JEDI NEWS: Welcome to Jedi News. First of all, how does it feel to be author of the first real book series in new canon?
JASON FRY: Awesome! Servants of the Empire was a great opportunity that I hugely enjoyed. Now that it’s done I find myself missing Zare and Merei.
JEDI NEWS: Lets talk about Zare Leonis. Would you say he is a Han Solo type hero or a Luke Skywalker?
JASON FRY: More like Luke, though Zare has no ability with the Force. Zare’s deliberate — he has dilemmas to wrestle with, and contemplates his course of action. Merei’s a lot more like Han than Zare is — she’s more impulsive and prone to get herself into trouble by shooting off her mouth.
JEDI NEWS: How does Servants of the Empire affect Star Wars canon as a whole? What does it contribute?
JASON FRY: I don’t really think of it that way. I set out to tell a fun story with characters readers could connect with — and to explore the question of why so many apparently decent people would sign up to serve the Empire and how that experience might change them. The storytelling always comes before the world-building and continuity, which are there to support it. When you do things the other way around you generally wind up with a mess.
JEDI NEWS: Do you think the galaxy of Star Wars is technologically advanced enough or is it missing some sci-fi elements?
JASON FRY: I think of Star Wars as space fantasy, not science fiction. I know there are fans who like treating it as hard sci-fi, digging down into everything from hyperspace travel times and the destructive power of turbolasers, but they tend to wind up frustrated. How does Darth Sidious reach Mustafar quickly enough to save Anakin from dying? Simple — his shuttle moves at the “speed of plot.”
JEDI NEWS: What was your favorite scene to write out of all of the 4 Servants of the Empire?
JASON FRY: Hmm. Zare’s interview with the Inquisitor in Rebel in the Ranks was one I went over and over, because it was so important to the story and such a great opportunity for me as a writer. I’ll pick that one and what happens to Zare when he finally gets into the tower in The Secret Academy — I had that scene in my head all the way back when I was working on the first book, Edge of the Galaxy, and was working towards it. Though I originally intended for the scene in the tower to be the very end of the third book, Imperial Justice. That would have been such a great cliffhanger — a combination of the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the book version of The Two Towers. The problem was I would have had too much story before that point and not enough after it. I’m still a little disappointed that I couldn’t make that happen.
JEDI NEWS: Just a stray thought. Weapon of the Jedi mentioned that Luke and Wedge were the only survivors of Yavin. What about that one Y-wing that flew away at the end?
JASON FRY: Weapon of a Jedi says Wedge and Luke were the only survivors of Red Squadron. The Y-wing would have been part of another squadron.
JEDI NEWS: Lastly, who is your favorite Star Wars character?
JASON FRY: Han Solo from the classic trilogy; Qui-Gon from the prequels, with Obi-Wan a close second.
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