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Books Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed

Discussion in 'Literature' started by GrandAdmiralJello , Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Grey1

    Grey1 Host: 181st Imperial Discussion Group star 4 VIP

    Nov 21, 2000
    This thread is killing me
  2. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Mod-Emperor of the EUC, Lit, RPF and SWC star 9 Staff Member Manager

    Nov 15, 2004
    Softly with his words?

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  3. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

    Jan 27, 2000
    I place of the Alphabet/Aurebesh debate, I offer an alternative solution: Scrambled Squadron.
  4. Dr. Steve Brule

    Dr. Steve Brule Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Sep 7, 2012
    Well, by that point the Poe Dameron comic had already shown U-wings at Jakku in its flashback issue that showed Terex's backstory ;)

    They were also prominently featured in the Battlefront II story mode. I think that's what you fly around in after you defect to the New Republic.
  5. TheAvengerButton

    TheAvengerButton Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Aug 11, 2011
    Post-defection the characters are still flying the Corvus.
  6. CooperTFN

    CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus star 7 VIP

    Jul 8, 1999
    U-wings landing on Endor was one of the best things about BFII. I wouldn't mind them SEing a couple into Echo Base tbqh.
  7. starfish

    starfish Chosen One star 5

    Oct 9, 2003
    Scrambled Squadron would go very nicely with Dinner Squadron. :p
  8. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

    May 28, 2003
    Huh, I forgot about that. I guess I gotta re-read those issues. Regardless, the more U-wings, the better. It really speaks to the brilliance of the design that it looks like it’s been there since 1977. Love it!

    —Adm. Nick
  9. The Positive Fan

    The Positive Fan Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jan 19, 2015
    Really, though, they might not be all that far away from the hallowed halls of canon. We saw an E-Wing in the Poe Dameron comic (though it went unnamed) and the H-Wing showed up in a recent RPG book, which isn't canon but... close, I guess? So those two, at least, are kind of hanging around the outskirts of canon even now. No reason K-Wings couldn't be too far behind, right?
  10. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

    Jan 27, 2000
  11. Darth Pipes

    Darth Pipes Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Oct 12, 1999
    Sounds interesting. Freed did a great job with the Rogue One novelization.
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  12. Ghost

    Ghost Chosen One star 7

    Oct 13, 2003
    English could be to the GFFA what Latin/Sanskrit are to us right now.
  13. Supreme Leader Woke

    Supreme Leader Woke Jedi Knight star 2

    Dec 29, 2017
    MernFornWesk that debate went on for more than a page:
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  14. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 8

    Jul 19, 1999
    Only just found this - nice news.

    I'd agree the title is a bit odd, but I can live with it - good to see another book from Freed.

    Has a release date been given yet?
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  15. Senpezeco

    Senpezeco Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 27, 2014's article covering the NYCC panel says June 2019.
  16. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

    Oct 4, 1998
    But, that's almost a whole 'nother year! [/whiny]
  17. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 8

    Jul 19, 1999
    Thanks, that spreads the cost out nicely.
    You got some power converters you need to pick up? Again?
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  18. Daneira

    Daneira Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 30, 2016
    Luke, it's only one more season.
  19. Landb

    Landb Jedi Knight star 1

    Mar 7, 2017
    I like what little of Freed's work I've been exposed to, and the premise sounds interesting. I haven't bothered reading much new-canon stuff (though that's mostly part of a consistent but gradual trend towards reading less SW stuff since '03/'04), but I'll probably give this one a shot.

    I actually sorta like the title, though I'm not sure it's a great call from a marketing perspective since my initial thought upon seeing the thread title was "Why is Freed writing a learn-the-alphabet book with spaceships?"

    As for the whole Alphabet/Aurebesh thing, the DVD release's replacement of all English text onscreen with Aurebesh was fairly silly from the start, since the existence of X-wings etc. meant there must be some letter called X that's X-shaped. I was reasonably happy with the Legends explanation though, where Aurebesh was the prole character-set, Greek alphabet was Tionese (explaining Delta fighters, Delta squad, Lambda shuttles, etc.), and the Latin alphabet was High Galactic. I can accept Aurebesh as a mongrel alphabet for commoners, probably influenced by Hutt script or something similarly dreadful polluting proper human languages.
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  20. bsmith7174

    bsmith7174 Jedi Master star 3

    Apr 17, 2015
    Speaking for myself, I understand the whole Aurebesh, English alphabet, “high galactic”, etc. debate. It’s not a matter of what makes sense in universe or not. I just simply think “Alphabet Squadron” sounds silly.
  21. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

    Oct 4, 1998
    Sounds like a bedtime story for toddlers. Excuse me, for "younglings."
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  22. Barriss_Coffee

    Barriss_Coffee Chosen One star 6

    Jun 29, 2003
    While it's eye-catching, it's not going to win over a lot of new readers. I got started on the EU by picking up Rogue Squadron at a used bookstore. I don't think I would have picked up something called Alphabet Squadron. And while I sometimes read SW books on the bus, I can't see myself doing it for this one. It's not that it's bad, it's eye-catchingly bad. Someone sees you reading Krytos Trap or Hand of Thrawn and they don't know what a Krytos or a Thrawn is, just that you're reading one of those Star Wars books. But Alphabet Squadron just looks weird.

    I'm sure it will be a fantastic book. Freed is absolutely one of the best new authors, and I'd read Twilight Company again (that poor book has fallen by the wayside over the years). So I wish his book would have a better title, since he deserves more people reading his stuff.
  23. nancipants

    nancipants Jedi Knight star 2

    Nov 16, 2017
    nobody ever knows what I’m reading, because ebooks. :D

    I’m really excited about this book. I miss pilots.
  24. DarthJaceus

    DarthJaceus Jedi Knight star 2

    Dec 6, 2016
    I'm pretty excited for this! The title really doesn't bother me, but I see how it could for some others. Regardless of that, I'm sure Freed will knock it out of the park.
  25. KamNale

    KamNale Jedi Master star 2

    Feb 11, 2012
    Man forget letters! I wanna know what Imperials they're bagging! Imperial Ruling Council or a new Grand Admiral sounds like a great idea. I also hope these are a group of aliens. Makes the Imperial Human thing a lot more interesting.
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