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Timothy Zahn is an American author that writes science fiction; though, he also dabbles in fantasy. Best known for his work on the Star Wars series of novels, Zahn was born in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. He spent some time at Glenbard East High School, Michigan State University, and the University of Illinois.
Order of Blackcollar Series
|1||The Blackcollar||1983||Description / Buy|
|2||The Backlash Mission||1986||Description / Buy|
|3||The Judas Solution||2006||Description / Buy|
Order of Cobra Series
|1||Cobra||1985||Description / Buy|
|2||Cobra Strike||1986||Description / Buy|
|3||Cobra Bargain||1988||Description / Buy|
Order of Cobra Rebellion Series
|1||Cobra Slave||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||Cobra Outlaw||2015||Description / Buy|
|3||Cobra Traitor||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Cobra War Series
|1||Cobra Alliance||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Cobra Guardian||2011||Description / Buy|
|3||Cobra Gamble||2012||Description / Buy|
Order of The Conquerors Saga Series
|1||Conquerors' Pride||1994||Description / Buy|
|2||Conquerors' Heritage||1995||Description / Buy|
|3||Conquerors' Legacy||1996||Description / Buy|
Order of Quadrail Series
|1||Night Train to Rigel||2005||Description / Buy|
|2||The Third Lynx||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||Odd Girl Out||2008||Description / Buy|
|4||The Domino Pattern||2009||Description / Buy|
|5||Judgment at Proteus||2012||Description / Buy|
Order of Manticore Ascendant Series with David Weber, Thomas Pope
|1||A Call to Duty||2014||Description / Buy|
|2||A Call to Arms||2015||Description / Buy|
|3||A Call to Vengeance||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of The Sibyl's War Series
|1||Pawn||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||Knight||2019||Description / Buy|
|3||Queen||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Tor Doubles Series
|1||Hardfought/Cascade Point||1988||Description / Buy|
|2||The Saliva Tree/Born with the Dead||1988||Description / Buy|
|3||Enemy Mine / Another Orphan||1989||Description / Buy|
|4||The Girl Who Was Plugged In/Screwtop||1989||Description / Buy|
|5||Saturn Game/Iceborn||1989||Description / Buy|
|6||Elegy for Angels and Dogs/the Graveyard Heart||1990||Description / Buy|
Order of Alien Stars Series
Order of Dragonback Series
|1||Dragon and Thief||2003||Description / Buy|
|2||Dragon and Soldier||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||Dragon and Slave||2005||Description / Buy|
|4||Dragon and Herdsman||2006||Description / Buy|
|5||Dragon and Judge||2007||Description / Buy|
|6||Dragon and Liberator||2008||Description / Buy|
Order of Star Wars: Legends Series
|1||Winner Lose All (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||Scoundrels||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Star Wars: Thrawn Series
|1||Thrawn||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||Alliances||2018||Description / Buy|
|3||Treason||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy Trilogy Series
|1||Chaos Rising||2020||Description / Buy|
|2||Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy||2021||Description / Buy|
|3||Greater Good||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn Duology Series
|1||Vision of the Future||1997||Description / Buy|
|2||Specter of the Past||1997||Description / Buy|
Order of Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy Series
|1||Heir to the Empire||1991||Description / Buy|
|2||Dark Force Rising||1992||Description / Buy|
|3||The Last Command||1993||Description / Buy|
Order of Star Wars Legends Series
|1||Star Wars Episode #04: A New Hope Novelization||1976||Description / Buy|
|2||Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina||1995||Description / Buy|
|3||Tales from the Empire||1997||Description / Buy|
|4||Tales from the New Republic||1999||Description / Buy|
|5||The Approaching Storm||2002||Description / Buy|
|6||The Dangerous Games||2002||Description / Buy|
|7||A Forest Apart (Short Story)||2003||Description / Buy|
|8||Tatooine Ghost||2003||Description / Buy|
|9||Jango Fett vs. the Razor Eaters (Short Story)||2003||Description / Buy|
|10||Legacy of the Jedi||2003||Description / Buy|
|11||The Ruins of Dantooine||2003||Description / Buy|
|12||Outbound Flight||2006||Description / Buy|
|13||Star Wars||2007||Description / Buy|
|14||Death Star||2007||Description / Buy|
|15||The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi||2008||Description / Buy|
|16||A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker||2009||Description / Buy|
|17||Star Wars A New Hope: The LIfe of Luke Skywalker||2009||Description / Buy|
|18||Crosscurrent||2010||Description / Buy|
|19||Fire Ring Race (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|20||Shinbone Showdown (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|21||Choices of One||2011||Description / Buy|
|22||Shadow Games||2011||Description / Buy|
|23||Riptide||2011||Description / Buy|
|24||Knight Errant||2011||Description / Buy|
|25||Scourge||2012||Description / Buy|
|26||The Wrath of Darth Maul||2012||Description / Buy|
|27||Scoundrels||2013||Description / Buy|
|28||The Last Jedi||2013||Description / Buy|
|29||Kenobi||2013||Description / Buy|
|30||Crucible||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Terminator Salvation Series
Order of StarCraft Series
|1||Shadow of the Xel'Naga||2001||Description / Buy|
