Discussion in 'Literature' started by Genghis12, May 8, 2001.
Don't diss Genghis, man...
Stackpole is the best. That is a fact, and will never be debunked.
Stackpole is ONE of the best.
Rouge Null, a couple months ago there was a topic on this board where several people complained about some posters stating their opinions as facts. You think Stackpole is the best, but that doesn't prove it objectively, nor could I prove Zahn, which I like most, is the best SW author - which he might not objectively be : how do you rate an author's work objectively ?
Mike Stackpole and Timothy Zahn hands down... No contest.
My goodness. I've yet to see a poll with both Brian Daley and Alan Dean Foster included on it... Come on, folks, they started the EU! Without them, there'd be no Zahn, no Stackpole, no Tyers and Crispin! Without them, we wouldn't have Thrawn and Mara Jade, or Corran Horn or Mirax Terrik! Without them, no Solo kids, no Jedi Academy, and (oh, were it true) no NJO! Daley and Foster deserve to be in every EU author poll out there. I say, get rid of Anderson and Dan Wallace (who?) and replace them with Foster and Daley.
My goodness. I've yet to see a poll with both Brian Daley and Alan Dean Foster included on it...
See [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=3156055&replies=1]my new author poll[/link] in the EU Community Forum.
No authors included in Genghis12's poll appear in my poll by design. Alan Dean Foster and Brian Daley both appear, however.
So do a couple authors whose last names rhyme with "Dawn" (more or less).
My first thought opening this topic...
"WTF!?!? Where's Zahn?"
and the ensuing posts, well, were absolutely hilarious.
Zahn, no contest. I couldn't believe it when I read Heir to the Empire..."oh my god! It's REALLY STAR WARS!"
much more so than TPM ever was...(oh wait. that's another topic.)
hmmmm... I would have to go with Stackpole. He is probably my favorite.
Well, I like the dark and grand style of Michael Reaves. He's got words like viable, xenaphobic, and arc in his book. He's a genius. Zahn is probably my second favorite. Although I haven't read his stuff, he must have been smart to come up with our great planetary city capital.
A bunch of random replies...
"The numerous write-in votes for Zahn, despite the attempts to silence them, proves something about Zahn's popularity."
First off, there have not been any attempts to silence anything. I think that's a really unfair accusation to level against anyone. Please supply proof of such a conspiracy.
"It's an open forum, all are free to post their opinions. My opinion is that Zahn is my favorite EU author. All the Zahnless polls in the world will not change this."
Correct. But, such opinions are NOT not included in the results of the poll, for obvious reasons (least of which is circumventing poll security, etc.). However, your opinions, as was stated earlier by this polls creator have always been welcomed even if they don't necessarily count.
"I view any poll that seems to Skew the results in favor of the creators preferences to be invalid."
Exactly. This point has been made on a number of occasions by a number of people. Any poll which limits the choices will certainly not be anywhere near a "valid" poll.
"Mariah Jade-- How do you know that the ten authors listed reflect Genghis12's personal preferences?"
Exactly - they don't. I have some favorite EU authors who were not included in the poll. I like various EU authors for various reasons. The authors which were listed took into account the inherent limit on choices. If there was an unlimited choice feature, most likely, many more authors would be included beyond those given.
"Moreover, how could any poll with only 10 choices that doesn't include...
And that's not even going anywhere near the various EU authors from West End Games, Wizards of the Coast, LucasArts, etc.
"Blah, blah, blah and yada, yada, yada."
Thank you for your deep thoughts, Jades Fire. I have to say, this is one of the more intelligent statements by you that I've seen you make. Keep up the good work.
"I know the reading comprehension around here has sunk to even greater depths, but the poll question was "Favorite EU Author". Three words. Really simple. Ten choices were offered in the poll."
Exactly. Very good summary of the poll. It should be noted that the reason that the choices were limited to ten was due to the feature of the polls.
"If your favorite wasn't one of the 10, the rules do not preclude you from writing in your own candidate."
Correct, however, those results will not be tallied in the official poll results. Possible "terms-of-service abuses" aside (excessive sock puppets), there is no way to insure the validity of the poll once you circumvent the official results. An example is that someone who voted in the poll could also have one or several write-in candidates. The results of the poll are quite simply the results of the poll - they do not include write-in results. If you do not believe me, add up all of the write-ins along with those who voted in the poll and you will definitely obtain a different answer than the poll total.
"You crybabies want some cheese with that whine?"
My words exactly. Zahn wasn't included in this poll for the same reason a number of others weren't - there wasn't enough room. Get over it.
"Dewlanna-- The numerous write-in votes for Zahn... Unfortunately, nothing prevents "write-in" voters from choosing among the ten options anyway. I've noticed that my question about Greg Bear has been listed as a write-in vote by a couple counters. Since I also participated in the poll, they counted my vote twice."
Exactly. And an even more interesting result was seen in Anakin Skysolo's other poll. Even though Zahn was a choice in his poll, some people wrote him in anyway. Perhaps that's simply another fact which may point to the observation regarding Zahn fans pointed out by Lordban and myself. In any case, would Dewlanna and Jades Fire call for such write-ins to be included even though presumably t
I like Stackpole a lot, but why wasn't Zahn included in the poll? He's definately the best! Yes, this is another vote for Zahn...
You can vote for Tim Zahn or another nine choices not listed in this poll by voting in [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=3156055&replies=17]my poll[/link] in the EU Community Forum.