Aaron Allston in 2005.
|Born||1960 (age 52–53)
Corsicana, Texas, United States
|Occupation||writer, game designer|
|Genres||tabletop role-playing games, fantasy, science fiction|
Aaron Allston (born 1960 in Corsicana, Texas) is an American game designer and novelist of many science fiction books, notably Star Wars novels. His works as a game designer include game supplements for role-playing games, several of which served to establish the basis for products and subsequent development of TSR's Dungeons & Dragons game setting Mystara. Later works as a novelist include those of the X-Wing series: Wraith Squadron, Iron Fist, Solo Command, Starfighters of Adumar. He has also written two entries in the New Jedi Order series: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream, and Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand. Allston wrote three of the nine Legacy of the Force novels: Betrayal, Exile, and Fury, and three of the nine Fate of the Jedi novels: Outcast, Backlash and Conviction.
Early life and education
Allston was a circulation manager, assistant editor, and editor of Space Gamer magazine, and by 1983 was a full time freelance game designer. He served as editor of Space Gamer from issues 52 (June 1982) - 65 (Sept/Oct 1983), and as editor of Fantasy Gamer for the first issue (Aug/Sep 1983) and co-editor of the second issue (Dec/Jan 1984). While editor of Space Game, the magazine won the H.G. Wells Award for Best Professional Role-Playing Magazine in 1982. Allston authored the book Autoduel Champions in 1983, which crossed over Champions by Hero Games and Car Wars by Steve Jackson Games.:146 He co-wrote the computer game Savage Empire, which was named Best PC Fantasy RPG by Game Player magazine in 1990. He authored the Rules Cyclopedia 1991, the second revision to the Dungeons & Dragons game.:27 He branched into writing and by the mid-1990s had two novels under his belt.
He began writing on the Star Wars X-Wing series in 1997, when the primary sequence writer Michael Stackpole could not handle the entire workload. Stackpole had worked with Allston in the gaming industry years earlier. Allston produced a new edition of Champions for Hero Games in 2002.:152 In 2006, Allston launched the The Legacy of the Force series with a hardcover entitled Betrayal.
In early April 2009 Allston had a heart attack and underwent an emergency quadruple bypass surgery, while on the book signing tour for Outcast, the first book in the Fate of the Jedi series.
- Web of Danger (1988)
- Galatea In 2-D (1993)
- Double Jeopardy (1994)
- Thunder of the Captains (with H. Lisle) (1996)
- Wrath of the Princes (with H. Lisle) (1997)
- Wraith Squadron (1998)
- Iron Fist (1998)
- Solo Command (1999)
- Starfighters of Adumar (1999)
- Mercy Kill (2012)
The New Jedi Order
Legacy of the Force
Fate of the Jedi
- The Circle and M.E.T.E. (1983)
- Mythic Greece (Rolemaster) (1988)
- Strike Force (1988)
- Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991)
- Poor Wizard's Almanac & Book of Facts (1992)
- Wrath of the Immortals (1992)
- Complete Ninja's Handbook (1995)
- Champions, Fifth Edition (2002)
- Jeff Salamon (May 19, 2005). "So a guy walks into the Mos Eisley cantina...". Austin American-Statesman. p. E1.
- Edward Nawotka (2008-04-24). "Nebula Awards puts Austin and Texas writers at center of science fiction world". Dallas Morning News.
- Peter F. Panzeri Jr. (2006-07-01). "32nd Hall of Fame Inductees Announced" (PDF). Talsorian. Archived from the original on 2-12-2012. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
- "Allston, Aaron". Writers Directory 2005. 2004. Retrieved June 27, 2013. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- "Aaron Allston in the Hospital". Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
- Mike Shea (December 2007). "Aaron Allston". Texas Monthly. p. 74.
- Richard Gawel (September 19, 2012). "A short time from now in a library not too far away...". Suburban Trends. p. D1.
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