Face To Face With The Masters
Any citizen of the galaxy may be summoned to answer to the Jedi Council. Here you may read the transcripts of such sessions.
Cellblock 1138 - 1997-1999 - 2000 - 2002 - 2003+
Steve Perry - Author
Steve Perry at work.
Name: Steve Perry
That Guy who wrote Shadows of the Empire
Hair Color: Unknown
Eye Color: Unknown
Political Affiliation: Rebel Scum
Weapon(s) of Choice: Computer
Vehicle of Choice: Unknown
IMPERIALS: WELCOME TO OUR INTERROGATION SESSION MR. PERRY. WE HOPE
YOU FIND THE ACCOMODATIONS COMFORTABLE. NOW IF YOU ARE GOOD AND ANSWER ALL OF THE
QUESTIONS TO OUR SATISFACTION, YOU MAY GET OUT OF THIS ALIVE. DO WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER?
STEVE: Blankety, Blank, cuss word obscenity!!!
IMPERIALS: GOOD. LET US BEGIN. YOU WERE ABLE TO INFILTRATE SKYWALKER
RANCH WHILE WRITING YOUR BOOK, SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE (SOTE). PLEASE DESCRIBE IT TO US AND
TELL US IF YOU SAW ANY STAR WARS ARTIFACTS THAT THE PUBLIC DOESN'T NORMALLY GET TO SEE.
STEVE: I suppose I must have seen plenty, since the public generally
doesn't get to go to the Ranch in big numbers. They have a lot of the original SW's toys,
really nice artwork on the walls -- posters, paintings, etc., and the Skywalker Ranch fire
engine, a working vehicle used by their own fire department. Among other things...
IMPERIALS: HE KNOWS MORE THAN HE'S TELLING. HIT HIM WITH THE TORTURE
DROID TO MAKE HIM TALK.
IMPERIALS: THAT'S MORE LIKE IT. NOW, VEHICLES CALLED SWOOPS AND THE
OUTRIDER APPEARED IN SOTE. WERE THESE YOUR CREATIONS? ALSO, WE KNOW THAT THEY WILL BOTH BE
APPEARING IN STAR WARS SPECIAL EDITION IN FEB. 1997. HOW DOES IT FEEL KNOWING THINGS
YOU'VE INTRODUCED IN WRITING WILL BE APPEARING ON THE BIG SCREEN?
STEVE: I sort of co-created the OUTRIDER -- Jon Knoles came up with
the name, as I recall, and he had some pretty spiffy artwork that I used as a basis.
Didn't invent the swoops, those I got from a stack of research material from Bill Smith at
West End Games. It feels pretty good to think it'll show up in the new footage.(Editor's
note-we later found out Brian Daley created the Swoops in his Han Solo Books)
IMPERIALS: SOTE WAS A MAJOR MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION. DID ALL OF THE
TIE-INS RESTRICT YOUR STORYTELLING ABILITY IN ANY WAY?
STEVE: Not really. Since we hammered the story out at a conference
and tried to keep everybody reasonably happy BEFORE I did the outline, there weren't a lot
of restrictions after I turned it in. A few notes from various people as to story points,
but there are always such things, and none of them were biggies. All the people I worked
with or talked to were professionals and sharp. No problems.
IMPERIALS: YOU ARE THE FIRST STAR WARS AUTHOR TO BE ABLE TO WRITE
ABOUT DARTH VADER (AND MAY WE ADD, HE WAS NOT PLEASED!!). WERE YOU GIVEN ENOUGH FREEDOM TO
WORK WITH SUCH AN ESTABLISHED CHARACTER?
STEVE: I was given carte blanche to do Darth. I wanted to keep him
true to the movies, so I tried very much to do that, but I also wanted to give him some
depth. He had a ways to go to get from where he was trying to hack Luke to pieces to where
he gave his life to save his son from the Emperor. Basically, I answered the questions I
had about why Darth acted as he did.
IMPERIALS: WE IMPERIALS PARTICULARY LIKE THE FLAT TOP YOU GAVE THE
WOOKIEE, CHEWBACCA. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GIVE HIM SUCH A RIDICULOUS HAIRCUT?
