  That’s what makes him so interesting. In Star Wars we have so many characters who are someone’s kid or grandkid and they are born into a legacy of greatness. Bodhi is just a guy who has to step up to the plate. He realises that he has to make choices and take risks that are way above his pay grade. It’s interesting to have a character amid this band of assassins, spies and soldiers that really doesn’t belong on a battlefield. It will make him quite a relatable character, I hope, someone who you can feel the PTSD coming from. He is bringing a lot of guilt to the table. I think he feels he has a lot of debts to settle. But that’s true for many of the characters in this film.

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Let’s wrap up this edition of Rogue One Bits with this new IMAX poster, which finds the cast assembling in front of somewhat abstract imagery combining a Death Star, X-Wings, and a Star Destroyer.

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