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"Everyone thought being fleet logistics liaison (grade 4) on an Imperial Star Destroyer was a cushy job. But it took a lot of datawork to keep the crew of a massive ship like this fed and clothed and in fighting shape. Desk jobs in the Imperial Navy were no less stressful than combat ones."
―Excerpt from "The Sith of Datawork"[src]

"The Sith of Datawork" is a short story in the anthology From a Certain Point of View. The story was written by Ken Liu.[1]

Plot summaryEdit

Arvira, the fleet logistics liaision aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer Devastator, is approached by gunnery captain Bolvan, in need of assistance. The Devastator has recently captured a Rebel ship, the Tantive IV, in search of the stolen Death Star plans. Despite Darth Vader's orders to "tear the ship apart", the plans have not been found.

Bolvan, however, saw an escape pod launch from the ship, and ordered his subordinates not to fire, for two reasons: one, he would have to fill out paperwork explaining why he fired at an escape pod, for the purposes of appeasing the Imperial Senate; and two, recent regulations tying gunnery officers' promotions to their number of kills. It's dawned on him that the plans are likely in that escape pod, and he's come for Arvira's help because he doesn't want to get in trouble for not realizing this earlier. Arvira gives Bolvan several forms to fill out in order to cover up the gunnery officer's late revelation, in exchange for some later favors.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 TwitterLogo @kyliu99 (Ken Liu) on Twitter "So, if you know anything about me, it's that I adore the secret life of bureaucrats and Star Wars. #FromACertainPOV http://randomhousebooks.com/FromACertainPOV"
  2. TwitterLogo @christrevas (Chris Trevas‏) on Twitter "What a great book to be a part of! #FromACertainPOV"
  3. 3.0 3.1 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View Anthology Book Celebrates 40 Years of a Galaxy Far, Far Away on StarWars.com