The world of Firefly is going to continue. While many fans are still holding out hope that Joss Whedon's beloved sci-fi series could be revived someday, for now, fans can take some solace in the fact that the Firefly canon universe is expanding, via a series of new novels. The books are set to be published by Titan Books, via a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. Yes, these books will be officially tied to the canon. The best part? Joss Whedon is involved as a consulting editor. So this is very much a real part of the Firefly universe.
The first of these new Firefly novels, Firefly: Big Damn Hero, is set for release this fall, with two more novels coming our way in 2019. For those who have been craving more Firefly adventures, this could be just what fans have been hoping for since walking out of the movie more than a decade ago. Here's what commissioning editor Cat Camacho had to say about the new canon Firefly books.
"[I am] delighted to be bringing new, official stories to fans of a show that has continued to grow in popularity over the years, finding new audiences in an unprecedented way. Firefly is a hugely unique IP and Titan Books is excited to be becoming part of its legacy."
Firefly originally aired on Fox from 2002 to 2003 and starred Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, and Alan Tudyk, among others. Even though the series only ran for one season, in addition to the theatrically released movie Serenity, which was directed by Joss Whedon and released in 2005, the world of Firefly truly resonates with fans of science fiction and is something that has remained in pop culture ever since. Here are some of the first details on the first three Firefly novels set to be published by Titan Books.
"Firefly: Big Damn Hero, by Nancy Holder (Oct. 2018) Captain Malcolm Reynolds finds himself in a dangerous situation after being kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats. Firefly: The Magnificent Nine, by James Lovegrove (March 2019) Jayne receives a distress call from his ex Temperance McCloud that leads the Serenity crew to danger on a desert moon. -Firefly: Generations, by Tim Lebbon (Oct. 2019) 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 ..."
Fox owns the rights to Firefly, but with the Disney/Fox deal pending approval from regulating bodies, that may change in the future. Could Disney gives us the actual Firefly revival/reboot fans have been craving for more than a decade? Who knows? In the meantime, at least you can look forward to these books coming your way starting later this year. If we're lucky, maybe Titan will find a way to convince Nathan Fillion or Alan Tudyk to do the audiobook version of the new Firefly novels. This news was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.