Timothy Zahn

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Timothy Zahn
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Zahn at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Born (1951-09-01) September 1, 1951 (age 63)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Author
Nationality American
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.

Career[edit]

Zahn's novella Cascade Point won the 1984 Hugo Award.[1] He is the author of the Blackcollar trilogy and the Cobra series (seven novels so far), ten Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, including seven novels featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn: the Thrawn Trilogy, the Hand of Thrawn duology, Outbound Flight, and Choices of One.

LucasFilm at times referred to some of the more detailed Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game supplements from West End Games, and when Timothy Zahn started work on a new trilogy of Star Wars books, boxes of West End sourcebooks were delivered to him.[2]: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).[2]:193 In turn, West End released sourcebooks for Zahn's three novels from 1992-1994.[2]:193

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 lists,[3] and set the stage and tone for most of the franchise's Expanded-Universe content.[3] Zahn also wrote the young adult Dragonback series and the popular Conquerors' Trilogy.

Published works[edit]

Blackcollar series[edit]

  • The Blackcollar (1983)
  • The Backlash Mission (1986)
  • The Judas Solution (2006)

Both The Blackcollar and The Backlash Mission were released in one joint novel titled Blackcollar in 2006.

Cobra series[edit]

The three Cobra trilogies are an ongoing series of adventure novels set in a space opera future where "Cobras", augmented supersoldiers, defend colony worlds from the overbearing Dominion of Man and from the alien Troft. Reviewing the eighth novel in 2015, Liz Bourke of Tor.com noted that Zahn's 1980s worldbuilding – with dated technology and prevalent sexism – had not aged well, but appreciated the novels as a "rollicking fast-paced adventure story" with "solid, believable characters and entertaining action".[4]

Cobra trilogy
  1. Cobra (1985)
  2. Cobra Strike (1986)
  3. Cobra Bargain (1988)
The first two books were also released in one compilation called Cobras Two in 1992. A complete compilation was released as the Cobra Trilogy in 2004.
Cobra War trilogy
  1. Cobra Alliance (2009)
  2. Cobra Guardian (2011)
  3. Cobra Gamble (2012)
Cobra Rebellion trilogy
  1. Cobra Slave (2013)
  2. Cobra Outlaw (February 2015)
  3. Cobra Traitor (forthcoming)

Conquerors‍ '​ trilogy[edit]

The Conquerors‍ '​ trilogy of novels concerns a failed first contact between humans and aliens that leads to an interstellar war.

  • Conquerors' Pride (1994)
  • Conquerors' Heritage (1995)
  • Conquerors' Legacy (1996)

Star Wars[edit]

Thrawn trilogy[edit]

Hand of Thrawn series[edit]

Other Star Wars novels[edit]

Graphic novels[edit]

Shorter works[edit]

  • The Dreamsender short story in Analog July 1980, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • The Challenge short story in space Gamer December 1980, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • The Energy Crisis of 2215 short story in Amazing Stories March 1981, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • The Giftie Gie Us short Story in Analog July 1981, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • Job Inaction short story in Analog November 1981, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • Dragon Pax short story in Regal Science Fiction Fall 1982, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • The Shadows of Evening short story in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction March 1983, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • The Final Report on the Lifeline Experiment short story  in Analog May 1983, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • The Cassandra short story in Analog November 1983, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • Cascade Point short story and Hugo winner  in Analog December 1983, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • Return to the Fold short story and Hugo nominee in Analog September 1984, later republished in Cascade Point (1986)
  • Erine short story in Analog September 1979, later republished in Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988)
  • Reason d'Etre short story in Analog October 1981, later republished in Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988)
  • The Price of Survival short story in Analog June 1981, later republished in Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988)
  • Houseguest short story in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction January 1982, later republished in Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988)
  • Between a Rock and a High Place short story in Analog July 1982, later republished in Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988)
  • The Presidents Doll short story in Analog July 1987, later republished in Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988)
  • Banshee short story in Analog September 1987, later republished in Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988)
  • Time Bomb short story in New Destinies May 1988, later republished in Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988) and Time Traveled Tales vol 1 (2013)
  • Red Thoughts at Morning short story in Analog April 1981, later republished in Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • Dark Thoughts at Noon short story in Analog December 1982, later republished in Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • Black Thoughts at Midnight short story in Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • Final Solution short story in Analog March 1982, later republished in Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • Pawn's Gambit short story and Hugo nominee in Analog March 1982, later republished in Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • The Peaceful Man short story in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction September 1982, later republished in Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • Expanded Character short story in Analog September 1983, later republished in Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • The Evidence of Things Not Seen short story in Analog June 1986, later republished in Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • Guardian Angel short story in Far Frontiers VII December 1986, later republished in Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • Point Man short story in New Destinies vol. 1 1987, later republished in Star Song and Other Stories (2002)
  • The Broccoli Factor short story in Analog February 1990, later republished in Star Song and Other Stories (2002)
  • Hitmen - See Murderers short story in Amazing Stories June 1991, later republished in Star Song and Other Stories (2002)
  • The Art of War short story in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction March 1997, later republished in Star Song and Other Stories (2002)
  • The Plays the Thing short story Analog March 1997, later republished in Star Song and Other Stories (2002)
  • Star Song short story in Analog July/August 1997, later republished in Star Song and Other Stories (2002)

Dragonback series[edit]

Terminator Salvation[edit]

Quadrail or Frank Compton series[edit]

Other novels[edit]

Collections[edit]

  • Cascade Point and Other Stories (1986)
  • Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988)
  • Distant Friends and Others (1992)
  • Star Song and Other Stories (2002)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thehugoawards.org/?page_id=35
  2. ^ a b c Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  3. ^ a b http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/11/02/star-wars-sequels-timothy-zahn/
  4. ^ Bourke, Liz (23 January 2015). "A Vision of the Future-Past: Cobra Outlaw by Timothy Zahn". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 

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