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Timothy Zahn (born September 1, 1951) is a science fiction novelist. He is best known for the Thrawn Trilogy, a Star Wars Expanded Universe series that takes place five years after the end of Return of the Jedi. Zahn's work isn't limited to Star Wars; he also wrote the popular Conquerors' Trilogy, about a war between humans and a race of aliens that have seemingly indestructible spaceships and can remain in spirit form after death. He has also written short fiction; he won a Hugo award in 1984 for his novella Cascade Point. Image File history File links Zahn_t. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... The Thrawn trilogy (also known as The Three Book Cycle and The Heir To The Empire Trilogy) are the three novels, Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command, written by Timothy Zahn and set in the Star Wars galaxy about five years after Return of the... The Expanded Universe (or EU for short) is a collection of fictional background material from the Star Wars universe that is derived from official novels, comic books, and various other media besides the movies themselves. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Winners of the Hugo Award for best novella. ...

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Writing style

Zahn's characters are noteworthy for taking various pieces of information, putting together a picture of events, and planning a course of action around it. Sometimes, they have a correct picture based on very few facts, and other times they make incorrect assumptions but create a good plan out of it anyway. Grand Admiral Thrawn is, perhaps, the seminal example. Zahn's Star Wars books also usually focus on a certain core group: Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, Jorj Car'das, Grand Admiral Thrawn and the Chiss species. Throughout his Star Wars books, he often makes references to other characters or events that were created by him in previous works, that would normally not be mentioned for no reason. For example, characters or events that were created by him in previous works would be mentioned in later books before the characters would even be aware that the upcoming events would be connected with what has been referenced. As with the original Star Wars trilogy, all books in both The Thrawn Trilogy and The Hand of Thrawn Duology begin with an "exterior shot" of a Star Destroyer. Zahn tends to focus more on the logic of his characters rather than their feelings and has characters from the original trilogy re-use some of their distinctive dialogue. Grand Admiral Thrawn is a fictional character from the Star Wars galaxy. ... Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill. ... Mara Jade Skywalker (b. ... Talon Karrde is a character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... This article is about minor characters in the fictional Star Wars universe, who do not fit into any other category. ... Grand Admiral Thrawn is a fictional character from the Star Wars galaxy. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Chiss are a humanoid species with pale blue skin, blue-black hair and glowing red eyes. ... The Hand of Thrawn Duelogy is a pair of novels, Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future, written by Timothy Zahn and set in the Star Wars galaxy. ... A group of Imperial Star Destroyers. ...


Zahn's books are often described as "fast-paced". For example, he tends to develop settings only as necessary to advance the plot.


A distinguishing mark of his work is his fondness for wordplay. For instance, in the Thrawn trilogy, the name "Thrawn" comes from a word meaning "twisted" and the names of two pets ("Sturm" and "Drang") come from a Romantic movement. Romanticism was an artistic and intellectual movement that originated in late 18th century Western Europe. ... Sturm und Drang (literally: storm and stress) was a Germany literary movement that developed during the latter half of the 18th century. ...


There exist certain sentence structures that are "pristine Zahn". For example, starting in the first Star Wars series (and especially in the second series) is his usage of the "What sentence". That is, to expose the plot in an interesting yet believable way, he will have a character say "what" and then introduce a creation of Zahn. For example, in "Vision of the Future" (page 124) Zahn invents the "bridgebreak confirmation" and has Han Solo explain it by asking Leia, "That's, what, the crypt-embedded code trick Ghent came up with a couple of months ago?" (on this, see also "Specter of the Past" page 170 and "Heir to the Empire" page 141).


Biography

Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and passed away. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he became a professional writer. He is married to Anna, and they live in Oregon. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a public university in East Lansing, Michigan. ... Physics (from the Greek, (phúsis), nature and (phusiké), knowledge of nature) is the science concerned with the discovery and understanding of the fundamental laws which govern matter, energy, space and time. ... The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also known as UIUC and the U of I (the officially preferred abbreviation), is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ...


Future Possibilities

Zahn has expressed interest in writing more Star Wars novels. At Celebration III he has expressed interest in writing a novel set after Legacy of the Force featuring Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade, and their teenage son Ben Skywalker. The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the revamped original Star Wars Trilogy. ... The logo for the Legacy of the Force Era The Legacy of the Force is a series of 9 science fiction novels set in the Star Wars fictional universe from 40 ABY to an unspecified time. ... Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill. ... Mara Jade Skywalker (b. ... Ben Skywalker is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the son of Jedi Masters Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade Skywalker. ...


Bibliography

Blackcollar Series

  • 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

  • Cobra (1986)
  • Cobra Strike
  • Cobra Bargain (1988)

The first two were also released in one compilation called Cobras Two in 1992. A complete compilation was released as the Cobra Trilogy in 2004. See COBRA (novels) for more detail. COBRA was the name for two unrelated book series, one by Joseph R. Rosenberger and one by Timothy Zahn. ...


The Thrawn Trilogy

Heir to the Empire is the first book in a trilogy of novels known as The Thrawn Trilogy, all written by renowned Star Wars author, Timothy Zahn. ... Dark Force Rising is the second book in the popular Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. ... The Last Command can refer to: The Last Command (film) A book in the Thrawn trilogy This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Conquerors Trilogy

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

The Hand of Thrawn duology

The Hand of Thrawn Duology is a pair of novels, Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future, written by Timothy Zahn and set in the Star Wars galaxy. ... The Hand of Thrawn Duology is a pair of novels, Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future, written by Timothy Zahn and set in the Star Wars galaxy. ...

Other Star Wars novels

Fools Bargain is a 2004 fictional Star Wars ebook written by Timothy Zahn. ... The cover of Survivors Quest. ... This article is about the novel. ... Allegiance is a novel set in the Star Wars galaxy that will be released in February of 2007 by Del Rey. ...

Dragonback Series

  • Dragon and Thief (2003)
  • Dragon and Soldier (2004)
  • Dragon and Slave (2005)
  • Dragon and Herdsman (2006)
  • Dragon and Judge (2007)

Other novels

  • A Coming of Age (1985)
  • Triplet (1987)
  • Spinneret (1985)
  • Deadman Switch (1988)
  • War Horse (1990)
  • The Icarus Hunt (1999)
  • Angelmass (2001)
  • Manta's Gift (2002)
  • Green and the Gray (2004)
  • Night Train to Rigel (2005)

The Icarus Hunt is a science fiction novel by Timothy Zahn. ...

Collections

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

See also

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Timothy Zahn (born September 1, 1951) is a science fiction novelist.
Zahn's characters are noteworthy for taking various pieces of information, putting together a picture of events, and planning a course of action around it.
Zahn tends to focus more on the logic of his characters rather than their feelings and has characters from the original trilogy re-use some of their distinctive dialogue.
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