"… we'd been talking about Star Wars a lot, because frankly, we thought that we were going to write those early novels that restarted the universe…"
―James Luceno, speaking of himself and of Brian Daley[src]

The Tao of the Force is the name of a reference book by James Luceno that was never published. It was an exploration of the Force that included excerpts from old Jedi texts, which would provide lessons for a new generation of Jedi.[1]

Although Ballantine Books' Del Rey imprint were unsure if there was a future in publishing Star Wars tie-in fiction, they ultimately decided to renew their license to do so, and both James Luceno and Brian Daley were contacted by Ballantine's Risa Kessler.[1] The three had previously worked together, as Kessler had been the one to set them up writing novels in the Robotech franchise.[2] Luceno and Daley began to discuss Star Wars with each other considerably,[3] and Daley conceived of a series about the search for and training of a new generation of Jedi[1] by Luke Skywalker, and the efforts of a clandestine group of Emperor Palpatine's disciples to thwart him. Luceno spent months writing The Tao of the Force, but it was nixed by George Lucas, who did not want the Force to be treated like a religion.[4] The point became moot when an internal political battle at Ballantine erupted, and the license to publish Star Wars literature passed to Bantam Spectra, who contacted Timothy Zahn[3] in 1989[5] to write Heir to the Empire. Although their books did not see the light of day, Daley continued working in Star Wars on the Return of the Jedi radio drama,[3] and Luceno was brought back into the fold when Del Rey regained the license from Bantam years later.[4]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 49 min - 52 min mark: Star Wars Celebration VI Brian Daley tribute panel., link available at Official website of Brian Daley. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved on December 26, 2016.
  2. 6 min - 10 min mark: James Luceno interview, Part 1., link available at Space Station Liberty. TalkShoe. Archived from the original on November 12, 2016. Retrieved on December 26, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 SWInsider "Remembering Brian Daley"—Star Wars Insider 55
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nathan O'Keefe (April 2005). James Luceno Interview. The Unofficial Clone Wars Site. Archived from the original on November 15, 2006. Retrieved on December 26, 2016.
  5. The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook, p. 5: Foreword by Timothy Zahn