Went to a book signing of the BEST STAR WARS AUTHOR EVER * PICS + Video* (56K :nono:)

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  1. Der SchattenJager

    Der SchattenJager Kupo, asshat.

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    Yeah, I went to a book signing Thursday at Books & Company in Dayton for the best Star Wars author ever, Timothy Zahn. It was the shit.

    We got there at 6:30, and the dais was already filled with people, so we got our numbers for the signing, and went to get some copies of his books. He was doing this for his new book, Survivor's Quest, which just came out, but I also picked up his original trilogy, Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command.

    For those of you who don't follow Star Wars, or the extended universe, he was the first author given permission from Lucas to write books that took place after Return of the Jedi. He wrote the trilogy listed aboved, also called the "Thrawn Trilogy" in 1991, inventing such popular characters as Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Talon Karrde, that, after over 100 novels and comics, are still being used by many Star Wars authors.

    He also invented the planet Coruscant, and used it in his books long before it became a household name and incorporated into the movies.

    Anyway, We got our books, and found some seats, and waited for him to come out. After a few minutes, an employee of the store introduced him, and he came out with a stormtrooper "entourage", that consisted of 3 stormtroopers, 2 scout troopers, and was headed by 2 Imperial royal guards.

    Here's the video of his entrance:
    http://www.pamelacoburn.com/images/schatten/Zahn2.avi

    He gives a 30-40 minute speech, which was really interesting, talking about how he got started as a writer, how he got on board with the Star Wars novels, and other stuff, then held a questions and answers session.

    For the most part, the questions were pretty lame, but someone asked him this: "First, I'd just like to say I'm a huge Mara Jade fan. Is she based on someone real in your life? And second, do you take ownership over your characters, and how do you feel about other author's portrayal of them?"

    His answer was "I wish, and I wish." :rofl: He elaborated in saying that his characters, like all characters created by Star Wars authors, are owned by Lucasfilm. He also said: "There are times, and I'm not going to name any names, when I read an author's portrayal, I just have to go 'UGGH!', or something to that affect." :rofl:

    His less-than-attractive audience:
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    Zahn starting his speech
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    Zahn's guards:
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    They then had a raffle, in which you could win t-shirts and figurines (my g/f won a podracer ornament), and they had an auction for a large cardboard poster of the cover of Survivor's Quest, that was to be signed by Zahn.

    Winner of the poster:
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    Zahn signing the poster:
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    After the speech and raffle was over, the signing began, but since we had a high number, we had to wait a while, so we took pictures of the stormtroopers as they were doing photo ops.

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    When it was getting close to our turn to get our stuff signed, we went back to the dais. Eventually our numbers were called, and he signed our stuff. He signed all 4 of my books on the title pages, and signed Survivor's Quest and Heir to the Empire on the covers as well.

    Zahn signing:
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    A good time had by all. I've been a HUGE fan of his books. He's hands-down the best Star Wars writer out there, and there are a lot of good ones.

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  2. McTool

    McTool Room 3 :bowdown:

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    is he wearing a calculator watch??
     
  3. Der SchattenJager

    Der SchattenJager Kupo, asshat.

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    Looks like it :big grin:
     
  4. DefconRock

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    looks cool

    get any episode III info out of him?
     
  5. moon cricket

    moon cricket mia, i'm a cop

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    That video is so embarassing I can barely watch it....

    :big grin:

    but still cool
     
  7. Der SchattenJager

    Der SchattenJager Kupo, asshat.

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    No, but I found out he's writing a book about the Outbound Flight Project that was mentioned in the Thrawn trilogy.

    Looking forward to that.
     
  8. MadMike

    MadMike YARR OT Supporter

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    Whatever floats your boat dude.

    *backs away*
     
  9. ATlasIAm

    ATlasIAm peace will never exist in the world...but it's a n

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    did lucas write the first six?
     
  10. Der SchattenJager

    Der SchattenJager Kupo, asshat.

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    Yeah, it really is pretty nerdy, but be that as it may, I'd love to have a stormtrooper escort everywhere I went :big grin:
     
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    haha yea its nerdy as hell.

    but thats ok :bigthumb:
     
  12. DefBringer

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    No, he did not.

    he wrote Star Wars, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

    Empire Strikes Back was written by Lawrence Kasdan who is an infinitely better writer than Lucas or Zahn will ever be.
     
  13. Der SchattenJager

    Der SchattenJager Kupo, asshat.

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    Well, Lucas wrote the story for all the movies, but the film adaptations were written by other people.
     
  14. Der SchattenJager

    Der SchattenJager Kupo, asshat.

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    Count Grishnackh Three weeds from the same root

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    I have the trilogy sitting in my nightstand, just never got around to reading them. I read the first four chapters or so of the first one, then got Moneyball.
     
  17. Der SchattenJager

    Der SchattenJager Kupo, asshat.

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    Read them. They're incredible books. Out of the eleventy-billion Star Wars novels out there, those 3 are the only ones that really retained the "feeling" of the original movies.

    Definitely worth reading, even if you're not into Star Wars.
     
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    Mara Jade is HAWT
     
  19. Jaron95

    Jaron95 "Gattai" dattou?!

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    :rofl: @ the fat ass scout trooper!! :rofl:!
     
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    Jaron95 "Gattai" dattou?!

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  21. Jago

    Jago It helps if you hit it.

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    i was hoping you would say timothy zahn before i clicked on the thread. :o
     
  22. Der SchattenJager

    Der SchattenJager Kupo, asshat.

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    One of those storm troopers needs to do some situps. :ugh: :rofl:
     
  24. Jago

    Jago It helps if you hit it.

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    that scout trooper ate the other half of the red guard. :eek:
     
  25. Kenji-Boi

    Kenji-Boi Dirty Electro House make me happy in pants...

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    that is actually in real life really cool.

    But those pics etc. are fucking hilarious :rofl:
     

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