|Born||1947 (age 75–76)|
|Genre||Science fiction, novelization|
James Luceno (born 1947) is an American author, known for his novels and reference books connected with the Star Wars franchise and the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and (with Brian Daley under the shared pseudonym Jack McKinney) novelizations of the Robotech animated television series. Luceno is also the author of several original novels along with film novelizations and other franchise tie-ins. He has also written for television cartoon series.
In the Star Wars universe he has written The New Jedi Order novels, Agents of Chaos: Hero's Trial, Agents of Chaos: Jedi Eclipse and The Unifying Force as well as the prequel trilogy novels Darth Maul: Saboteur, Cloak of Deception, Labyrinth of Evil and Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader. He also wrote a novel detailing the history of the Millennium Falcon and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary.
In an interview with Star Wars Insider, Luceno said that he would like to write a future novel dealing with the search for immortality that both Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Plagueis embarked upon in their own separate ways. However, in a talk show interview in February 2007, he indicated that the novel was currently on hold due to Star Wars expanded universe continuity concerns. The Darth Plagueis novel again became viable in 2009, and Star Wars: Darth Plagueis was released in January 2012.
Luceno's 2014 novel Star Wars: Tarkin was one of the first four novels published in the franchise after Lucasfilm redefined Star Wars continuity in April 2014. His novel Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel was published in November 2016.
Luceno wrote 1980's Headhunters, the tale of three Americans' adventure in South America, a place Luceno himself has traveled extensively. He also authored A Fearful Symmetry, Rainchaser, Rock Bottom, and The Big Empty in 1993. Luceno wrote the novelizations of the films The Shadow and The Mask of Zorro. For The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Luceno penned 1992's The Mata Hari Affair. He is intermittently working on an autobiography.
He is also the author of the new Web Warrior series and co-author of the popular Robotech novelization series with his close friend Brian Daley. The pair wrote under the pseudonym Jack McKinney. Luceno wrote a tribute to Daley which is posted on Daley's website along with photos of the two of them. Daley and Luceno were also amongst a team of writers for the 1986 television cartoon series The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, created by Robert Mandell. Luceno alone also wrote two episodes for the 1995 cartoon series Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, also by Mandell.
|1987||Robotech: Genesis||Novelization||as Jack McKinney with Brian Daley|
|Robotech: Battle Cry|
|Robotech: Force of Arms|
|Robotech: Southern Cross|
|Robotech: Metal Fire|
|Robotech: The Final Nightmare|
|Robotech: Invid Invasion|
|Robotech: Symphony of Light|
|1988||Robotech: The Sentinels: The Devil's Hand||Novel|
|Robotech: The Sentinels: Dark Powers|
|Robotech: The Sentinels: Death Dance|
|Robotech: The Sentinels: World Killers|
|Robotech: The Sentinels: Rubicon|
|1989||A Fearful Symmetry|
|Kaduna Memories||as Jack McKinney, with Brian Daley|
|Robotech: The End of the Circle||Novel|
|1991||The Black Hole Travel Agency: Event Horizon||Novel||as Jack McKinney, with Brian Daley|
|The Black Hole Travel Agency: Artifact of the System||as Jack McKinney, with Brian Daley|
|1992||The Black Hole Travel Agency: Free Radicals||as Jack McKinney, with Brian Daley|
|The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Book One, The Mata Hari Affair||Novelization|
|1993||The Big Empty||Novel|
|1994||The Black Hole Travel Agency: Hostile Takeover||as Jack McKinney, with Brian Daley|
|Robotech: The Zentraedi Rebellion||as Jack McKinney|
|1995||Robotech: The Masters' Gambit|
|Web Warriors: Memories End||Novel|
|1996||Robotech: Before the Invid Storm||Novelization||as Jack McKinney|
|1998||Robotech: Point of Departure|
|2000||Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial||Novel|
|Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse|
|2001||Star Wars: Darth Maul: Saboteur||E-novella||Also included in Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter paperback|
|Star Wars: Cloak of Deception||Novel|
|2002||Web Warriors: Dimensions|
|2003||Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force|
|2004||Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy||Reference book|
|2005||Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil||Novel|
|Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary||Reference book|
|Star Wars: Complete Locations||Reference book||Compendium of several reference books, including Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy|
|Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader||Novel|
|2006||Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary||Reference book||Compendium of several reference books, including Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith The Visual Dictionary|
|2007||Robotech: The New Generation: The Invid Invasion||Novelization||as Jack McKinney|
|2008||Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy||Novel collection||Includes reprints of Labyrinth of Evil and Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader|
|Star Wars: Millennium Falcon||Novel|
|2011||Restraint||Short story||Included in re-release of Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter|
|Hunt for the Mayan Looking-Glass||Novel|
|2012||Star Wars: Darth Plagueis|
|End Game||Short story||Included in re-release of the Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace novelization|
|2014||Star Wars: Tarkin||Novel|
|2015||Star Wars: The Rise of the Empire||Novel/Short story collection||Includes a reprint of Tarkin|
|2016||Star Wars: Complete Locations||Reference book||Expanded version of the 2005 edition|
|Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel||Novel|
|2017||Voice of the Empire||Short story|
|2018||Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition||Reference book||Expanded version of the 2006 edition|
|1986||The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers||writer, six episodes|
|1995-1996||Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders||writer, 2 episodes|
- Meadows, Chris (2007-02-05). "James Luceno Interview, Part Two". Space Station Liberty. Archived from the original (mp3) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
- "Disney and Random House announce relaunch of Star Wars Adult Fiction line". StarWars.com. April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- Keane, Sean (November 3, 2014). "REVIEW: Star Wars: Tarkin brings us into the Empire's dark heart". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
- Collinson, Gary (September 2, 2016). "Synopsis for Star Wars Catalyst novel offers background details on Rogue One". Flickering Myth. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
- Brian Daley tribute by James Luceno