'Star Wars: Aftermath' Unveils First Look at What Happened After 'Return of the Jedi'

Star Wars Aftermath Cover - P 2015
<p>Star Wars Aftermath Cover - P 2015</p>   |   Lucas Books/Del Rey
Spoiler: The Empire lives.

The final scenes of Return of the Jedi made it look as if the Galactic Empire was destroyed by Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. But as the newly released preview for Star Wars: Aftermath — the first glimpse at Star Wars canon after Jedi — reveals, that definitely wasn't the case.

The excerpt of the novel by Chuck Wendig focuses on Wedge Antilles, an X-Wing pilot played in the movies by Denis Lawson, investigating the far reaches of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire, only to discover that some Imperial forces haven't heard about their defeat yet, and don't intend to give up without a fight.

Also introduced are a number of planets rumored to be bases for a reborn Empire: Florrum, Ryloth, Hinari, Abafar, Raydonia and Akiva — that last one, perhaps, home to a producer who enjoys making Spider-Man holos — that might end up serving as the birthplace of The Force Awakens' First Order, the next generation of bad guys. (Not mentioned in the excerpt is Jakku, aka the desert planet seen in the trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and home to a graveyard of partially destroyed ships.)

Aftermath is just the first in a series of novels intended to bridge the gap between 1983's Return of the Jedi and this winter's The Force Awakens, with a number of novels and comic books being released under the branding Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The book will be released Sept. 4.