A&A The Official Jason Fry Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Havac, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Sinrebirth SWC and EUC Forum Moderator

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    I loath those dreams. Finding an awesome second hand shop and buying loads of cheap micro machines, namely Star Destroyers, to add to the 14 I already have... And then I wake up. Sigh much.
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    Roughly analogous to my "finding a used bookstore with every WEG book, ever" dream...

    (My god, we're so nerdy.)
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  3. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    That dance is going on Youtube sometime, right?
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  4. Havac Some Guy Who Moderates Lit

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    I distinctly remember having an "early Essential Atlas" bookstore dream. Maybe even two different ones, or maybe the second one was a Warfare one.
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    Man, I've had all those dreams.

    And I hate, hate, hate waking up afterwards.
  6. Robimus Force Ghost

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    I was acutaly at a convention a few years back where a dealer had tons of Star Wars WEG guide books and such. Not everyone ever, but a lot. I bought a couple but in the end didn't have enough money to clean him out =((

    Since then I don't think I've seen a copy of any of them, anywhere(minus ebay of course)
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  7. _Catherine_ Force Ghost

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    You guys are such nerds.
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  8. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    I also once had a dream that I was skiing on a mountain, but then it erupted into a volcano so I had to surf down the lava. So clearly on the basis of dreams, I am an awesome volcano surfer and totally not a nerd.
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  9. jasonfry VIP

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    Howdy, quick note for any NY/NJ folks -- will be at Books and Greetings in Northvale, NJ, on Sat. Dec. 8, 11a-1p, with the fine folks of the 501st. Come on out and we'll talk Clone Wars, Episode VII or whatever intrigues you. More details here.
  10. General Immodet Jedi Grand Master

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    The Essential Guide to Warfare and The Essential Atlas are two of my favourite books! Well done! Keep up the good work, Jason Fry!

    PS: Thank you for giving Banjeer a first name!
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  11. Lugija Force Ghost

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    Re: The dream discussion, last Tuesday night I had a dream in which I was in a book store, and found a package of new Omnibuses. There were Wild Space, Tales and for some reason even Photocomics vol 1. I even touched some of those before I woke up.

    Doesn't beat the dream with dinosaurs on my yard, though, but that's always a tall order.
  12. srd5090 Jedi Master

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    Jason,

    Thank you. I suppose this goes to Daniel Wallace too, but your work on the Atlas and Guide to Warfare is simply amazing. You may not realize it, but you hold a tremendous amount of course-correcting power in terms of understanding the existing narratives of stories others have written in the Star Wars EU.

    The current state of the franchise is a constant continuity band-aid-fest. Authors and writers fumble over each other, often not paying attention to events that have happened, or outright contradicting themselves. Often, a simple visit to Wookieepedia would stop that from happening. It's the 'guide' books that offer some slight course corrections to mend the infinite threads of continuity. Outside the typical narratives you're able to take story elements that didn't make sense in the larger scheme and give them a new pain job to fit. For a fan who stresses about having a solid framework for the stories that are told, these books are wonderful. Sometimes I wish it were as easy as going through everything and patching it. But the books you work on are close enough.

    The sequel trilogy is going to potentially crash the existing EU, but the books you and Dan have worked on will serve as a sort of 'Executive Summary' for what the EU is/was. Your little additions to the EU have made unanswered questions solvable, made mix-matched stories feel part of the same universe, and overall make the story of the Galaxy Far Far Away much more enjoyable.

    You keep writin' em, I'll keep readin' em.

    Thank you again, so much.
  13. jasonfry VIP

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    Thanks -- that's really kind of you to say. Notes like this keep authors going when the manuscript seems endless, the ideas aren't flowing and you think you're stuck and will never get out.
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  15. CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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    Jason, any idea what the odds are of a Kindle Shadow Conspiracy coming along? Scholastic seems like it has a pretty good record in that area, but I'm not seeing any listings currently.
  16. jasonfry VIP

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    SSS, answered question over there. Thanks for lighting up the Jace Signal so I saw it.

    Coop, don't know but will ask. I see Shadow Conspiracy is out, at least from AMZN. Looking forward to folks getting to read it through some vehicle other than search. As an author, that was painful.
  17. AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature

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    Hey Jason!

    Any luck on getting some of the cut Essential Guide to Warfare material used in an online supplement on starwars.com? I am still dying to see that Panaka story... :D

    --Adm. Nick
  18. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    ...Panaka story? Are we talking about a Moff Panaka story? Because if so, color me intrigued.
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    Meeting Leia post-Endor, no less...

    --Adm. Nick
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  21. The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus

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    How is it that you're the one person that didn't already know about this?
  22. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    I thought you were aware of my unique talent of completely missing things :p

    'sides, I basically didn't post in the Warfare thread at all until after the book was released (which sort of rekindled my interest in the EU), so I wouldn't have known about it if it was discussed then.
  23. Lugija Force Ghost

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    I just finished Shadow Conspiracy, it was a fun read, perhaps a little too quick since there were only ~40 pages for one episode. Still, this format could be used for more episodes. Just put up a note if you have another one coming, @jasonfry

    Since the plot and dialogue seem to be straight from the episodes (I base this on Revival) I only comment on the prose, which I found good but lacking details. I didn't get a very good picture of Death Watch's camp on Zambar nor of any other unfamiliar place. But that's the format, and I gladly traded scenery details for the continuity connections and character insights, especially different characters' views on Mandalorian culture. Jason should write a full novel sometime.

    Spoiler for the ending (open)
    I'm quite sure that the last episode won't end to the point the book does, though. Or if it does, it's quite a cliffhanger. Anyway, I'm interested in seeing where this will go. Hopefully there are no 4-episode droid arcs between The Lawless and the next villains arc.

    A big surprise near the ending was of course that they (show makers) all but spelled out that Palpatine is Sidious and Mas Amedda knows that. And Palpatine used one of his plot-hyperspace routes again.
  24. jasonfry VIP

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    Glad you liked Shadow Conspiracy. That's a fair point re the unfamiliar settings, but in my defense I wasn't able to see the episodes before writing. In some places I could see concept art, but in others -- such as the Death Watch camp -- I was working from the relatively bare-bones descriptions in the scripts. I'll be very interested to see if what's on screen matches what was in my head.

    The equivalence you noted as a spoiler surprised me too.

    As for writing a full novel, I'd love to if given the chance. Though I do [PLUG ALERT] have my own young adult series coming out from HarperCollins, called The Jupiter Pirates. First book will be out either around Xmas or early 2014. Hope folks here will pick it up and find it a good read. Certainly I've had a blast imagining and writing the series.
  25. jasonfry VIP

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    Heads-up that I've got a new short story in Star Wars Insider 139. It's called "Speaking Silently," and it features Rex, some cameos by other clone troopers, and the Lorrdians. It began as cut material for WARFARE, but didn't really have room to breathe in that format, and so was heavily reworked for Insider. Hope folks like it -- Rex is an interesting character to make tick.

    Re Shadow Conspiracy e-book, I'm told it is coming in the spring. More than that I do not know.

    Wrapping AOTC Expanded Visual Dictionary and Clone Wars Episode Guide for DK, as well as a project for another publisher (group effort that can't be disclosed just yet), and just kicked off something else for DK. Busy! Busy is good!
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