Fantasy creator Django Wexler is a lifelong Star Wars fan and has all the time wished to jot down a narrative set in that universe. He received his want final yr when his brief story “Amara Kel’s Guidelines for TIE Fighter Pilot Survival (Most likely)” appeared within the anthology The Empire Strikes Again: From a Sure Level of View.
“The thought is to point out the factors of view of characters in these motion pictures who should not the principle characters,” Wexler says in Episode 474 of the Geek’s Information to the Galaxy podcast. “I used to be actually glad to be part of it. It was a extremely enjoyable problem.”
Wexler’s story focuses on the lives of TIE fighter pilots, who’re typically handled as faceless cannon fodder within the Star Wars movies. “I had gotten actually into the X-Wing Miniatures Recreation—which is simply an X-wings vs. TIE fighters sport you play on a tabletop—and that had expanded on the lore a bit of bit, so I wished to dive into that in a brief story,” Wexler says. “So after they instructed me to do one from Empire Strikes Again, that is what I got here up with as a TIE fighter pilot story.”
The movies depict TIE fighters as extremely reckless, continuously diving into slim areas and colliding with asteroids, cruisers, and one another, which makes Wexler assume that TIE fighter pilots should be topic to intense propaganda. “I actually wished to do the angle of somebody who had sort of seen by means of that and was executed with this bullshit,” he says. “And so her guidelines are all very a lot about, ‘Let the opposite guys be those who fly into the asteroids, if you wish to stay by means of a tour of obligation.’”
Wexler hopes his story makes viewers take into consideration the truth that most TIE fighter pilots are in all probability unlucky conscripts with households who love them. “No one actually needs to be reminded that each one the fellows who get shot or punched or thrown off a bridge throughout these motion motion pictures are individuals,” he says. “That’s the rationale that when the rebels are attacking the Loss of life Star, we are able to see all of the rebels’ faces, and the TIE fighter guys are all sporting masks. It’s in order that we are able to have this fantasy of consequence-free violence.”
Take heed to the whole interview with Django Wexler in Episode 474 of Geek’s Information to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue beneath.
Django Wexler on novellas:
“Tor.com has executed superb work within the novella house, and it’s actually been one in every of my ambitions to jot down a novella for them sometime, as a result of there have simply been so many—Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries and Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Kids collection; there’s an ideal one known as Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday, which I really like—and simply on and on. There are all these nice novellas that they’ve executed. … It’s ebooks, mainly. The issue is which you can’t value an actual e book at $2.99 and have bookstores inventory it—it’s simply not value their time. And conversely you may’t value a novella at $12 and anticipate to promote all that many copies. And so the supply of ebooks has simply form of modified the essential economics of it to make this potential.”
Django Wexler on magic:
“A number of the magic methods within the more durable fantasy stuff—and most of what I write is a ‘laborious’ magic system sort of factor—does have a sort of computer-y bent, generally extra explicitly than others. … In my first fantasy collection, The Shadow Campaigns, one of many issues that it explores is that there’s the underlying fact of the magic system, which I labored out in a sort of imprecise method, however then all of the totally different cultures who’re uncovered to it, and study to control it, accomplish that with totally different concepts about what it truly is and the way it works. And for no matter purpose, that seems like a really computer-y idea to me, that you’ve got this underlying actuality, however actuality can be outlined by how individuals use it.”
Django Wexler on Asimov’s journal:
“The primary story I ever wrote—which I wrote after I was 15—I wrote it and I confirmed it to my dad, and he thought it was actually good. What he mentioned to me was, ‘You know the way if you do one thing, we regularly inform you that it’s good as a result of we love you and we wish to help you?’ And I mentioned, ‘Yeah, I perceive that.’ And he’s like, ‘Properly, this isn’t that. I believe that is actually good.’ Anyway, we despatched it to Asimov’s however they didn’t take it, which looking back might be for one of the best. However it cemented Asimov’s as the marketplace for science fiction for me—no slight to the opposite magazines, however that was the one I learn. So lastly attending to promote one thing to them was positively an achievement.”
Django Wexler on his brief story “REAL”:
“That one started life as Sailor Moon fan fiction. It was a narrative that I wrote again in my fan fiction days, and I ought to say none of the particular phrases within the fan fiction changed into this story, as a result of I simply sat down and wrote it once more. … It was about an individual in the true world who sees what he thinks is a sport/TV present bleeding into the true world. However the fundamental idea and the ending stinger is all from that outdated story. I sort of genericized it a bit of bit, so it’s not truly based mostly on any specific work of fiction anymore. In order that was a great instance of repurposing an outdated story, and never even copying any of the phrases from one doc to a different however simply taking one other crack at an idea and doing it higher, I hope.”