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With Star Wars canon reset, 2015’s Star Wars: Aftermath offered our first look at what happened after the events of Return of the Jedi in the new timeline. While the bulk of Chuck Wendig‘s novel followed a new batch of characters on an adventure that brought them into direct conflict with remnants of the Imperial leadership, the book offered glimpses at what was going on in the rest of the galaxy…including a very intriguing development for Han Solo and Chewbacca. Entertainment Weekly has debuted an excerpt from the sequel novel, Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt, which will continue the story that began in the first book while also checking in with Han and Chewie’s new adventure. Here’s a taste:

The galaxy is changing, and with peace now a possibility, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s home world of Kashyyyk.
Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of rebels pursue Admiral Rae Sloane and the remaining Imperial leadership across the galaxy. Sloane, increasingly wary of the mysterious fleet admiral, desperately searches for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. Even as Imperial forces fight to regain lost ground, Princess Leia and the New Republic seek to broker a lasting peace.
But the rebel’s hunt for Admiral Sloane is cut short after the disappearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Desperate to save them, Leia conscripts Norra, Sinjir, Jas, and the rest of their team to find the missing smugglers and help them in their fight for freedom.

You can read the full excerpt from the book by following this link. Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt will hit shelves on July 19, 2016.

The Verge has published a wonderful article that takes a deep dive into the world of custom-made lightsabers, exploring the men and women who recreate these iconic science fiction weapons and the dedicated fans who collect them. The whole thing is worth reading, but the video above is an excellent companion piece.

Walt Disney World is never lacking in things to do. If you’re a fitness enthusiast and a Star Wars nut, you should turn your attention to the first Star Wars Half Marathon, which begins tomorrow at the Florida theme park. Here are the details:

It is a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs during the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You’ll be running on Darth Vader’s turf with the Emperor’s white uniformed stormtroopers cheering you on your way. Darth Vader, the Galactic Empire Sith Lord, has a weekend of powerful surprises in store including spectacular runs, special events, entertainment, and much, much more!

Feel the power of the force with runs for Star Wars fans of every age including the Star Wars Half Marathon, Star Wars10K, Star Wars 5K, and the runDisney Kids Races. Challenge yourself to the ultimate test with the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge combining the Star Wars 10K and Half Marathon. It’s all part of the first-ever Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side, April 14-17, 2016. Choose your alliance! Run for the light side or run for the dark side – and May the Force be with you!

Disney has been hosting marathons and half marathons in its parks for some time now, but this is the first time they’ve specifically designed one for Star Wars fans. Since this event is themed to the Dark Side, you just know another marathon themed around the good guys is in the works.

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Speaking of Star Wars and Disney theme parks, the official Disney park blog shared the image above, which shows R2-D2 spying on the Star Wars land construction site at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. This image is the sequel-of-sorts to a prior photo showing BB-8 spying on the construction of the land’s Disneyland counterpart on the west coast.

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