"It is unwise to lower your defenses!"Mith wrote:Not saying you should brag--but seriously, start rubbing noses in it. :p
Over a decade ago, Curtis Saxton and his associates finally had an unprecedented opportunity to inject their beliefs in a children's book and thus make Star Wars out to be more powerful than Star Trek in what they thought to be an official, canon work. The fact that they made Star Wars utterly ridiculous and totally inconsistent as a result didn't even faze them . . . it still doesn't, in fact.
They thought they had executed a perfect coup . . . after all, people could only complain about unsportsmanlike conduct, right? But they were wrong, because that work wasn't part of the 'real' Lucas Star Wars canon, as was deduced around the same time both by yours truly and by hardcore Star Wars chronologists. In the years since, additional quotes from Lucas and others irrevocably solidified this view.
So, they failed. And it was quite maddening given how it came on what, to their mind, was the cusp of victory, or even after the initial appearance of victory. Even their EU itself soon came to mock them, what with millions of clones and a chain reaction Death Star, not to mention further unanticipated Lucas work on The Clone Wars later on.
Their poor behavior in the following years put the nails in the coffin of their view in the popular arena, what with harassment of Star Wars authors and luminaries such as Karen Traviss, Pablo Hidalgo, and others.
However, in recent years, they've been working to create a kinder, gentler inflationism. Leading this has been Brian Young, who was once as full of furious bluster but now, rather boldly, portrays himself a fragile gentleman fighting for truth against implacable fanatics. Other details contribute to this rebranding, such as the disappearance of Mike Wong from the field and the general quiet from the prime members of his inflationist haven, the StarDestroyer.Net forums.
This attempt to remake and rebrand Star Wars inflationism could very well result in another moment wherein, by hook or by crook, one of them manages to get a word or few in on some ancillary material, or maybe even author it. Recall that for the Episode III ICS they evidently couldn't put gigaton figures everywhere, and so tried to cleverly hide them in among dull boring sentences that probably struck most readers as rather senseless, but were veritable dog-whistles to number-crunchy people.
Now that it is at least ostensibly all canon, and considering that there is generally not very much interest in technological consistency amongst story-focused people as one might commonly expect to find in a "Story Group", it is entirely possible that the day may come when we find ourselves confronted with another ICS moment.
And this time, the bomb won't be so easy to defuse.