It’s OK to Feel Sorry for TIE Fighter Pilots

Fantasy author Django Wexler is a lifelong Star Wars lover and has often desired to compose a tale set in that universe. He acquired his want past year when his limited tale “Amara Kel’s Procedures for TIE Fighter Pilot Survival (Likely)” appeared in the anthology The Empire Strikes Back: From a Particular Point of Check out.

“The strategy is to display the points of check out of people in these movies who are not the key people,” Wexler suggests in Episode 474 of the Geek’s Manual to the Galaxy podcast. “I was definitely glad to be a part of it. It was a definitely entertaining obstacle.”

Wexler’s tale focuses on the lives of TIE fighter pilots, who are normally taken care of as faceless cannon fodder in the Star Wars movies. “I experienced gotten definitely into the X-Wing Miniatures Game—which is just an X-wings vs. TIE fighters recreation you enjoy on a tabletop—and that experienced expanded on the lore a very little bit, so I desired to dive into that in a limited tale,” Wexler suggests. “So when they advised me to do one from Empire Strikes Back, this is what I arrived up with as a TIE fighter pilot tale.”

The movies depict TIE fighters as amazingly reckless, usually diving into slender spaces and colliding with asteroids, cruisers, and each other, which helps make Wexler imagine that TIE fighter pilots will have to be matter to extreme propaganda. “I definitely desired to do the point of view of someone who experienced variety of noticed by that and was performed with this bullshit,” he suggests. “And so her procedures are all really substantially about, ‘Let the other men be the ones who fly into the asteroids, if you want to are living by a tour of obligation.’”

Wexler hopes his tale helps make viewers imagine about the simple fact that most TIE fighter pilots are possibly unlucky conscripts with family members who really like them. “Nobody definitely desires to be reminded that all the men who get shot or punched or thrown off a bridge for the duration of these motion movies are people today,” he suggests. “That’s the explanation that when the rebels are attacking the Demise Star, we can see all the rebels’ faces, and the TIE fighter men are all putting on masks. It is so that we can have this fantasy of consequence-totally free violence.”

Hear to the finish job interview with Django Wexler in Episode 474 of Geek’s Manual to the Galaxy (higher than). And check out some highlights from the dialogue beneath.

Django Wexler on novellas:

“ has performed wonderful work in the novella space, and it is definitely been one of my ambitions to compose a novella for them sometime, because there have just been so many—Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries and Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Youngsters series there’s a good one referred to as Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday, which I love—and just on and on. There are all these good novellas that they’ve performed. … It is ebooks, essentially. The trouble is that you just cannot price a genuine ebook at $two.99 and have bookstores inventory it—it’s just not value their time. And conversely you just cannot price a novella at $12 and expect to offer all that many copies. And so the availability of ebooks has just type of adjusted the primary economics of it to make this possible.”

Django Wexler on magic:

“A large amount of the magic devices in the more challenging fantasy stuff—and most of what I compose is a ‘hard’ magic system variety of thing—does have a variety of computer-y bent, sometimes additional explicitly than other people. … In my to start with fantasy series, The Shadow Strategies, one of the factors that it explores is that there’s the fundamental truth of the magic system, which I labored out in a variety of vague way, but then all the diverse cultures who are exposed to it, and discover to manipulate it, do so with diverse ideas about what it truly is and how it operates. And for no matter what explanation, that feels like a really computer-y thought to me, that you have this fundamental truth, but truth is also defined by how people today use it.”

Django Wexler on Asimov’s magazine:

“The to start with tale I at any time wrote—which I wrote when I was 15—I wrote it and I confirmed it to my dad, and he believed it was definitely very good. What he claimed to me was, ‘You know how when you do something, we normally explain to you that it is very good because we really like you and we want to aid you?’ And I claimed, ‘Yeah, I recognize that.’ And he’s like, ‘Well, this isn’t that. I imagine this is definitely very good.’ In any case, we despatched it to Asimov’s but they did not acquire it, which in retrospect is possibly for the ideal. But it cemented Asimov’s as the current market for science fiction for me—no slight to the other magazines, but that was the one I study. So eventually receiving to offer something to them was certainly an accomplishment.”

Django Wexler on his limited tale “REAL”:

“That one started life as Sailor Moon lover fiction. It was a tale that I wrote back in my lover fiction times, and I should really say none of the real terms in the lover fiction turned into this tale, because I just sat down and wrote it once again. … It was about a individual in the genuine entire world who sees what he thinks is a recreation/Television set display bleeding into the genuine entire world. But the primary thought and the ending stinger is all from that previous tale. I variety of genericized it a very little bit, so it is not truly primarily based on any certain work of fiction anymore. So that was a very good case in point of repurposing an previous tale, and not even copying any of the terms from one doc to another but just getting another crack at a thought and undertaking it greater, I hope.”

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