Timothy Zahn

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Timothy Zahn
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Zahn at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1951-09-01) September 1, 1951 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Author
Residence Bandon, Oregon [1]
Genre Science fiction, fantasy

Timothy Zahn (born September 1, 1951) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy. He is known for the Thrawn series of Star Wars novels, and has published several other series of science fiction and fantasy novels, in addition to much short fiction.

Science fiction genre of fiction

Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a "literature of ideas".

Fantasy genre of literature, film, television and other artforms

Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became literature and drama. From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels and video games.

The Thrawn trilogy, also known as the Heir to the Empire trilogy, is a series of science fiction novels written by Timothy Zahn. They are set in the Star Wars expanded universe approximately five years after the events depicted in the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi. The series introduced several notable characters, including Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the more notable villains in the expanded universe. The Thrawn trilogy was followed by The Hand of Thrawn, a two-book series also authored by Zahn.


Early life

Zahn grew up in Lombard, Illinois and attended Glenbard East High School in Lombard. He then went on to Michigan State University, before working towards a doctorate in physics at the University of Illinois. [2]

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Glenbard East High School, or GBE, is a public four-year high school located in Lombard, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, in the United States. It is part of Glenbard Township High School District 87. The school is known for its prominence in the areas of arts and music, and has been recognized as a GRAMMY signature school three times. East draws around 2,300 students from Lombard, and portions of Glendale Heights, Addison, and Bloomingdale.

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Zahn, right, during a Q&A discussion at the 2018 East Coast Comicon in New Jersey 4.29.18TimothyZahnQ&AByLuigiNovi8.jpg
Zahn, right, during a Q&A discussion at the 2018 East Coast Comicon in New Jersey

Zahn's novella Cascade Point won the 1984 Hugo Award. [3] He is the author of the Blackcollar trilogy and the Cobra series (eight novels so far), twelve Star Wars expanded universe novels, including nine novels featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn: the Thrawn trilogy, the Hand of Thrawn duology, Outbound Flight , Choices of One , Star Wars: Thrawn, and Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances .

The Hugo Award for Best Novella is one of the Hugo Awards given each year for science fiction or fantasy stories published or translated into English during the previous calendar year. The novella award is available for works of fiction of between 17,500 and 40,000 words; awards are also given out in the short story, novelette and novel categories. The Hugo Awards have been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing".

Grand Admiral Thrawn Star Wars character

Grand Admiral Thrawn is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. Introduced in the 1991 Timothy Zahn novel Heir to the Empire, he is an Imperial military commander who has taken control of the Galactic Empire's remaining forces five years after the events of the 1983 film Return of the Jedi. Thrawn faces off against classic Star Wars characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian in the Thrawn trilogy (1991–1993), but is ultimately defeated. He is seemingly resurrected in the Hand of Thrawn duology (1997–98), and his backstory is explored in various other novels, short stories, comics, and video games in the Star Wars expanded universe.

The Hand of Thrawn is a pair of novels set in the Star Wars expanded universe, written by Timothy Zahn. They are sequels to Zahn's Thrawn trilogy.

LucasFilm at times referred to some of the more detailed Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game supplements from West End Games, and when Zahn started work on a new trilogy of Star Wars books, boxes of West End sourcebooks were delivered to him. [4] :191 At the time, Zahn was writing what would become known as the Thrawn trilogy, the first book of which was Heir to the Empire (1991). [4] :193 In turn, West End released sourcebooks for Zahn's three novels from 1992–1994. [4] :193

<i>Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game</i> West End Games

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West End Games (WEG) was a company that made board, role-playing, and war games. It was founded by Daniel Scott Palter in 1974 in New York City, but later moved to Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Its current and past product lines include Star Wars, Paranoia, Torg, DC Universe, and Junta.

<i>Heir to the Empire</i> 1991 Book by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire is a 1991 Star Wars novel by Timothy Zahn, and the first book in the Thrawn trilogy. It reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

The Thrawn trilogy marked a revival in the fortunes of the Star Wars franchise, bringing it widespread attention for the first time in years; all three Thrawn trilogy novels made the New York Times Best Seller List, [5] and set the stage and tone for most of the franchise's expanded universe content. [5] Zahn also wrote the young adult Dragonback series and the popular Conquerors' trilogy.

The Conquerors a trilogy of science fiction novels by American writer Timothy Zahn, published between 1994 and 1996.


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  4. 1 2 3 Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN   978-1-907702-58-7.
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