STEVE: Simple. You give somebody a weird 'do, that's what people
notice, and not the face. I could hardly disguise Chewy enough so nobody would know he was
a Wookiee, but I could make him look like a DIFFERENT Wookiee.
IMPERIALS: DAVE WOLVERTON TOLD US THAT IN THE COURTSHIP OF PRINCESS
LEIA, LUCASFILM ASKED HIM NOT TO HAVE CHEWBACCA CRACK A COUPLE OF JOKES IN THE STORY
(WHICH SEEMS ODD TO US IN LIGHT OF THE FLAT TOP AND "LAUGH IT UP, FUZZBALL").
WAS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WERE ASKED TO CHANGE OR LEAVE OUT?
STEVE: I wanted to have Luke and Lando stop at the SW's equivalent
of a gas station to use the phone, but nobody thought that was funny except me. At first,
everybody was leery of having droids fly the FALCON, didn't want to do it, but I begged
them to let me try and toss it if they didn't like it. They decided they liked it.
IMPERIALS: SOME SW FANS ARE FANATICAL ABOUT CONTINUITY (WE CALL THEM
CONTINUITY STORMTROOPERS). HAVE THEY BEEN A PROBLEM TO DEAL WITH SINCE YOUR BOOK WAS SUCH
A VITAL LINK BETWEEN THE TWO FILMS?
STEVE: No major ones anybody has pointed out to me. A couple of
minor things have been thrown at me, but I mostly can give good reasons why I did what I
IMPERIALS: LUCASFILM HAS ALWAYS BEEN FINDING BIGGER AND BETTER WAYS
TO IMPRESS ITS AUDIENCES (WITH GRAND STORIES, ILM, THX, ETC.) NOW THAT IT SEEMS WE HAVE
SEEN EVERYTHING POSSIBLY IMAGINABLE ON THE BIG SCREEN, WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO IMPRESS YOU
AND AUDIENCES WITH THE NEW TRILOGY?
STEVE: Oh, I'm expecting to be impressed. The new movies will be
state-of-the-art. --ILM IS state-of-the-art and they got stuff you wouldn't believe.
IMPERIALS: EVERYBODY HAS BEEN SPECULATING ABOUT WHAT WILL BE IN THE
FIRST TRILOGY COMING UP IN A FEW YEARS. WE WOULD LIKE TO FLASH FORWARD AND SPECULATE ABOUT
THE LAST OF THE THREE TRILOGIES LUCAS SPOKE OF DOING (AFTER RETURN OF THE JEDI). IN YOUR
OPINION, AS A WRITER, WHAT COULD THEY POSSIBLY BE ABOUT WHICH HASN'T BEEN COVERED IN THE
STEVE: Well. I wouldn't want to speculate TOO specifically because I
might be writing one of those, who knows? Still, I can think of ten or twelve thousand
things right off the bat. Here's one: Jump a hundred years ahead and have the
great-grandchildren running things, peaceful, serene. Then have the Star Wars galaxy
invaded by beings from an alternate universe, and all of the invaders are Dark Jedi. Maybe
they all even look like Vader. Interesting image, hey?
IMPERIALS: WHAT NON-STAR WARS STORIES BY YOU OR OTHER AUTHORS WOULD
YOU RECOMMEND TO FANS OF STAR WARS?
STEVE: I should push my own stuff here. If you like Star Wars, you
might like my Matador Universe. Got a lot more sex and violence in it, but the books move
right along. My most recent novel, THE TRINITY VECTOR is just out from Ace. Got a lot of
action, sex and violence in it, too..
IMPERIALS: WHO WOULD WIN IN AN ARM WRESTLING MATCH BETWEEN YOU AND
GRAND MOFF TARKIN? (WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE ANSWERING!)
STEVE: Given that Tarkin is pretty much dead, unless I'm missing
something, I'd have to say me. (Even when he was alive, he was pretty much a pencil neck
anyhow. I can benchpress my word processor, at the very least...)
IMPERIALS: WHAT?!! TARKIN DEAD?!?!! YOU REBEL SCUM! WE FIND YOUR
LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING!!! TEACH HIM A LESSON!!!
Following this interview, Steve Perry was frozen in carbonite and
handed over to the Bounty Hunters. We wish him all the luck in his future ventures. Long