If The Truth Were Known...
No matter where you're from, everyone can celebrate today's pilgrim-themed holiday by checking out Wing Commander Pilgrim Truth. Author Peter Telep was originally charged with writing three novels to run along with the Wing Commander Movie's release. The Movie Novelization and its sequel, Pilgrim Stars, were both released in 1999, but the conclusion to this trilogy was cancelled by HarperCollins prior to publication. Fortunately, the book finally became available to Wingnuts in 2011 after more than a decade of effort to get it to see the light of day. It can be read online here at the CIC or downloaded as a mobi (Kindle) or epub (other)!
When I was first hired to adapt the Wing Commander screenplay into a novel, I was thrilled and frightened out of my mind. I knew there was a huge fan base, and I knew that some well-respected novels had already been written and published. I also realized after reading the screenplay that Chris Roberts was making changes to his own universe, and I was wary of how fans might react to those... so what did I do? I went straight to those same fans and asked for help. The guys at WCNews and others provided me lots of great research, insight, and suggestions for what I could do with the book, and between them, the screenplay, and my own imagination, I think we created something that bridged the gap between the film universe and the known and beloved WC universe of the games and previous novels. It was no easy task, trust me. Despite the film's reception, I was quite proud of how the books were received and am still getting fan mail to this day asking for that unpublished final novel, Pilgrim Truth. That it's been ten years and fans are still hungry for more WC is a testament to the quality of the work that's been produced over the years, and I can only tip my hat to every other artisan who came before me and helped pave the way. I'm very proud to be associated with Wing Commander and truly loved the experience! ...Thanks to EA and Peter Telep for making this possible - and NinjaLA and Starman for working out the electronic formats!
-Peter Telep (August, 2009)
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