Mike Cooper has roughly a decade of experience in imaginary journalism, depending on where you set the bar. He founded the Unofficial New Jedi Order Homepage in 1999 (just shy of his seventeenth birthday), which he ran until 2002, when he and the site were brought under the wing of TheForce.net’s Books and Comics departments. He continued at TFN until 2007, doing regular news posting and book reviews as well as founding the EU Roundtable feature in 2004. After 2007 he remained something of an armchair journalist, producing the occasional interview or research paper whenever something caught his interest, and he is excited to bring these varied pursuits back under one roof.
When not trawling Google Images for screencaps and book covers, Mike is a part-time videographer and technical director at the Space Upstairs, a performance venue in Pittsburgh, PA, and a full-time facilities manager (totally different kinda thing) for a small Pittsburgh law firm. His performance and videography résumé can be found here.
Nicholas W. Adams
A lifelong Star Wars fan, Nick discovered at an early age his love of fast starfighters, massive capital ships, and all things fleet-related. With a history degree and a deep interest in naval combat, politics, and democracy (flaws and all!), Nick has been a part of the online Star Wars community since 2003, posting under the name AdmiralNick22 at TheForce.Net. An original Fleet Junkie and self-proclaimed world’s greatest Admiral Ackbar fan, Nick focuses on analyzing and cataloging fleet compositions, warship roles, planetary political alignments, and anything Mon Calamari. When not staring at screencaps of fleet battles and counting ships, Nick enjoys a good whiskey, good conversation, and good people.
Ben Crofts is a philosophy and politics graduate who has been working in business support for regional government in London for over a decade. With wide-ranging interests in fantasy and SF and philosophy, politics and history, his interest in Star Wars is invariably filtered through a wide angle lens that factors these aspects in too. He is a regular contributor to the TheForce.net Jedi Council forums as Jedi Ben and at Millarworld as Ben the Obiwomble, although sometimes active at the latter in the persona of the Dealer, running Dealer Incorporated. Despite being a highly experienced administrator, he doesn’t own any capes and is happily married.
Sarah Dempster has been a fan of Star Wars since preschool and spent many a day on the playground pretending to be Luke Skywalker. She has a lengthy opinion on nearly anything tangentially related to a galaxy far far away and will explain them at length if given half an opportunity. As a longtime participator in online fandom she is most interested in how media relates to and parallels real world events, as well as issues of representation. She is most interested in history, politics, the arts, and social activism and so tends to filter her love of Star Wars through those lenses. In her spare time she enjoys dressing up as fictional characters, indulging in her inner obsessive collector, and pretending to conduct the Star Wars score in her car. Though she was a movie-only fan for most of her fandom life, in the past few years she has begun wholeheartedly embracing the SWEU, from books to TV shows to video games.
Abigail James Dillon
Abigail James Dillon was watching Star Wars before they knew how to read. As they are now a college librarian, this clearly is a pretty big deal for them. Their interest is mostly in literary analyses of the GFFA and how certain characters have reflected or affected them personally. Their most impressive aspect as a fan is their ability to connect anything back to “Twin Suns”. They also run a WordPress blog, where they won’t shut up about one particular episode of Star Wars Rebels.
Mark Eldridge has been a Star Wars fan since first seeing the suns set on Tatooine on VHS in 1998. Growing up with a deep and abiding love of the prequel era, he learned everything he knows about politics from Attack of the Clones. With the beginning of the new canon in 2014, his passion was reignited, and he saw the perfect opportunity to start to experience the galaxy in all its forms – movies, books, comics and television. As a literature graduate, he is particularly interested in the way the themes and characters of the saga fit together in these various media. He lives in the UK and is usually to be found watching tennis or organising bookshelves.
David Schwarz, known as JoinTheSchwarz on the Jedi Council Forums, is a Spanish freelancer currently living in the United States and totes loving it. He earns money thanks to his questionable literary abilities and his slightly less questionable ability to get little humans to not kill each other. He came to love Star Wars thanks to the old roleplaying game and videogames and has had a (widely documented) love and hate relationship with the Expanded Universe for years. He’s also an avid roleplayer, having been a Game Master without pause for the last twenty years, and has multiple bizarre hobbies to help with his chronic procrastination issues. He’s also an indefatigably optimistic person, having less and less use for cynicism the older he gets. Some people are just weird…
Jay Shah, who serves as ETE’s young adult and middle grade book correspondent, has been a Star Wars fan since he was very young. For many of his friends, he is the person that comes to mind whenever a new Star Wars news item is reported and he is the person they ask for commentary. His online presence centers around the Jedi Council Forums of TheForce.net, where he has been registered since 2000 and is the most prolific poster on that board. Known by the moniker GrandAdmiralJello, he combines an appreciation for history, art, politics, and culture with an almost unswerving dedication to the Galactic Emperor that often confuses many people. He is quite happy to provide grandiose propaganda that nobody should quite take seriously, not just because it’s fun but because it serves as a reminder that in fiction, as in real life, history is not a precise science and sifting bias and opinion from fact is a valuable skill. In addition to writing book analyses, he enjoys writing about history, politics, worldbuilding, and characterization. He writes his ETE articles in the royal plural for some reason, but will lapse out of it into regular first person to emphasize when something is personally important.
Ben Wahrman, known as Cynical_Ben on the JC Forums, is a geek for Star Wars, history and literature. A Star Wars fan since the days when the OT was only out on VHS tapes, Ben was drawn into the EU in the Bantam days and (almost) never looked back. The only thing he enjoys as much as watching movies or reading is writing, a mindset that bleeds into his criticism of most media. Ben has his own (sporadically updated) blog called Gears, Nails and Chewing Gum and dreams of being a professional writer, editor or critic some day.