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By James Luceno
Published by Del Rey on 2017-05-02
FICTION / Science Fiction / Adventure, FICTION / Action and Adventure
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lauded Star Wars author James Luceno returns to pen an intense tale of ambition and betrayal that sets the stage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before the Republic’s enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.
Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.
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catalyst a rogue one novel
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Written in partnership with Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, Matt Martin, and Rayne Roberts of the Lucasfilm Story Group. With special thanks to Gareth Edwards and the screenwriters and producers of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Sale of this book without a front cover may be unauthorized. If this book is coverless, it may have been reported to the publisher as 'unsold or destroyed? and neither the author nor the publisher may have received payment for it. Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel is a work of fiction. Names, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. 2017 Del Rey Mass Market Edition Copyright ? 2016 by Lucasfilm Ltd. & ? or ? where indicated. All rights reserved. 'Voice of the Empire? by Mur Lafferty copyright ? 2016 by Lucasfilm Ltd. & ? or ? where indicated. All rights reserved. Excerpt from Star Wars: Rogue One by Alexander Freed copyright ? 2016 by Lucasfilm Ltd. & ? or ? where indicated. All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. Del Rey and the House colophon are registered trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC. Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, in 2016. This book includes the short story 'Voice of the Empire? by Mur Lafferty, which was originally published in Star Wars Insider magazine #170. ISBN 978-1-101-96700-3 Ebook ISBN 978-1-101-96701-0 Printed in the United States of America randomhousebooks.com 9? 8? 7? 6? 5? 4? 3? 2? 1 Del Rey mass market edition: May 2017
For Udi Saly and Liz Conover, 'bonfire hearts.' May the Force be with you infinitely.
II III IV ROGUE ONE TM THE DEL REY TIMELINE THE PHANTOM MENACE ATTACK OF THE CLONES THE CLONE WARS (TV SERIES) DARK DISCIPLE REVENGE OF THE SITH CATALYST: A ROGUE ONE STORY LORDS OF THE SITH TARKIN THRAWN A NEW DAWN REBELS (TV SERIES) A NEW HOPE INFERNO SQUAD HEIR TO THE JEDI BATTLEFRONT: TWILIGHT COMPANY
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long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.' .' .' .
For years, the Clone Wars have raged across the galaxy. Countless worlds have been ensnared in the conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist army led by the devious Sith Lord Count Dooku. While rumors spread that the Separatists are nearing completion of a superweapon, fear grips the Republic. In response, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine has tasked a secret team of researchers with perfecting a battle station for the Republic: the Death Star.
part one life during wartime
pressure 'What if? .' .' .' It was as much as Galen Erso got out before falling silent and pacing away from the alphanumeric data field that hovered above the holoprojector. Galen's fragment of a question also seemed to hang in the air, and his fellow researchers in the control room stopped what they were doing to regard him in palpable expectation. One of them, Nurboo, broke the pregnant silence. 'You've a new idea, Galen? Should we delay the test'? Galen either didn't hear him or didn't care to. He stood motionless for a moment, his gaze unfocused, then resumed his determined pacing, mumbling numbers and calculations to himself. A second Valltii gave his large and hirsute head a doleful shake. 'It's no good, we've lost him.' From across the room, Tambo's gravelly voice shushed him. 'Can't you see he's thinking'? Galen's pose certainly said as much. His head was
james luceno lowered, eyes and lips narrowed, and his thick arms were folded across his chest, as if clutching something to himself. The new idea, perhaps. Standing just over 1.8 meters tall, he was broad-? shouldered and well developed, despite having spent most of his thirty-'odd standard years in earnest rumination and reflection, often scribbling the results of all that thinking on whatever was handy. His hair was uncombed, falling around his face in heavy strands in a way that made him dashing in sunlight, dangerous in the dark. Lyra finally pushed herself out of her chair and ambled over to him. 'What if? .' .' .' she said in a patient, leading way. Everyone in the control room took it as a good sign when the thumb and forefinger of Galen's left hand went briefly to the corners of his mouth, stretching the skin. 'We're getting there,' Lyra said. She loved it when Galen went so deep that he essentially disappeared from the world, going where few could follow, to his own private hyperspace. A few centimeters shorter than him, she had a high forehead and layered auburn hair that just reached her shoulders. Arching brows and a slightly downturned mouth gave her a somewhat somber look, though she was anything but. She and Galen had wed on Coruscant almost five years earlier, and she was every bit her husband's equal in appeal, with the physique of a natural athlete, honed by a lifetime of exploration on dozens of remote worlds. Bundled up in a coarse sweater and baggy trousers, Lyra affected a
catalyst: a rogue one novel 5 colorful earflapped cap made of local yarn, and she wore it well. The only humans among the research group, they were a long way from the Core, and even farther from the conflict that had recently erupted between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the so-'called Separatists. The six stout Valltii they had lived and worked with for the past four standard months had large round faces and mouths made for chewing meat. Beneath lustrous growths of facial hair, their skin was as blue as the glacial ice that covered half the planet. Galen and Lyra conversed with them in a pidgin of Galactic Basic and the indigenous language, which was guttural and filled with lengthy words that were confounding to humans. With an ear for mimicry, Lyra did better with the language than Galen did. She was on the verge of goading him again when he blinked as if remembering who or where he was, and his attention returned to the data field. She smiled lightly. He was back. Reviewing the lengthy differential equations top to bottom, Galen stepped closer to the field, as if there were something to be discerned behind it or along its faintly oscillating edges. 'Assis,' he said finally, addressing the droid on the far side of the holoprojector. 'Yes, Dr. Erso.' 'Line four. Change the coefficient to five and recalculate.' The TDK-'160 research-'assistant, a reconfigurable
james luceno droid that just then was standing on two slender alloy legs, complied and sent the results to the holotable. Everyone kept their attention on the field while the quotient groups, coefficients, and derivatives began to shift. The control room was designed to house technology rather than living beings. Lined with humming machines, it lacked windows and was always colder than it had any right being. Heat was pumped in through ducts high overhead, but the room's real warmth came from its having acquired a lived-'in look through long months of research and experimentation. No one minded the unpacked crates stacked in the corners, the empty food containers piled on Nurboo's worktable, or the litter of backup data storage devices. As cluttered and claustrophobic as it was, it was more hospitable than just about anywhere outside. Thick walls broken by sliding entryways kept out the worst of the cold. A rear doorway accessed a ramp leading to a labyrinth of corridors that connected disparate parts of the facility, a few of them wide enough to accommodate compact utility speeders. Elsewhere were banks of computers and analyzers, plotting boards, comm stations, even a rudimentary HoloNet transceiver for extraplanetary communications. It wasn't Lyra's kind of place at all, but she had formed fast friendships with Galen's colleagues, and Vallt was home for now. Most of the ignition facility lay far below them, where gases were compelled to mingle and intense heat was generated. There, too, was the superheated ion-'