Timothy Zahn

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Timothy Zahn
Zahn at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Born (1951-09-01) September 1, 1951 (age 64)
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.


Zahn's novella Cascade Point won the 1984 Hugo Award.[1] He is the author of the Blackcollar trilogy and the Cobra series (eight 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.


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  1. ^ "1984 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 
  2. ^ a b c Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  3. ^ a b "'Star Wars' sequel author Timothy Zahn weighs in on new movie plans". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. 

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