Tosche Station Radio #19: Snark-to-Snark Combat With Aaron Allston


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On this week’s episode of Tosche Station Radio, Nanci and Brian sit down to interview the Expanded Universe’s most prolific author, Aaron Allston!

Kicking off the show, the hosts discuss what’s new on the blog, Shane kicked off our summer X-Wing retrospective with his retro review of Rogue Squadron. Brian was at Origins and posted a whole bunch of coverage from panels featuring Mike Stackpole, Aaron Allston, and Tim Zahn. Nanci posted the first of her new column series that aims to offer geeky (and snarky) advice about love, life, and fandom.

In Fixer’s Flash, Nanci says she recorded an episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films about women in Star Wars. Look for that to go live soon. She also went to see Snow White and the Huntsmen. Verdict? An overwhelming “meh.” The third round of Star Wars Weekends took place and Nanci was once again on hand, meeting author Jason Fry and Erich from Del Rey. Brian, as mentioned, was at Origins over the weekend, but he’s holding off on talking about that until next week.

Deak’s Dirt covers everything from the Les Miserables trailer to E3 news. Kathleen Kennedy is the new Lucasfilm co-chair as George Lucas transitions away from the company. Star Wars 1313 turns out to be a new video game franchise from Lucasarts. A host of Celebration VI guests were announced including Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Jake Lloyd. Finally in sad news, legendary science fiction presence Ray Bradbury passed away. Go pick up a copy of The Martian Chronicles to celebrate the life of a genre giant.

This week’s Camie’s Concerns is one the hosts are excited about. Nanci and Brian interview the Expanded Universe’s most prolific author, Aaron Allston. We ask him about his work in with the X-Wing novels as well as his more recent works in Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi. The hosts also ask him the questions you readers and listeners sent in. Let’s just say you should strap in and prepare for funny.

Rounding out the show in Wormie’s Works, Nanci recommends a piece of long-form fanfiction and Brian links to a marching band performing one of his favorite pieces of the Star Wars film scores. Yes. Really.

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10 thoughts on “Tosche Station Radio #19: Snark-to-Snark Combat With Aaron Allston

  1. Nitpick/background information: that's technically not a marching band but rather a drum corps. One difference is that marching bands tend to be associated with academic institutions while drum corps are generally independent. Also, corps only use brass instruments and percussion - unlike the more free-form instrumentations found in many marching bands. Each corps spends the entire summer cleaning (i.e., perfecting details) and performing one 10-minute-ish show at competitions across the country. (This rather intense schedule and approach places most of them at the top of the performance level in the marching arts.) That particular corps (the Blue Devils) has won at finals 14 times, which, if I recall correctly, makes them the winningest group in DCI. They used Across the Stars as a warmup piece. (I think they did SW-themed brass warmups each of the years there was a new prequel out.)

    • I'm aware, yes, I was with a high school corps style band and followed DCI closely during those years. Average person, however, doesn't know what a drum corps is and we were up against the clock on time so I couldn't go into what distinguishes the two. The term marching band gives them a rough idea of what to think of.

  2. Wonderful podcast and interview. I hope that Aaron will be instrumental in shaping the future of SWEU from FOTJ. I am happy that he wants to explore the unknown and not just work to Legacy. Say what you will about Denning and Apocalypse, he left the universe wide open to be explored for years to come and that is going to be fun! Thanks for asking my question.

    • It was a good question and I was pleased by his answer to it! I know a lot of fans want connections to Legacy, but there's still 90 years for new, exciting things to happen.

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