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"Every time I brought Darth on-stage, I heard the voice. And the march music. Dum-dum..."
―Steve Perry[src]

Steve Perry is the author of the Shadows of the Empire book and, with Michael Reaves, the MedStar Duology, the short story MedStar: Intermezzo, and Death Star. He also wrote the script for the Shadows of the Empire: Evolution comic.

Perry is a member of various organizations, including: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; The Animation Guild, Local #839 (IATSE); Writers Guild of America, West; and the TriCounty Gun Club. He is a beginning student of the Indonesian martial art Penjak Silat, under Maha Guru Stevan Plinck, of Vancouver, Washington, and was a player in the largest guitar band ever assembled, according the Guinness Book of World Records.

He is a practitioner of the martial art Silat, on which he based Teräs Käsi.

BiographyEdit

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Steve Perry practicing Silat

Perry is a transplanted Louisiana bayou boy, who hails from Baton Rouge. Some things to know about the journeyman writer: before he started writing professionally, he worked for five years as a physician's assistant. He dropped out of col­lege at Louisiana State and moved to Cali­fornia to live as a hippie. As he neared 30, Perry thought he'd try writing in his spare time. In less than six months, he'd sold his first sci-fi story. "I was one of those people who said 'some day when I have time, I'll write,'" Perry recalls. "Then I realized I wasn't going to have time anymore. So I started writing on my lunch hour, Saturdays, late at night when everyone was asleep. I started writing short fiction first. Non-fic­tion for me was easier to do be­cause all you had to do was get the information down right and put it into some kind of co­herent man­ner and it was done. In fiction, I had to put it all together from scratch. It took more work."

He jumped into the grow­ing sci-fi pa­perback trade of the late 1970s. His first book, Tu-laremia Gam­bit, came out in 1981. Perry calls it, "A bug novel. It's about a nasty bacteria that kills every­body. It got some nice re­views but didn't sell all that well. But it got me going. From that point I haven't looked back."

Perry was busy with several different projects when he was called by Ban­tam senior editor Tom Dupree in late 1994. Dupree had been Perry's editor when he wrote the novelization to The Mask the year before. He wanted to know if Perry was interested in taking a crack at a Star Wars book. "I never thought about doing a Star Wars novel before, because I thought they'd be real hard to get and you'd have to know a whole bunch about the universe to write one," he says. "But Tom said, 'here's the deal, it's going to take place be­tween Empire and Return of the Jedi, and no one else has gotten to play in there.' I thought that was terrific, because I like the characters. It would be fun to do. I wouldn't have to know all the stuff that happened after Jedi. At this point, Darth and the Emperor are still alive. And I've got the usual gang, everyone except Han."

The job would be formidable, because the Shadows of the Empire project would cross over with many Lucasfilm licensees. Perry was told this right away. "Before I started working on the novel, I went to Skywalker Ranch," he says. "It was delightful, it's an amazing place. Someone said to me it looks like a giant Methodist Youth Camp, and it does. It's like a bunch of Victorian buildings in the middle of nowhere." This November 1994 meeting would lay the groundwork for the entire Lucasfilm Shadows publishing plan. "It was a lot of fun," Perry recalls. "I didn't meet George Lucas, but I did meet with the people who head up Lucasfilm Publishing. Howard Roffman, Lucy Wilson, Allan Kausch, and Sue Rostoni. Several of the artists were there. About 12 or 15 of us sat around a big conference table and talked about what we wanted to see in this book. They had come up with a one-page springboard. Just a general idea, some character names, and a feel for what they wanted to do."

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