Timothy Zahn Books

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

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Blackcollar 1983 Description / Buy
2 The Backlash Mission 1986 Description / Buy
3 The Judas Solution 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Cobra Series

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1 Cobra 1985 Description / Buy
2 Cobra Strike 1986 Description / Buy
3 Cobra Bargain 1988 Description / Buy

Order of Cobra Rebellion Series

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1 Cobra Slave 2013 Description / Buy
2 Cobra Outlaw 2015 Description / Buy
3 Cobra Traitor 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Cobra War Series

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1 Cobra Alliance 2009 Description / Buy
2 Cobra Guardian 2011 Description / Buy
3 Cobra Gamble 2012 Description / Buy

Order of The Conquerors Saga Series

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1 Conquerors' Pride 1994 Description / Buy
2 Conquerors' Heritage 1995 Description / Buy
3 Conquerors' Legacy 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Quadrail Series

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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

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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

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1 Pawn 2017 Description / Buy
2 Knight 2019 Description / Buy
3 Queen 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Tor Doubles Series

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1 Hardfought/Cascade Point 1988 Description / Buy
2 The Saliva Tree/Born with the Dead ( By: Robert Silverberg) 1988 Description / Buy
3 No Truce With Kings / Ship of Shadows ( By: Fritz Leiber) 1989 Description / Buy
4 Enemy Mine / Another Orphan ( By: Barry B. Longyear) 1989 Description / Buy
5 The Girl Who Was Plugged In/Screwtop ( By: James Tiptree Jr.) 1989 Description / Buy
6 Saturn Game/Iceborn ( By: Gregory Benford) 1989 Description / Buy
7 Elegy for Angels and Dogs/the Graveyard Heart ( By: Roger Zelazny) 1990 Description / Buy

Order of Alien Stars Series

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1 Alien Stars ( With: C.J. Cherryh, Joe Haldeman) 1985 Description / Buy

Order of Dragonback Series

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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

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1 Winner Lose All (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
2 Scoundrels 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Star Wars: Thrawn Series

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1 Thrawn 2017 Description / Buy
2 Alliances 2018 Description / Buy
3 Treason 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy Trilogy Series

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1 Chaos Rising 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn Duology Series

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1 Vision of the Future 1997 Description / Buy
2 Specter of the Past 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy Series

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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 with Alan Dean Foster, John Jackson Miller

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1 Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina ( By: Kevin J. Anderson) 1995 Description / Buy
2 The Approaching Storm ( By: Alan Dean Foster) 2002 Description / Buy
3 The Dangerous Games ( By: Jude Watson) 2002 Description / Buy
4 A Forest Apart (Short Story) ( By: Troy Denning) 2003 Description / Buy
5 Legacy of the Jedi ( By: Jude Watson) 2003 Description / Buy
6 Outbound Flight 2006 Description / Buy
7 Star Wars 2007 Description / Buy
8 Death Star ( By: Michael Reaves) 2007 Description / Buy
9 Choices of One 2011 Description / Buy
10 Shadow Games ( By: Michael Reaves) 2011 Description / Buy
11 Knight Errant ( By: John Jackson Miller) 2011 Description / Buy
12 Scoundrels 2013 Description / Buy
13 The Last Jedi ( By: Michael Reaves) 2013 Description / Buy
14 Kenobi ( By: John Jackson Miller) 2013 Description / Buy
15 Crucible ( By: Troy Denning) 2013 Description / Buy
16 Star Wars ( By: Tim Lebbon) 2013 Description / Buy
17 Into the Void ( By: Tim Lebbon) 2013 Description / Buy
18 Dawn of the Jedi ( By: Tim Lebbon) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Terminator Salvation Series

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1 Trial by Fire 1998 Description / Buy
2 From the Ashes 2009 Description / Buy

Order of StarCraft Series

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1 Shadow of the Xel'Naga ( By: Gabriel Mesta) 2001 Description / Buy
2 Speed of Darkness ( By: Tracy Hickman) 2002 Description / Buy
3 Queen of Blades ( By: Aaron Rosenberg) 2006 Description / Buy
4 Starcraft: Evolution 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Timothy Zahn Standalone Novels

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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

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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

# Read Title Published Details
1 Alien Stars 1985 Description / Buy
2 Battle Luna 2020 Description / Buy
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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?

Timothy Zahn doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Chaos Rising and was released on October, 6th 2020. It is the newest book in the Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy Trilogy Series.

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