The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing program launched on September 4, which included the first wave of titles, including Aftermath, Lost Stars, and Shattered Empire, and they explored the canonical Star Wars galaxy post-Return of the Jedi for the first time.
At New York Comic Con, Lucasfilm's Michael Siglain moderated a panel with Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens authors Jason Fry, Greg Rucka, Claudia Gray, Chuck Wendig, Adam Bray, and Pablo Hidalgo, and they reflected at the program so far and announced new titles.
As announced at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Chuck Wendig's Aftermath is actually part one of a trilogy. The next two book titles were announced, Aftermath: Life Debt and Aftermath: Empire's End, though release dates were held back.
Claudia Gray, author of Lost Stars, will be writing another novel coming in Spring 2016, though it won't be out as part of the "Journey to," . The book is titled Star Wars: New Republic: Bloodline, and it's set only six years before the events of The Force Awakens.
The aliens featured in a Vanity Fair spread for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be featured in their own stories. Author Delilah Dawson will write a story featuring Vazine, the woman in black in the center of the image as an e-short story in November. Comic book writer Landry Walker will have a collection of short stories available on December 1: High Noon on Jakku (a Western), The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku (a pirate story), All Creatures Great and Small (a fable), and Face of Evil (a horror story).
Each story has a unique premise. "We had a lot of fun taking the Star Wars framework and writing a bunch of stories that are very different from one another," Walker said.