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Timothy Zahn

Author of Heir To The Empire

232+ Works 45,738 Members 731 Reviews 94 Favorited

About the Author

Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 1, 1951. He received a B.S. degree in physics from Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1973 and a M.S. degree in physics from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1975. In 1975, Zahn began writing science fiction as a show more hobby. When his thesis advisor died in 1979, effectively wiping out three years of work, he decided to try making a living at writing. Since then, Zahn has published short stories, novelettes, novels, and short fiction collections. He is best known for writing the Star Wars the Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command. The novella, Cascade Point (1984) won a Hugo Award. He also writes numerous series including Cobra, Blackcollar, Dragonback, and Conquerors' Trilogy. Zahn co-authored with David Weber A Call To Duty, the first book in the Manticore Ascendant Series, which made the New York Times bestseller list in October 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Timothy Zahn

Heir To The Empire (1991) — Author — 6,599 copies
Dark Force Rising (1992) 5,432 copies
The Last Command (1993) — Author — 5,200 copies
Thrawn (2017) 1,405 copies
Outbound Flight (2006) 1,399 copies
Survivor's Quest (2004) 1,216 copies
Allegiance (2007) 1,047 copies
Conquerors' Pride (1994) 961 copies
The Icarus Hunt (1999) 848 copies
Thrawn: Alliances (2018) 802 copies
Conquerors' Heritage (1995) 766 copies
Conquerors' Legacy (1996) 678 copies
Thrawn: Treason (2019) 654 copies
Night Train to Rigel (2005) 576 copies
Chaos Rising (2020) 541 copies
Choices of One (2011) 539 copies
Dragon and Thief (2003) 524 copies
Scoundrels (2013) 517 copies
The Blackcollar (1983) 477 copies
Angelmass (2001) 466 copies
Cobra (1985) 454 copies
A Call to Duty (2014) 362 copies
Manta's Gift (2002) 346 copies
Deadman Switch (1988) 338 copies
Triplet (1987) 320 copies
The Third Lynx (2007) 319 copies
Spinneret (1985) 315 copies
Cobra Strike (1986) 305 copies
Lesser Evil (2021) 305 copies
The Green and the Gray (2004) 304 copies
Warhorse (1990) 304 copies
Cobra Bargain (1988) 302 copies
Odd Girl Out (2008) 289 copies
Dragon and Soldier (2004) 273 copies
A Call to Arms (2015) 273 copies
Dragon and Slave (2005) 240 copies
A Coming of Age (1984) 228 copies
The Cobra Trilogy (2004) 210 copies
The Domino Pattern (2010) 203 copies
A Call to Vengeance (2018) 196 copies
Dragon and Herdsman (2006) 186 copies
Dragon and Judge (2007) 169 copies
Judgment at Proteus (2012) 166 copies
Hardfought/Cascade Point (1988) 164 copies
Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (1988) 149 copies
Dragon and Liberator (2008) 148 copies
Distant Friends and Others (1992) 144 copies
Cobra Alliance (2009) 140 copies
Cobras Two (1992) 134 copies
From The Ashes (2009) 121 copies
Star Wars: Fool's Bargain (2004) 113 copies
A Call to Insurrection (2022) — Author — 99 copies
Soulminder (2014) 90 copies
Cobra Slave (2013) 89 copies
Cobra Guardian (2011) 85 copies
Cobra Gamble (2012) 84 copies
StarCraft: Evolution (2016) 60 copies
Dragonback Bargain (2005) 58 copies
Star Song and Other Stories (2002) 48 copies
The Icarus Plot (2022) 45 copies
Cobra Outlaw (2015) 34 copies
Cobra Traitor (2018) 20 copies
The Icarus Twin (2023) 17 copies
The Cobra War Trilogy (2016) 13 copies
Cloak (2015) 11 copies
The Icarus Job (2024) 8 copies
Star Wars - Vauriens (2014) 4 copies
First Contact 3 copies
Star Wars Tales #1 (1999) 3 copies
GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY (2020) 3 copies
Nástup temné síly (2000) 2 copies
With One Stone (2003) 2 copies
An act of war 2 copies
The Art of War 2 copies
Star Wars Short Story Collection — Contributor — 2 copies
Hűség (2013) 2 copies
Star Wars. Ničemové (2015) 1 copy
Star Wars Boxed Set (1994) 1 copy
Válaszutak 1 copy
Poslední rozkaz (2000) 1 copy
Synové Kobry (2004) 1 copy
Teamwork 1 copy
Job Inaction 1 copy
Dragon Pax 1 copy
Banshee 1 copy
Houseguest 1 copy
Ernie 1 copy
Point Man 1 copy
Straceńcza misja (1996) 1 copy
Duel 1 copy
The Ring 1 copy

