18 June 2006

Timothy Zahn a conservative??

Look at this:
[Thrawn:] "Tell me, do you understand the concept of neutralizing a potential enemy before that enemy can launch an attack against you?"

"You mean like a preemptive strike?" Car'das asked. "Certainly."

"It's widespread among your people, then?"

"I'm not sure widespread is the right word," Car'das hedged. "I know there are people who consider it immoral."

"Do you?"

Car'das grimaced. He was twenty-three years old, and he worked for a smuggler who liked to tweak Hutts. What did he know about the universe? "I think that if you're going to do something like that, you need to make very sure they're a genuine threat," he said slowly. "I mean, you need to have evidence that they were actually planning to attack you."

"What about someone who may not plan to attack you personally, but is constantly attacking others?"

It was pretty obvious where this was going. "You mean like the Vagaari?" Car'das asked.

"Exactly," Thrawn confirmed. "As I told you, they have not yet attacked Chiss territory, and military doctrine dictates they must therefore be ignored. Do the beings they prey on have any claim on our military strength, or must we simply stand aside and watch as they are slaughtered or enslaved?"
You know, I didn't think Grand Admiral Thrawn could get any sexier, but I was wrong.

And later:
Thrass shook his head and went back to the door. There he stopped, his hand over the control. "Has it ever occurred to you," he said, not turning around, "that attacks like yours might actually provoke beings like the Vagaari to move against us? That if we simply left them alone, they might never become any threat to the Ascendancy at all?"

"No, I've never had any such thoughts," Thrawn replied evenly.
Because Thrawn knows better. He's seen the ruthlessness of the Vagaari, and he knows that they will indeed attack the Chiss as soon as they feel themselves in a position to do so. He understands that he must move against them before they gather enough strength to harm his people. Not to mention that he feels ethically obligated to stop them from enslaving and murdering other sentient beings.

I think it may be safe to assume that Mr. Zahn, like the uber-sexy Dafydd ab Hugh, is a conservative.

(Ok, so Thrawn is technically a bad guy. But he is also a very sympathetic bad guy, who is well-loved by SW fans. I can't imagine Zahn not liking Thrawn as much as we do.)

On a marginally related note, I don't think I would work for someone who likes to tweak Hutts. Those things are hermaphroditic and...

You know what? Let's not go there.


Anonymous HayZeus said...

If Zahn wasn't in love with Thrawn he wouldn't have brought him back after his supposed death in book three. Quod erat demonstratum.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Actually, this one's set before the Thrawn trilogy - before even the Clone Wars. It features Thrawn as a young commander in the Chiss Ascendancy.

I'm afraid the Grand Admiral is still dead.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous HayZeus said...

Yes, yes, it's a prequel and therefore it's not supposed to count. If the whole Hand of Thrawn thing had amounted to something more than a Thrawn lite rehash I'd easily concede the point but since he can't seem to center his Star Wars novels (which are far better than most of the SW dreck out there, including at least 2/3 of the prequels) around anything other character I don't think I'm being unreasonable. ;)

2:35 PM  

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