Suvudu has a Q&A with John Jackson Miller, the author of Star Wars: A New Dawn, in which Miller responds to questions that the Star Wars Books Facebook page solicited at the beginning of October. Here's a taste of the Q&A:
Benjamin Hart Since Gorse/Cynda is a new system, how much info about them did you have ahead of time to go by, and how much freedom did you have to develop those planets?You can read the rest of Q&A here.
John Jackson Miller: I had full freedom to develop the system, and I spent quite a lot of time developing it beforehand. I thought a lot about the geology of both worlds and their orbital dynamics; I studied literature on the gravitational dynamics between moons and their parent planets. Star Wars is space opera and not hard science fiction, but I try to keep things plausible. I even called up the friend I used to publish a SF fanzine with in high school to bounce around some of the what-ifs that later come up in Lieutenant Deltic’s scenes; that was a fun discussion.
Then for the worlds themselves, I had a good idea of their geography (or internal geography, in Cynda’s case). Cynda was a sort of place I had wanted to write about for a long time, someplace resembling the Cueva de los Cristales in Mexico; Gorse, meanwhile, was fun in its perpetual darkness. That’s one of the little jokes of the book, that “dawn” on Gorse is impossible and would be deadly to boot.
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