After he "quit" 30 years ago. That franchise is coming back firing both barrels
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Posted 22 August 2019 - 11:49 AM
Posted 22 August 2019 - 01:21 PM
On the one hand...
Stackpole was bar none the BEST BT author of the pack. When Loren Coleman took over, things took a severe down turn for me so Stackpole writing again is a huge win.
On the other:
Stackpole did a couple novels for the Dark Age era ('Ghost War' in 02 and 'Masters of War' in 07) so he didn't exactly fully leave the franchise after 'Prince of Havok'. Also this is a collection of 3 short stories on the Kell Hounds - not the start of a huge story like the 4th Succession War (Warrior Trilogy), the Clan Invasion (Blood of Kerensky), the Refusal War or Twillight of the Clans
When I met with him, before the news broke that he was leaving the franchise (but he knew), I asked him how that whole process worked. He said that all of the authors (Weisman, Babcock, Coleman, Kieth, Thurston, Pardoe, Milan, and a few others) met over a week and laid out the major events in universe for that year. Once the major events were set in stone, each author volunteered to take sections of the story and tell that section. Stackpole always handled politics, Fedcom, Wolves, Kell Hounds, and Comstar. Coleman always took Laio. Thurston took Jade Faclons. Keith took Grey Death. Charette took Kurita. Other authors filled needed holes. There was an agreement that the other authors would not touch certain characters that other authors were developing, and you could not kill another author's character. They then gave their outline to FASA, and source book authors would work with primary authors to make scenarios and literature. That must have been an awesome (pun intended) meeting.
Edited by Ryougabot, 22 August 2019 - 01:29 PM.
Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:01 PM
Coleman always took Laio.
Edited by Devcon, 22 August 2019 - 06:02 PM.
Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:51 PM
Posted 22 August 2019 - 07:58 PM
That image needs a Drac Combine logo somewhere on it to complete it.
Also are there other new books? I noticed some titles coming up on Amazon's "Related Items" that I didn't remember
Coleman always took Laio.
hard onobsession with Liao was obvious. EVERY Coleman novel had the same structure. Main plot for a few chapters, then a chapter in Sun Tsu Liao's throneroom which ALWAYS was: Sun Tsu meets with his top aides to discuss current affairs. Intricate description of Sun Tsu's attire, focusing on one different article of clothing which featured gold, making sure to drop a line how gold was a color reserved for him. Sun Tsu chewing out one aide (always a different one each time) over a failure of their plan (regarding that novel's main plot), but how he is magnanimous in "forgiving" said failure and implying future failures will not be tolerated. Purple prose on how he is a master statesman that everyone underestimate, he gives his instructions, chapter ends. Then more plot chapters, followed by another such chapter in the throneroom *that followed the exact same structure*.
That pattern changed when he got the "main" storyline, but compared to Stackpole... yeah it didn't measure up.
Plus he killed Omi. You know, one of Stackpole's characters.
They talked. That might have happened after he quit
Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:00 PM
When they figure out who owns it...I hope they don't resort to rebooting it in the style of She-ra
Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:02 PM
Posted 23 August 2019 - 11:39 AM
Oh I know. And the setup for it was in the final "classic era" novel Stackpole wrote. Still doesn't change the fact that it was Coleman that "pulled the trigger". And all the "wash-rince-repeat" style writing Coleman had re: structure was well before he left.
In short: Stackpole MUCH superior to Coleman.
I have always thought of Coleman as the Rakshasa to Stackpole's Timber Wolf.
Posted 23 August 2019 - 03:25 PM
Was he the writer for a chunk of the good X-Wing books I always liked them
I tried with the Battletech stuff but the clans and stuff sapped my enjoyment of them and made them kinda clunky
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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:41 PM
I liked that cartoon. Sadly, thanks to the mess with various corporate structures, no one knows who actually owns it! Seems preposterous, but there you go.
He did excellent work with the X-Wing novels--some of the Good Star Wars EU. Sadly, "I, Jedi" was hampered by crossing over with Kevin J Anderson's Jedi Academy series.
Edited by Sukoshiko, 28 August 2019 - 11:44 PM.
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