By: Dominic Jones
Star Wars Insider Magazine has announced that, beginning with issue #149, all exclusive fiction published in the magazine will be considered part of the new official canon, and not part of the Legends (formerly EU) universe. The announcement was made in issue #150 of the magazine in an article about the new canon and legends universe. This means that the short story Blade Squadron, which began in issue #149 (with Part 1) and continues in issue #150 (with Part 2), is part of the official canon, alongside the films, The Clone Wars, Rebels, Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir comic mini series, and all future publications from Del Rey Books and Marvel Comics.
This follows Lucasfilm's promise to make all Star Wars fiction part of one canon going forward. I think this move makes sense and allows for minor characters to get their chance to shine within the pages of Star Wars Insider. I hope, however, that Lucasfilm doesn't make the same mistake they've made with short stories in the past. Many short stories in the Legends universe are very difficult to find because they were published in old issues of Insider (not available for back order) or released through the now dead Hyperspace membership. I hope that Lucasfilm will periodically re-release these stories in another form, perhaps a collection from Del Rey (like what was done with the Lost Tribe of the Sith short stories).
Regardless, it is exciting to know that every issue of Insider will feature canon of the Star Wars galaxy!
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