A Long Time Ago: Authors on What Star Wars Means to Them


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Multiple generations have grown up with Star Wars in their lives – this year marks the fortieth anniversary of the release of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – and with a slew of new Star Wars books and films in the offing, that’s not going to change anytime soon. We wanted to take a closer look at the ways in which the franchise has affected us and the media we consume, so we asked twenty authors to write about what Star Wars has meant to them.

Each weekday in October, and partially in celebration of Star Wars Reads, we’ll be posting an essay from a different author on how the Star Wars movies, books, games, comics, and so on have shaped who they are and how they write. We’ll be linking out to all of those posts from here so stop back to see what’s new!

  • Bradley P. Beaulieu, author of the Song of Shattered Sands series writes about how the variety and diversity of the Star Wars universe shaped his writing.
  • Beth Cato, author of the Blood of Earth and Clockwork Dagger novels, writes about being born into Star Wars.
  • Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mapping the Interior, writes about capturing Star Wars to find the Native narrative he needed.
  • Sean Danker, author of the Admiral series, writes about the fun and adventure of Star Wars’ soft sci-fi approach.
  • Ed McDonald, author of Blackwing, the first in the Raven’s Mark series, writes about coming back from the Dark Side and choosing the Light Side.
  • Jim C. Hines, author of Terminal Alliance, writes about the power of Star Wars’ escapism.
  • Julie E. Czerneda, author of To Guard Against the Dark, writes about finally seeing the sci-fi she loved appear on the big screen.
  • Elizabeth Bonesteel, author of Breach of Containment, writes about seeing Star Wars in theaters for the first time (and fourteen times after that).
  • Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter, writes about the Star Wars fan-fiction he wrote as a kid when he thought there would be no new Star Wars movies.
  • Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries, writes about how her love of Star Wars influenced her as a SF/F writer.
  • Django Wexler, author of The Shadow Campaigns series, writes about the universe of Star Wars being greater than sum of its parts.
  • Lara Elena Donnelly, author of the Amberlough Dossier series, writes about how Star Wars inspired many generations
  • Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence novels, writes about the welcoming nature of the Star Wars universe.
  • Gerald Brandt, author of the San Angeles series, writes about recognizing the women he knew in Princess Leia.
  • Gini Koch, author of the Kitty Katt Alien series, writes about forty years of fan cred and falling in love with Han Solo.
  • Emma Newman, author of the Planetfall series, writes about how Star Wars merch helped her develop her imagination.
  • Adam Christopher author of the Ray Electromatic mystery series, writes about his Star Wars obsession as a child growing up in the 1980s.
  • Corey J. White, author of Killing Gravity, writes about the mind-blowing power of Timothy Zahn’s original Thrawn trilogy.
  • Peter Clines , author of The Fold, writes about the way that Star Wars has become a universal story for so many people.
  • Fran Wilde, author of the Bone Universe series, writes about how the sheer scale of Star Wars rewired her brain.
  • Hart Hanson screen-writer and author of The Driver, writes about Star Wars’s impact on cultural archetypes.
  • Michael Moreci, author of Black Star Renegades as well as a wide range of comics, talks about the gratitude he feels for the Star Wars universe.