History Literature / WingCommander

15th Mar '18 1:41:25 PM Koveras
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Once upon a time, there was a Space FlightSim VideoGame called ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', by Chris Roberts (''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'', ''VideoGame/StarCitizen'') and Origin Systems (''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}''). It had relatively arcade-ish qualities, but also featured a fairly in-depth plot and a real sense of consequence due to persistent NPC deaths and StoryBranching. It caught on, spawning five distinct sequels, three {{Gaiden Game}}s, a number of {{Expansion Pack}}s, a [[WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy Saturday-morning cartoon]] and even a [[Film/WingCommander live-action movie]]. All that was left... were books.

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Once upon a time, there was a Space FlightSim VideoGame called ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', by Chris Roberts (''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'', ''VideoGame/StarCitizen'') and Origin Systems Creator/OriginSystems (''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}''). It had relatively arcade-ish qualities, but also featured a fairly in-depth plot and a real sense of consequence due to persistent NPC deaths and StoryBranching. It caught on, spawning five distinct sequels, three {{Gaiden Game}}s, a number of {{Expansion Pack}}s, a [[WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy Saturday-morning cartoon]] and even a [[Film/WingCommander live-action movie]]. All that was left... were books.
22nd Oct '17 1:27:37 PM glasswalker
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Geoffrey Tolwyn. The reader is given a much clearer view into his motivations and CharacterDevelopment, and he is essentially the BigGood of ''End Run'' and ''Fleet Action''.
20th May '17 12:18:21 PM nombretomado
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Once upon a time, there was a Space FlightSim VideoGame called ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', by Chris Roberts (''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'', ''VideoGame/StarCitizen'') and Origin Systems (''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}''). It had relatively arcade-ish qualities, but also featured a fairly in-depth plot and a real sense of consequence due to persistent NPC deaths and StoryBranching. It caught on, spawning five distinct sequels, three {{Gaiden Game}}s, a number of {{Expansion Pack}}s, a [[WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy Saturday-morning cartoon]] and even a [[Film/WingCommander live-action movie]]. All that was left... were books.

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Once upon a time, there was a Space FlightSim VideoGame called ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', by Chris Roberts (''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'', ''VideoGame/StarCitizen'') and Origin Systems (''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'', (''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}''). It had relatively arcade-ish qualities, but also featured a fairly in-depth plot and a real sense of consequence due to persistent NPC deaths and StoryBranching. It caught on, spawning five distinct sequels, three {{Gaiden Game}}s, a number of {{Expansion Pack}}s, a [[WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy Saturday-morning cartoon]] and even a [[Film/WingCommander live-action movie]]. All that was left... were books.
8th Mar '17 6:17:21 PM nombretomado
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* '''Freedom Flight''' by author MercedesLackey and Origin employee Ellen Guon, is a POVSequel to the ''Wing1'' ExpansionPack "Secret Missions 2: Crusade," in which the Confederation was called upon to defend the planet Firekka, which the Kilrathi have occupied for use in a religious ritual involving the mass sacrifice of lots and lots of slaves. While players fly the missions, the novel focuses on the ground resistance through four SwitchingPOV characters: {{Non Player Character}}s James "Paladin" Taggart and Ian "Hunter" St. John; Kirha, a Kilrathi servant to DefectorFromDecadence Ralgha ''nar'' Hhallas; and K'Kai, a Firekkan native.

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* '''Freedom Flight''' by author MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey and Origin employee Ellen Guon, is a POVSequel to the ''Wing1'' ExpansionPack "Secret Missions 2: Crusade," in which the Confederation was called upon to defend the planet Firekka, which the Kilrathi have occupied for use in a religious ritual involving the mass sacrifice of lots and lots of slaves. While players fly the missions, the novel focuses on the ground resistance through four SwitchingPOV characters: {{Non Player Character}}s James "Paladin" Taggart and Ian "Hunter" St. John; Kirha, a Kilrathi servant to DefectorFromDecadence Ralgha ''nar'' Hhallas; and K'Kai, a Firekkan native.
12th Nov '16 5:54:53 PM nombretomado
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** In the novels, a few references indicate that they take certain movie stars to have been the people they portrayed in their films (one character was confused at how JohnWayne seemed to have served in multiple jobs) although there is some confusion about why the "historical evidence" (movies) is so self-contradictory.

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** In the novels, a few references indicate that they take certain movie stars to have been the people they portrayed in their films (one character was confused at how JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne seemed to have served in multiple jobs) although there is some confusion about why the "historical evidence" (movies) is so self-contradictory.
9th Jul '15 7:03:08 PM Bissek
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* HideousHangoverCure: In ''Freedom Flight'', Hunter spends an evening at a bar drinking large quantities of potent Firekkan liquor. When his leave gets cut short, the doctor on the Claw gives him a much-feared clinical treatment known to pilots as 'The Green Goop'.
16th May '15 3:02:37 AM TheUnsquished
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* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt: ''End Run'' features an escort carrier making a raid BehindEnemyLines in the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] home system of Kilrah that uses a gravity slingshot around a gas giant in the system to make an escape after sustaining significant damage during the raid. However, the configuration of the system and the nature of [[PortalNetwork FTL travel]] in the ''Wing Commander'' universe means that the only escape path using that slingshot is a string of single-exit star systems before making it to a Confed-held system.

