This timeline is intended to explain several Star Wars books that will be published on the Spring 2002 list and some backlist titles that are related to them, leading to the film release of Star Wars: Episode II this spring (tent. around Memorial Day). The first title is Star Wars: The Approaching Storm, which is the second adventure story that takes place between the action of Episode I and Episode II (see preceding Title Information sheet for details). This title will feature a never-before-seen character from the new movie and is written by Alan Dean Foster, the author of the first Star Wars movie-novelization, Episode IV, in 1976. This title will be published in February 2002.
The next book is the Star Wars: Episode II novelization. Unlike Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, this title will be published in April 2002 before the movie is released, allowing the public to read the story before seeing the movie. This novel will expand on material in the movie, giving the reader details about scenes in the movie that the film viewer won't get seeing the film, giving our book added value.
In addition to the novelization being released early, we will also have The Art of Star Wars: Episode II on sale in April 2002. Like its companion, The Art of Star Wars: Episode I, this book will show artwork from the film. In addition to the artwork, the exclusive illustrated screenplay will be included in this book.
On the back of this page, you will find the books that are essential backlist titles relating to Episode's I & II. These include the prequel novels to Episode I. The "adventure stories" that take place between Episode I & II are listed between the novelization's of the movies.