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Operation Ark's mission plan Apr 2009
A comparative look at the BC(P) vs BC(L) Apr 2009
Where is the RMMC boot camp located? Apr 2009
Do you plan ahead for which characters die? Apr 2009
Elizabeth III is <em>not </em>an irrational nut-job Apr 2009
Order of Battle: Third Clash - The Great Visit Reserve Apr 2009
Wealth and opportunities in the Solarian League Apr 2009
More on the Keyhole platforms Mar 2009
How much has the Maya Sector's military capability improved? Mar 2009
The Mesan Spider Drive Mar 2009


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Do you plan ahead for which characters die?

  • Series: General
  • Date: June 01, 2009

    I know from the moment that I introduce them that some characters are going to die. Paul Tankersley was a case in point in the Honorverse, as was the original Sean MacIntyre in Mutineers' Moon, or Raoul Courvosier. Others end up dying (or living, against original plans) because of something the story demands. And some of them end up dying because I write military fiction and in military fiction, good people die as well as bad people. Military fiction in which only bad people -- the ones the readers want to die -- die and the heroes don't suffer agonizing personal losses isn't military fiction: it's military pornography. Someone who write military fiction has a responsibility to show the human cost, particular because so few of his readers may have any personal experience with that cost. In answer to your specific questions, I knew that one of the middies was going to be killed in the confrontation with the Jessyk Combine ship. The fact that Ragnhild wound up as Terekhov's personal shuttle pilot made it her. And in AAC, it was actually Honor who was supposed to die and McKeon who was supposed to arrive too late to save her. Due to some things which happened when Eric and I started collaborating, elements I had planned for a post-Honor Honorverse (if that makes sense) got pulled forward considerably in time. As a result, there wasn't time for me to have Honor's child mature to a point of dealing with the new generation of problems. I won't pretend that I was heartbroken to not killer her after all, since it had never been something I'd looked forward to, but that was the original game plan.