Associated Works

Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (1995) — Contributor — 1,417 copies
Tales from Jabba's Palace (1995) — Contributor — 1,289 copies
The Service of the Sword (2003) — Contributor — 973 copies
Tales from the Empire (1997) — Contributor — 864 copies
Tales from the New Republic (1999) — Contributor — 720 copies
In Fire Forged (2011) — Contributor — 350 copies
Science Fiction: DAW 30th Anniversary (2002) — Contributor — 262 copies
Beginnings (2013) — Contributor — 240 copies
The 1983 Annual World's Best SF (1983) — Contributor — 199 copies
The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF (2009) — Contributor — 153 copies
Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary (2009) — Contributor — 113 copies
Alien Stars (1985) — Contributor — 108 copies
Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1996) — Story — 107 copies
Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (1995) — Story — 91 copies
Star Wars: The Last Command (1999) — Story — 82 copies
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe (2013) — Contributor — 78 copies
Battleground Tatooine [graphic novel] (1998) — Introduction — 74 copies
Star Wars Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire (2010) — Contributor — 65 copies
Pandora's Closet (2007) — Contributor — 62 copies
Space Stations (2004) — Contributor — 48 copies
What Price Victory? (2023) — Contributor — 46 copies
Spells of the City (2009) — Contributor — 35 copies
Intergalactic Mercenaries (1996) — Contributor — 28 copies
Time Traveled Tales: Volume 1 (2014) — Contributor — 23 copies
Boondocks Fantasy (2011) — Contributor — 23 copies
Free Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 23 copies
Analog 1 (1981) — Contributor — 8 copies
Dragons! (2017) — Contributor — 7 copies
Fresh Hells: Tales of Basil & Moebius (2019) — Contributor — 2 copies
More Tales of Zorro (2011) — Contributor — 2 copies
FenCon XI: The University of FenCon — Contributor — 1 copy

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Definitive Star Wars story in the Expanded Universe. I'm one of those who adored the original trilogy and played all the LucasArts games, so naturally Heir to the Empire holds a special meaning for me. I read the trilogy originally in the 90s as a Finnish translation, which I remember I didn't like that much. Now, after reading this again in English and seeing what Disney has done to Star Wars, I appreciate the Thrawn Trilogy much more.

By all means this cannot be considered "literature", but I don't think it's especially badly written. The language is very simple and easy to read. The plot is quite simple too, but there is this certain nostalgic atmosphere which I like.… (more)
 
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kirjahai | 94 other reviews | Jun 6, 2024 |
Zahn makes another outstanding contribution to the Expanded Universe (rebranded "Legends"). Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo (Thrawn) is a compelling hero in this novel. Thrawn is characterized by honor and discipline, maintaining a level of dignity and civility whether interacting with prisoners, subordinates, or superiors. In contrast to the villainous Grand Admiral Thrawn of the Empire, Commander Thrawn violates the defense-only norms of his culture by defending those who come under attack by pirates (the Vagaari).… (more)
 
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AliciaBooks | 20 other reviews | Jun 4, 2024 |
I loved this book, right up until the end and one of the story arcs went in a direction that I didn't feel it had been set up for. Hopefully the second book will make it make sense. Zahn is one of the best story tellers and one of the only Star Wars authors I will read. His character of Zahn is, imo, one of the reasons the Star Wars book series became so popular, even after his initial trilogy had ended. His character development of both main and original characters made people want to read more of the series.… (more)
 
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IriDas | 37 other reviews | Jun 4, 2024 |
Didn't like Bear's story, the "alien perspective" schtick got tiresome by page five. Zahn's short story was quite interesting however and added another dimension (pun intended) to the hazards of FTL travel.
 
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Rating
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