|2||Liberty's Crusade||2001||Description / Buy|
|3||Starcraft: Liberty's Crusade||2001||Description / Buy|
|4||Speed of Darkness||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||Queen of Blades||2006||Description / Buy|
|6||The Starcraft Archive||2007||Description / Buy|
|7||Starcraft: Evolution||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Timothy Zahn Standalone Novels
|1||A Coming of Age||1984||Description / Buy|
|2||Spinneret||1985||Description / Buy|
|3||Triplet||1987||Description / Buy|
|4||Deadman Switch||1988||Description / Buy|
|5||Warhorse||1990||Description / Buy|
|6||The Icarus Hunt||1999||Description / Buy|
|7||Angelmass||2001||Description / Buy|
|8||Manta's Gift||2002||Description / Buy|
|9||The Green and the Gray||2004||Description / Buy|
|10||Soulminder||2014||Description / Buy|
|11||Cloak||2014||Description / Buy|
|12||Ghost Riders In The Sky (Short Story)||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Timothy Zahn Short Story Collections
|1||Cascade Point and Other Stories||1986||Description / Buy|
|2||Time Bomb and Zahndry Others||1988||Description / Buy|
|3||Distant Friends and Others||1992||Description / Buy|
|4||Star Song and Other Stories||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||Pawn's Gambit||2016||Description / Buy|
Timothy Zahn Anthologies
Having attained a Bachelor of Science Degree and an MS Degree in physics, the author eventually abandoned his scholarly efforts in favor of pursuing a career in writing. He was fortunate enough to write the Thrawn Trilogy which attracted considerable interest from Star Wars fans.
Some people have argued that the franchise was dead for years before Zahn’s work revived it. The stories he told gave the Star Wars universe a lot of heft, forming a foundation that other writers used to explore the franchise’s untapped potential in the literary arena.
Like most people, Zahn wasn’t happy when Disney eliminated the storylines he had developed when it acquired LucasFilm. The studio was determined to build a new canon, one that would complement the direction they wanted future movies to go. As such, they had no room for the wealth of stories his novels had generated thus far.
Fortunately, Zahn’s time with Star Wars wasn’t over. Disney eventually tasked him with writing new Thrawn novels. But his time, his stories would become embedded in Disney’s new canon, making Zahn’s work a permanent fixture within the Star Wars franchise.
As a child, the notion of writing Star Wars novels never crossed Timothy Zahn’s mind. He never intended to pursue publishing as a career. The author knew fairly early on that he enjoyed creating interesting stories. But that did not compel him to write, not at first.
It was during his time at the University of Illinois that Zahn began to experiment with the activity. The author was working on his Ph.D. when he started writing science fiction. Initially, it was just another hobby.
Zahn was occupied with a mathematical project that was supposed to advance plasma physics. However, he was making no headway. Zahn wasn’t opposed to giving up but his adviser was determined to keep pushing forward.
Unfortunately, he was always out of town. This created gaps in the writer’s schedule which he used to pen his stories while he waited for the man to return. When he finally sold his first story in 1978, Zahn wasn’t convinced that publishing could support him as a viable career.
But it definitely gave him the confidence boost he needed to keep writing, so much so that Zahn considered taking a break from his studies to write. When his thesis advisor passed away, the development gave the author the kick he needed to give his hobby the attention it deserved.
Zahn wasn’t willing to start a new project with a new professor. The fact that he successfully sold nine stories within the months that followed told him that he was definitely on the right path. Zahn eventually made a name for himself as a masterful storyteller responsible for some of the most engaging science fiction novels in publishing.
Timothy Zahn Awards
Zahn won the Hugo Award (Cascade Point).
Best Timothy Zahn Books
Besides writing, Zahn’s passions include martial arts, classical music, and crossword puzzles. Some of his best novels include:
Heir to the Empire: The Empire is gone. The Rebel Alliance was victorious. But maintaining peace in the galaxy won’t be easy. Han and Leia will do what they can but the married couple has a pair of Jedi twins to raise. Meanwhile, Luke has become aware of a new threat.
The remnants of the imperial fleet have fallen under the control of a warlord, a dangerous figure with the power to destroy the New Republic.
Dark Force Rising: The New Republic expected resistance as it attempted to exert its control over the galaxy. However, it did not expect that resistance to take the form of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a powerful figure that is hellbent on using the remnants of the Empire’s forces to annihilate everything Luke, Han, and Leia fought so hard to achieve.
Han and Lando, for their part, are on a mission to uncover a traitor within the New Republic’s ruling arm. Meanwhile, Luke must contend with a dark Jedi that will stop at nothing to corrupt him.
When Does The Next Timothy Zahn book come out?
The next book by Timothy Zahn is Greater Good and will be released on September, 1st 2021. It is the newest book in the Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy Trilogy Series.