: Welcome back, readers, to the next story, which so far has only a couple of riffs on what’s probably the greatest movie ever made, but they’re lurking.
: *confused look* I thought this entire book was about Star Wars?
…I kid, I kid.
: Yeah, but only a little.
To spell it out, the full title of this story is “Play It Again, Figrin D’an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe,” that first part being adapted from one of the greatest lines never actually spoken in the movies.
Nobody ever says “Play it again, Sam.” The actual line is, first, “Play it once, Sam. For old time’s sake…Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By,'” and later, “you played it for her, and you can play it for me…if she can stand it, I can. Play it!”
As spoken by Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Berman) and then Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), both to Sam (Dooley Wilson) in Casablanca. Which, well. I don’t want to say it’s a better movie than Star Wars but I sure don’t want to say it’s a worse one.
In other news, you know how we’ve discussed the West End Games Star Wars RPG a few times before? Well…
I’ll probably buy this as a historical document more than anything else. But I’ll buy it.
Before we begin, one other thing. As I alluded to last week, A.C. Crispin was a damn legend in the field of SF writers, and even more so for media tie-in writers. She wrote some of the most famous Star Trek original novels (and wrote the first one to make the NYT bestseller list), her Han Solo Trilogy is definitely getting the chapter-by-chapter treatment here eventually (it’s the good stuff), she was at one point the VP of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and she cofounded SFWA’s “Writer Beware” project, which looks out for and educates writers about scam editors, agents, and publishers.
In 2013, a few months before her death due to cancer (at age 63), she was named the first female Grandmaster of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers; one year after Kevin J. Anderson (well, nobody’s perfect), but one year before Diane Duane and three years before Tim Zahn.
So with that in mind…