It’s been 15 years since Firefly was untimely canceled by Fox after less than one season, and 13 since we checked back in with Mal and the rest of the crew in Serenity, the feature film based on the series. Now, via Entertainment Weekly, we’ll finally find out what happened to this crew after they suffered the heartbreaking loss of two of their number and exposed one of the Alliance’s darkest secrets.
Titan Books and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Projects just announced the release of a series of original fiction tied to the world of Firefly. The books will be offical canon (whatever that may mean to you), with series creator Joss Whedon serving as a consulting editor.
The first book is called Big Damn Hero. It will be written by Nancy Holder, who has previously written tie-in books for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and will be released in October 2018. Here’s the synopsis: “Captain Malcolm Reynolds finds himself in a dangerous situation after being kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats.”
Following that, we’ll get James Lovegrove’s Firefly: The Magnificent Nine, which will be released in March 2019 and will focus on Jayne, who “receives a distress call from his ex Temperance McCloud that leads the Serenity crew to danger on a desert moon.”
Finally, we have Firefly: Generations,set to be released in October 2019. Written by Tim Lebbon, here’s the synopsis: “The discovery of the location of one of the legendary Ark ships that brought humans from Earth to the ’Verse promises staggering salvage potential, but at what cost? River Tam thinks she might know …”
These sound like potentially very cool stories in a world that many fans would still love to explore. Will Mal and Inara finally get together? How’s Zoe doing? Has River learned any new tricks? So many character-driven question to explore. It would be lovely to get an on-screen continuation of this universe, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to what kinds of Firefly stories can be told in book form, and that’s pretty exciting.