The Round Rock author and former video game designer has just penned his ninth Star Wars serialization, Legacy of the Force: Fury.

What cachet does your role in the Star Wars franchise afford you in the realm of SF fandom?

Reader reactions fall into three categories: eyebrows go up, eyebrows go down, or eyes get big. The people who are definitely Star Wars fans, their eyes tend to get big, and there’s an “Ooh . . .” reaction. Which is pretty cool.

How daunting is it to be an architect—or at least a builder—of one of pop culture’s best-known epics?

There’s never been a time when I’ve said to myself, “This is too scary; I don’t want to do it.” But being a contributor to the Star Wars universe does come with a big sense of responsibility. The fans are very protective of the characters and the universe, and they’re vocal about it.

Is there any sign of interest waning?

Oh, hell no. There are two new Star Wars TV series coming out, one computer-animated and one live-action. Sherlock Holmes just turned 120 years old, and he’s as well-known as ever. I wouldn’t be surprised if Star Wars has those kind of legs. Del Rey, $7.99 (Read the full interview.)