Posted by Curto on March 9, 2009 at 06:06 PM CST

March 3rd, 2009 (Chicago, IL) -- In anticipation of the new Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novel series who's first book Outcast hits store shelves on March 24th, the podcast Star Wars Action News is spending the month of March celebrating original Star Wars fiction, both old and new, with their new series "March Into The Expanded Universe".

The Star Wars novels and comic books, collectively known to fans as the "Expanded Star Wars Universe", or EU for short, are New York Times bestselling novels written by acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy writers. With over 30 years of novels still in print, and a continuous stream of new fiction being released since 1990, the Star Wars Expanded Universe provides content for fans of all ages and tastes.

Every Monday in March, Star Wars Action News will release a new podcast at with segments focusing on these Expanded Universe novels. The first episode includes an interview with Shatterpoint, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor author Matthew Stover. In future weeks, we will interview Clone Wars: Wild Space author Karen Miller, and Aaron Allston, an author who's works include novels in the popular Star Wars X-Wing series, New Jedi Order series, Legacy of the Force series, and upcoming Fate of the Jedi series.

Additionally, segments on Star Wars Action News will include reviews of new Star Wars novels, and a segment from Star Wars Tales author Nathan P. Butler evaluating if the Star Wars Expanded Universe is still accessible to new readers.

And in celebration of over 30 years of fiction, the Star Wars Action News Book Club Podcast will also return this month. Released every other week at this highly demanded podcast series looks back at older Star Wars fiction. Starting with the re-edited rerelease of Star Wars by George Lucas, this series will look back on Star Wars fiction old and new. In March, the Star Wars Action News Book Club will feature interviews with Alan Dean Foster and James Luceno, and in upcoming months look for interviews with Donald Glut, L. Neil Smith, Timothy Zahn, James Kahn, and other Star Wars authors past and present. The first episode of the Star Wars Action News Book Club podcast will be released on March 5, 2009.

Check it out at Star Wars Action News.

Back before the world wide web and social media ruled our shopping habits there was a long-established practice of driving around all the nearby toy stores to hunt down the latest releases. Obviously times have changed and online retail is far more important than it was twenty-five years ago - but has it killed the toy run? What was your shopping experience over the Triple Force Friday product launch weekend?
I managed to find everything I wanted in stores!
I found some but had to resort to big box websites to complete my haul.
I didn't bother stepping outside and ordered everything online.
I haven't bought any of the TFF product yet. Roll on clearance sales.
I'm waiting for the TV series/movie release before I commit.
I've so over it, no more Star Wars collecting for me.
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