Firefly Returns! Sorta! Well, Kinda!
Hardcore fans will be happy to know that the Joss Whedon space series is making something of a comeback, although not on TV. Instead, Firefly returns as a series of books.
Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way – Firefly is returning, but probably not in the way fans of the cult TV show will hope. The unicorn-like property that refuses to die will make a comeback of sorts, with a series of novels from Titan Books.
If you were hoping for a new live-action show or movie, sorry about that. We love our sci-fi novels as much as anyone, but a series of novels isn’t the same as a proper return. Still, there is a good reason to pay attention to these books.
It’s fairly common for well-known sci-fi properties to have a series of original novels attached to them. There are several Star Wars novels, and there’s something of a cottage industry surrounding Star Trek books. Voyager and Deep Space Nine especially wrapped up several dangling plot threads left from the series, and then went way, way beyond that. The problem is – as evidenced by Disney and Lucasfilm wiping out the Star Wars Expanded Universe that was decades old – the stories aren’t necessarily canon.
Sure, it’s cool to read about the return of Captain Sisko, but the only people you can talk about it with is other hardcore fans that are willing to accept it – at least until Paramount decides to move on from prequels and create a new series in the prime timeline that inadvertently contradicts everything that the books created.
The Firefly books will be a little different, however.
There are currently three Firefly novels planned, and all three will be overseen by show creator Joss Whedon. He won’t be writing the stories himself, but he will be involved as a consulting editor, and he has confirmed that the stories will be canon. And given that the chances of a live-action return are dwindling, this might be the best option for fans that were deeply invested in the story.
The three books are:
- Firefly: Big Damn Hero by Nancy Holder (October 2018), pits Captain Malcolm Reynolds against a group of embittered Browncoat veterans who kidnap him.
- Firefly: The Magnificent Nine by James Lovegrove (March 2019), finds the crew of Serenity in a dangerous situation on a desert moon after Jayne receives a distress call from his ex, Temperance McCloud.
- Firefly: Generations by Tim Lebbon (October 2019), revolves around the discovery of one of the Ark ships that first brought humanity to the stars, but there’s a secret only River Tam suspects.
If successful, expect a bunch more of these novels. So it may not be the revival fans have hoped for, it’s better than nothing.