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Firefly has been gone for a long time, but that’s not stopped the ‘verse from spinning ever onwards, be it through Serenity, through attempted video games, and even through comics. But now Captain Mal and his erstwhile crew are set to ride out into the black once again... although not in the way you probably want to see them most.

Titan Books has announced (through Entertainment Weekly) that Firefly will expand with a series of novels. Although series creator Joss Whedon won’t pen any of the stories, he’s serving as a “consulting editor” on the trio of new books, penned by Nancy Holder, James Lovegrove, and Tim Lebbon. Here’s the brief rundown of each title:

Firefly: Big Damn Hero, by Nancy Holder

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

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

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…

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This is far from the first time Firefly has fled to alternate mediums in an attempt to keep browncoat faithfuls going with new stories, but a novel series probably makes the most sense for the show’s future (until someone at Fox decides a reboot might go down well in a few years or something). And these books all seem like they could do some interesting things with the show’s universe, especially Generations.

Firefly’s return begins (err, yet again) this fall with Big Damn Hero; The Magnificent Nine and Generations will be out in March and October of 2019, respectively.

[EW via Uproxx]

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