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A&A The Official Jason Fry Discussion Thread

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

  1. jasonfry

    jasonfry VIP star 4 VIP

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    I've seen TFA three times and haven't spotted Sarco. Props to him for being crafty and elusive. (Said in the Ewan McGregor voice: ihh-LOO-siv.)

    Nothing to report on the SD. Haven't forgotten, though.

    Re Levers of Power, I sent JJM a copy of the story to make sure he thought I'd done Sloane justice. It was fun to play connect the dots between the character in A New Dawn/Orientation and Aftermath. Plus I liked that there was a logical reason for the story to reflect on the events of A New Dawn and Sloane's various mentors. It's her own fulcrum, I suppose, where she realizes if she isn't the one to take action no one else will. And then that action is swift and brutal, not because Sloane is a sadist but because that's what's needed.

    I built the whole story around the moment of realization and the suggestion -- which came from Tom Hoeler and Erich Schoeneweiss at Del Rey -- that we could use the seemingly innocent line "Recall the TIEs" to make readers go "Whooaaaaa." The trickiest thing was stepping out of chronological time to give that moment more weight and emphasis. I think it worked but it was a struggle to align the writing so it did.

    Hux was fun. Lemme think about the best place to tell that tale. But I'll find a place for it soon, promise.
     
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  2. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    You can see Sarco right next to Constable Zuvio. Can't miss it.
     
  3. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Jason, did you pick up an Lego sets from TFA? I gotta admit, I grabbed a few (including the Resistance Transport) and it is SOOO much cooler to build them and admire them after reading your fabulous ICS. Hell, as I was building the Resistance Transport, I found myself thinking more about what a B-wing Mk. II looks like than the ship itself. :p

    --Adm. Nick
     
  4. DoubleSith

    DoubleSith Jedi Grand Master star 3

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    For Jason and all of you still looking for Sarco, you can see him in the background in the shot where Rey parks her speeder on her first trip to Niima Outpost.
     
  5. Cheerios4u98

    Cheerios4u98 Jedi Knight star 3

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    Thanks! I'll have to pay close attention next time I go see it... which might not be until it is released on blu-ray. I don't want to burn myself out on this movie too quickly...
     
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  6. Darth McClain

    Darth McClain Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Jason, any word on the Jupiter Pirates short story?
     
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  7. Jeff_Ferguson

    Jeff_Ferguson Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I was wondering about that too. I have The Rise of Earth pre ordered, and I only learned about that short story a few weeks ago.

    Of course, we won`t begrudge you at all if it`s delayed. Who in their right mind would pass up the opportunity to write the dozen or so TFA tie ins with which they tasked you? :D

    I hadn`t heard of Sarco Plank, so I found this google result pretty interesting.
     
  8. jasonfry

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    You're kind to ask about the story. Thank you.

    It keeps getting delayed by fires that have to be put out and projects that pop up, much to my chagrin. But will have it before the Curse of the Iris PB at the very worst.

    I have no LEGO sets, alas. Though I did buy myself a Bith mini-fig at NYCC. He sits next to a little T-Rex skull I bought in Japan, the personalized author sign I liberated from Star Wars Weekends, Sarco and my ReAction Ripley and Alien figs.
     
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  9. Darth Caliban

    Darth Caliban Jedi Knight star 4

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    Jason: Are new in canon essential guides planned for the forseeable future? That would be really great.
     
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  10. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Jason,

    We know have the "Lothal Sector" per Rebels last night. Apparently in proximity to Concord Dawn and Mandalorian territory, at least in the sense that they need safe passage through the system to travel in and out of the Outer Rim.

    Stellar cartographic thoughts?

    --Adm. Nick
     
  11. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Force Ghost star 8

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    Mandalore sector in the oldcanon was right next to the Mid Rim/Outer Rim border (near the Hydian Way).

    I would guess that it now controls that Hydian Way route (the Hydian Way crosses the Inner Rim, Expansion Region and Mid Rim in a very short distance there) - which is why the Rebels need that route.
     
  12. Tzizvvt78

    Tzizvvt78 Jedi Master star 5

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    It's nice as an explanation for why the Lothal rebels got a Mandalorian with them. The Mandalorian territory is nearby.
     
  13. Darth McClain

    Darth McClain Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Fair enough. I'm looking forward to it, whenever it comes out.
     
  14. Noash_Retrac

    Noash_Retrac Jedi Master star 4

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    I always considered Lothal close to Kessel.
     
  15. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Immortal Mod-King of the EUC, RPF and SWC star 8 Staff Member Manager

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    Perhaps it's in the Borderlands region on the Salin.


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  16. Hamburger_Time

    Hamburger_Time Jedi Master star 2

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    Jason, can I say that I like that the Atlas opens with a discussion of stars in The Galaxy... and they work in the exact same way they do in our universe? I know, on your blog, you've said one of your sci-fi pet peeves is making things more "spacey" than they need to be (i.e. using "orbital cycle" instead of "year" and such); was that thought on your mind when you and/or Dan wrote this part?
     
  17. Noash_Retrac

    Noash_Retrac Jedi Master star 4

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    jasonfry

    Is there any plans to release maps of the Deep Core, Core Worlds, Colonies and Inner Rim sectors anytime soon?

    I can only look at the ones of the Expansion Region, Mid Rim and Outer Rim Territories (plus the Tion Cluster) for so long without going mad.

    Also, any new plans for stuff relating to the Battle of Endor? I'd love to see a new list of ships and pilots (with Tycho Celchu returned to canon?).
     
  18. jasonfry

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    No plans for any new maps at this time, nor for Endor work from me.

    Re the stars, yeah, we definitely wanted to make the stars and galaxy work the way our own does. Nature and/or [whatever divine being you believe in] already invented something pretty phenomenal there, so why mess with it?
     
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  19. jasonfry

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    New interview that might be interesting, or at least I hope so. I talk the challenges of Rey's Survival Guide, the approach to TFA Cross-Sections, and there are a lot of writing tips. Plus: baseball card confessions!
     
  20. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    I just read Rey's Survival Guide the other day. Thought it was pretty good!
     
  21. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    jasonfry

    I was reading your article on TOS about the Secret Academy and noticed at the bottom you clarified the weapons count and description for the Finalizer! 1500 turbolasers and ion cannons and a battlecruiser classification. Very cool! :D

    --Adm. Nick
     
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  22. King of Alsakan

    King of Alsakan Jedi Master star 4

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    Very interesting stuff on the background of General Hux, and the Finalizer. I liked the line in I think the Visual Guide, about their being inconsistent Stormtroopers due to their training varying so much across the Galaxy.
     
  23. Noash_Retrac

    Noash_Retrac Jedi Master star 4

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    jasonfry

    I want to ask with the Viscount prototype being made 3 km long, does that mean that the Mediator-class battle cruiser is 1,500 meters long?
     
  24. jasonfry

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    I'd prefer to leave that discussion to the Fleet Junkies thread. At this point it just gives me a headache.

    At the risk of an awkward segue, sat down (well, virtually) for an interview with Star Wars Veracruz that I thought was fun. We talk about a lot -- being an author under Disney, Cross-Sections, writing influences -- and I dug into Weapon of a Jedi and how it calls back to the Star Wars tales of Luke Skywalker that I loved as a kid. Check it out here.
     
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  25. blackmyron

    blackmyron Force Ghost star 5

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    Very interesting. I'm really curious now to see what happens with FFG's Nexus of Power book, considering that Lothal makes an appearance - if it gets a planetary entry, I wonder if they were given any information about placement? (Then again, they may not even have an entry for the planet, just about the Jedi ruins there).