Science Fiction

Star Wars: A Fair Trade

Author: Paul S. Kemp

Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            As many Star Wars Insider Magazine fans already know, the magazine used to contain an original fiction section with stories that would sometimes last as long as two or three issues.  I really enjoyed those stories and was sad to see them go.  When the Insider announced that short fiction would be returning to the magazine, I was stoked.  Unfortunately, the quality of these tales have been somewhat of a mixed bag.  The latest tale, Star Wars: A Fair Trade by Paul S. Kemp, tells the tale behind the starship Junker and its crew.

            As we come upon Khedryn Faal and his partner, Marr Idi-Shael, they are about to collect their salvage.  Coming upon an abandoned ship some time ago, they had experienced difficulties with their tractor beam and had been unable to tow the abandoned spacecraft home.  Stooping off at Fhost to get the tractor beam fixed, Khedryn Faal made the mistake of drinking too much at a local cantina.  When Khedryn drinks, Khedryn talks and soon numerous members of the Fhost underworld had heard of Khedryn’s claim.  Just as the pair are about to collect, they are attacked by Reegas, leader of a criminal syndicate on Fhost and enemy of Khedryn Faal.  Will Reegas collect on Khedryn’s claim, or do Khedryn and Marr still have a few tricks up their sleeve?

            Star Wars: A Fair Trade offers up the back story of the ship and crew featured in the novel Star Wars: Crosscurrent.  The story was a decent and interesting read, featuring a main character that knows how to think outside of the box and on the fly.  The partnership of Khedryn and Marr reminds me of that of Han and Chewie, but not so much that they become carbon copies of each other.

            Over the past few months, the stories in the Insider are starting to take a turn for the better.  I enjoyed the tale of how Khedryn Faal and Marr Idi-Shael came to be in possession of Junker.  The story was enough to inspire me to want to read Crosscurrent for further adventures of the pair. 


For more short stories found in Star Wars Insider Magazine, check out these links:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff

Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Third Lesson

Star Wars: The Fate of the Jedi: First Blood

Star Wars: Buyer's Market

Star Wars: And Leebo Makes Three

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