Author Chuck Wendig seemed pretty excited about being able to kinda talk about this finally:
Thank you all for congratulating me on this "Star Wars" novel-writing gig but I'M SURE I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) March 17, 2015
Heddle describes the book as follows:
The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them? Those are some of the themes we’ll be exploring in Aftermath, and as a lifelong Star Wars fan, just writing those words gives me chills. I can’t wait for our first canon glimpse into the state of the galaxy after the Battle of Endor.
It sounds like this book will begin to flesh out some of the details of the imperial structure that was set up in Tarkin. Thanks to Jason, we know that the Empire is not dead in Star Wars The Force Awakens like many fans had thought since Return of the Jedi rolled the end credits. I love that this book seems to pick up immediately after Jedi ends and will set up The Force Awakens. Even more interesting is Heddle announced that this book will be the first of a trilogy:
What’s more, Aftermath will be the first book in a trilogy that begins to bridge the Star Wars timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. There is so much unknown between the Battle of Endor and the events of The Force Awakens, and we’re excited to take our first step into that space.
I have long hoped that this period after Jedi would be covered by a live-action or animated TV show. Maybe that could still happen. But the potential for incredible stories in this era is huge and I’m excited to read this trilogy of books.