There are two big timelines in the Star Wars universe: Canon and Legend. The legend includes all written material published before Disney purchased Star Wars in 2012. Canon is everything after the fact. This is the canon timeline of Star Wars that allows you to read Star Wars books immediately. To many fans of Star Wars, books and comics — often referred to as the Expanded Universe or the European Union — look a lot like wild spaces beyond the outer rim; crowded, chaotic, and potentially dangerous. We are here to tell you that there is no need to be afraid.