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* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt: ''End Run'' features an escort carrier making a raid BehindEnemyLines behind enemy lines in the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] home system of Kilrah that uses a gravity slingshot around a gas giant in the system to make an escape after sustaining significant damage during the raid. However, the configuration of the system and the nature of [[PortalNetwork FTL travel]] in the ''Wing Commander'' universe means that the only escape path using that slingshot is a string of single-exit star systems before making it to a Confed-held system.
1st May '15 7:00:09 PM nombretomado
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** In a probable nod to ''Film/EnemyMine'', the Kilrathi think BugsBunny is some kind of important figure, and sometimes insult him in an attempt to taunt human pilots, much to the amusement of the humans. According to Bear, Hobbes was heartbroken when informed of the unintended humor.

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** In a probable nod to ''Film/EnemyMine'', the Kilrathi think BugsBunny WesternAnimation/BugsBunny is some kind of important figure, and sometimes insult him in an attempt to taunt human pilots, much to the amusement of the humans. According to Bear, Hobbes was heartbroken when informed of the unintended humor.
27th Oct '14 11:20:18 AM Nohbody
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* '''False Colors''': co-written by Andrew Keith, though the cover mistakenly says "William H. Keith". An "interquel" between ''Heart of the Tiger'' and ''Price of Freedom'', this book details the adventures of Jason Bondarevsky, serving with the Free Republic of the Landreich, and his ship, now renamed the FLRS ''Independence'', to stop separate conspiracies by both humans ''and'' Kilrathi to restart the war. It was meant to be the beinning of a trilogy, but Keith's AuthorExistenceFailure brought an end to that.

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* '''False Colors''': co-written by Andrew Keith, though the cover mistakenly says "William H. Keith". An "interquel" between ''Heart of the Tiger'' and ''Price of Freedom'', this book details the adventures of Jason Bondarevsky, serving with the Free Republic of the Landreich, and his ship, now renamed the FLRS ''Independence'', to stop separate conspiracies by both humans ''and'' Kilrathi to restart the war. It was meant to be the beinning beginning of a trilogy, but Keith's AuthorExistenceFailure death brought an end to that.



* AuthorExistenceFailure: A planned sequel to ''False Colors'', helping to fill in some of the gap between that novel's events and the start of ''Wing Commander IV'', was canceled due to the death of co-author Andrew Keith in 1999.


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* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt: ''End Run'' features an escort carrier making a raid BehindEnemyLines in the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] home system of Kilrah that uses a gravity slingshot around a gas giant in the system to make an escape after sustaining significant damage during the raid. However, the configuration of the system and the nature of [[PortalNetwork FTL travel]] in the ''Wing Commander'' universe means that the only escape path using that slingshot is a string of single-exit star systems before making it to a Confed-held system.
19th Sep '14 9:00:59 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* '''End Run''' marked the beginning of WilliamRForstchen's dominance over the franchise's novels; ''every'' novel on this page is either authored or co-authored by him unless otherwise marked. It takes place in two parts. The first, "Milk Run," is written by Christopher Stasheff, detailing a recon mission to identify a Kilrathi cultural site. The second, "End Run," details a strike to destroy that site, causing the Kilrathi fleet to rush headlong into a trap. Jason "Bear" Bondarevsky, fresh from his introduction in "Secret Missions 1," is assigned to the TCS ''Tarawa'', which, while the Kilrathi are on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge over the desecrated site, travel to their home planet, Kilrah, and cause as much chaos as possible. The ''Tarawa'' will be "First To Kilrah," but since the ship is barely more than a heavy freighter with a flight deck stapled on, this is likely to be a OneWayTrip...

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* '''End Run''' marked the beginning of WilliamRForstchen's Creator/WilliamRForstchen's dominance over the franchise's novels; ''every'' novel on this page is either authored or co-authored by him unless otherwise marked. It takes place in two parts. The first, "Milk Run," is written by Christopher Stasheff, detailing a recon mission to identify a Kilrathi cultural site. The second, "End Run," details a strike to destroy that site, causing the Kilrathi fleet to rush headlong into a trap. Jason "Bear" Bondarevsky, fresh from his introduction in "Secret Missions 1," is assigned to the TCS ''Tarawa'', which, while the Kilrathi are on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge over the desecrated site, travel to their home planet, Kilrah, and cause as much chaos as possible. The ''Tarawa'' will be "First To Kilrah," but since the ship is barely more than a heavy freighter with a flight deck stapled on, this is likely to be a OneWayTrip...
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