Timothy Zahn Live Chat Recap

January 24, 2013 at 9:27 am | Posted in Books, Events, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Here’s a recap of Star Wars Books live chat with Timothy Zahn. Due to the large turnout, we’ve included just Tim’s answers.

  • That was basically how I would have rewritten the Greedo scene to let Greedo shoot first, even while Han was in control of the situation.
  • I’ve always thought that Breha had a fair amount to do with Leia’s (and Winter’s) upbringing, though that may not be canon anymore. Regardless, I assume that the girls would at least have some fond memories of her, which would of course hit Winter particularly hard.
  • The cast list in Scoundrels was designed to be a book that Star Wars fans who weren’t EU readers could pick up without being lost. Winter and Kell are there because I did want to give some links to the EU folks, but since these are (chronologically) their first appearances, the newcomers wouldn’t be lost. Yes, I’d love to see some of my stuff adapted to movies or TV; no, I have no idea how the Disney/LFL thing will work out, but I’m expecting good things.
  • I would love to write more Star Wars books, whether about Thrawn, Mara, Winter, Bink/Tavia, or the Big Three. At this point, though, I don’t know what Disney has planned for the EU, and we’ll all just have to wait and see.
  • Whether the new movies will ignore the EU, adapt the EU, or completely bulldoze the EU is also something we’ll have to wait to see.
  • If there are to be more books, and if LFL/Del Rey/Disney decide to let me write some of them, I have a trilogy project to pitch where the third book would also be the third book of the Hand of Judgment series (Allegiance and Choices of One). Again, I don’t know if that will happen.
  • Favorite characters to write: Whichever one I’m working on at the moment. <G> Seriously, though, I do try to get into the skin of whoever my point-of-view character is at that moment; to understand how they think/act, and to see the universe through their eyes. That being said, I have to say that Thrawn and Mara are two of the most rewarding/difficult characters to deal with.
  • Favorite SW movie: The Empire Strikes Back. I haven’t seen enough Clone Wars to have an opinion. (Our cable tier doesn’t carry that channel.) I’ve only read a couple of the other EU books — I just don’t have the time anymore to read like I used to.
  • I’ve seen both the original and the remake of Ocean’s Eleven, and I prefer the second. (More complex plot, and I think the characters are a bit more engaging.)
  • At the moment I like writing in the Ep 4/5 gap, partly because the characters are so much fun in that era and partly because the territory hasn’t been as well explored. However, I understand there are several books now scheduled in that time, so it may start getting crowded. <G> As to other eras, the Old Republic era has a lot of good writers who are working there, and I’m not sure whether Del Rey is planning to go beyond Legacy of the Force right now. If the Ep 3/4 gap is ever opened up (LFL so far has kept that off-limits) there are a bunch of stories I could tell there.
  • And no, I am not going to retcon the Holiday Special.
  • Actually, I think Disney will do right by LFL. Their record with Pixar and Marvel indicates they know how to step back and let the people who know what they’re doing just do it. With Kathleen Kennedy now helming LFL, and with all the wonderfully talented people already in place there, I’m expecting good things to come. Of course, if Disney decided they wanted a couple of TV shows, and just *happened* to think of Mara Jade or the Hand of Judgment, I would certanly not stand in their way.
  • A Fel or Chiss novel would be fun. As a matter of fact, the trilogy I mentioned above (which I’ll pitch if I’m invited to do another book) would have one book heavily involving Thrawn and the Chiss. (The middle book, by the way, would feature Mara being sent to stop an assassination…against Vader. Imagine the fun they would both have with that assignment.) The proposed series title is The Maestro Trilogy, if anyone wants to star nagging Del Rey. (No, seriously, don’t nag. Just ask politely…)
  • An animated Thrawn Trilogy would be wonderful, and I think many of my other books and series would lend themselves well to the big or little screens. Hopefully, someday Hollywood will run out of sequels and remakes and start looking at the great books, comics, and graphic novels out there.
  • At the moment there are no plans for 20th anniversary editions of Dark Force Rising or The Last Command. But that could always change.
  • My education background is actually physics, with some astronomy thrown in. I never took a formal writing class — fortunately, writing is something you can learn to do on your own.
  • Non-Star Wars recommendations: for standalone mystery/thriller you might try The Icarus Hunt. For film noir in space, the Quadrail Series (first book: Night Train to Rigel). For Young Adult adventure, the Dragonback books (first book: Dragon and Thief). For military adventure, the Cobra Series (six books so far, with a third trilogy in the works).
  • And for any David Weber/Honor Harrington fans out there, my next project (besides the new Cobras) is a trilogy collaboration with David set in the early days of the Manticore system, about 400 years before Honor. That one’s turning into a lot of fun.
  • As to whether any of my characters might show up in the sequels: Again, no idea what’s being planned, but I would naturally love to see something I’ve done up there on the Big Screen.
  • I can write a book in about four months, occasionally three, which works out to three a year.
  • Thank you all for coming by. Drop over to my Facebook page to keep up with any current news from my corner of the galaxy.

You can view the full, unedited live chat here on Star Wars Books’ Facebook page.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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