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Author Analysis: Daniel Keys Moran

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  1. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Analyze and discuss the writing skills and strengths and weaknesses of our first short-story author. No bashing or gushing.

    Previous Author Analyses:
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/25207769/p1/?19]Elaine Cunningham[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/25126897/p1/?36]R. A. Salvatore[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/25094206/p1/?7]Sean Williams and Shane Dix[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24994744/p1/?8]Greg Bear[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=24933060&brd=10003&replies=13]Kathy Tyers[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24881244/p1/?12]Darko Macan[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24807898/p1/?21]Vonda McIntyre[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24739093/p1/?24]Walter Jon Williams[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=24625860&brd=10003&start=24659666]Kristine Kathryn Rusch[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=24496078&brd=10003&start=24519870]Roger MacBride Allen[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24438673/p1]John Ostrander[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24353168/p1/?8]Steve Perry[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24235987/p1/?22]Brian Daley[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24191039/p1/?13]Barbara Hambly[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=24102548&brd=10003&replies=20]Dave Wolverton[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24030878/p1]Troy Denning[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/23943853/p1/?30]Ann C. Crispin[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/23875547/p1/?22]K. W. Jeter[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/23848711/p1/?13]Sean Stewart[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/23699999/p1/?8]Haden Blackman[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/23653338/p1/?11]Greg Keyes[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/23553605/p1/?14]Michael Stackpole[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=23393579&brd=10003&replies=35]Kevin J. Anderson[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/23141067/p1/?43]Matthew Stover[/link]
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    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/22930176/p1]Aaron Allston[/link]

    Go at it!:D
     
  2. Commander5052

    Commander5052 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Daniel Keys Moran, IMO, is probabaly the most underappreciated Star Wars author. His short story, "The Last One Standing" seems to have become the basis for most Fett characterizations, and "Empire Blues", which gave us the background of Labria, wasn't too shabby either.
     
  3. 000

    000 Jedi Master star 4

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    Daniel Keys Moran is the single best author to have graced the Star Wars franchise.

    That is all.
     
  4. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Best short-story author by far. I [face_love] Empire Blues.

    He's able to set a great tone with his stories, really getting into the character's head. I'm tremendously disappointed that we haven't gotten more from him.
     
  5. _ViE_AcheRoN_

    _ViE_AcheRoN_ Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Damn straight. "The Last One Standing" is my favorite piece of Star Wars literature, bar none, and "A Barve Like That" isn't far behind.

    "Empire Blues" isn't one of my personal favorites, but it, too, is pretty high up there in terms of quality.

    I wish he'd come back. The EU could use someone with his ability these days.
     
  6. Jodus

    Jodus Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Well, have to be honest, he wrote the definative Boba Fett for me and possibly more. The stories were well rounded and entertaining. He made Boba a person, yet still the Bounty Hunter we can all love.
     
  7. Ashandarei

    Ashandarei Jedi Master star 4

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    Wait, HE'S the guy that wrote those two?

    My god. That ... IS Boba Fett. No matter how much the character has been mangled since ... every time I read his stories, I'm reminded why I was drawn to him in the first place.
     
  8. 000

    000 Jedi Master star 4

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    Yep, DKM wrote "A Barve Like That" under a pseudonym, apparently.

    Believe it or not, I actually really like ol' Bobby-- as portrayed by DKM. What I don't like is how subsequent portrayals have been all over the map with him. Comics I can understand, but DKM's nuances were particularly missed in the latest LotF installment.

    I'd like to know what editorial problems caused him to used a pseudonym for "A Barve Like That," providing the quote in the Wooki can be trusted.
     
  9. Halagad_Ventor

    Halagad_Ventor Star Wars Author - SWRPG Designer star 4 VIP

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    Daniel Keys Moran (The Last One Standing) and Andy Mangels (Twin Engines of Destruction) created the two perfect depictions of Boba Fett for their respective media. Those are the two interpretations I try to stay loyal to when dealing with Boba.
     
  10. Jodus

    Jodus Jedi Youngling star 2

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    I forgot about Engines of Destruction, wonderfully done in relationship to his character. At the same time showing his ruthless side, but also a softer side for the people.

    As for DKM, I would love to see more short stories by him. Especially more Fett stories, something earlier in his career perhaps. He did very well making his Last One Standing stretch several decades. In fact, when I get back to school, I think I'll pick up Last One Standing. Its due time for another read :)

    And Abel, glad to see u have good role models :D
     
  11. _ViE_AcheRoN_

    _ViE_AcheRoN_ Jedi Youngling star 3

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    That's very reassuring. =D=
     
  12. Brant_Flir

    Brant_Flir Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I've never heard of this guy, but if he writes good Fett, then i've got to read some. Where can i find his pieces?
     
  13. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (though that's not a Fett story), Tales of the Bounty Hunters, and Tales from Jabba's Palace.
     
  14. Brant_Flir

    Brant_Flir Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Strangley, that is one of the stories that i haven't read in Mos Eisly... *runs off to read it.*
     
  15. Brant_Flir

    Brant_Flir Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Wow. He iss a great writer. Now I HAVE to read the Boba Fett one, it must be great!!
     
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