Well, I for one consider both he and Jan Ors real characters, in fact, I they're some of my personal favorites. I get a little tired of Han-Luke-Leia all the time, especially, and I know I'll make a great deal of people mad with this, Zhan's handling of Luke Skywalker in the Thrawn trilogy was awful to say the least. Anyway, as I understand it, anything okay'd like Lucas Licensing as far as stories are concerned, is considered canon to the Star Wars universe. Thus, if LucasArts makes a video game, then since it is a part of LucasFilm Ltd. then it is canon. This unfortunately applies to the earwax movies, cartoons and the Holiday Special...well, maybe not the Holiday Special. While it may have its downsides, I think this is by far a great way to ensure continuity in the universe, but it makes things harder for authors who want to slot stories into a specific point in time. Going further, I like characters like Corran Horn, Kyle Katarn et al often better than the movie characters. On the other side of the coin, only what appears in a Star Trek movie or TV series are considered canon- the books/comics/games etc. are ignored, and seem to exist only to make Paramount and Viacom more money. And even tv series and movies contradict each other, almost on a regular basis. When Enterprise debuts, I know it's going to butcher established Trek canon, because Rick Verman is just that type of guy. Gene Roddenbery would be spinning in his grave if he knew about things like DS9 and Voyager. I'd really like to know what Majel Roddenvbery things of all this or have they salved the wounds with a really big checque.