"How much research was necessary before you began to write?"
"A lot. I wish I'd had time to do more. I read every Star Wars technical manual I could get my hands on, plus Stackpole's novels, Zahn's novels, other novels in which Wedge Antilles and Rogue Squadron make appearances, comic books, and several of West End's Star Wars game supplements. I watched the movie trilogy repeatedly. I played the X-Wing computer game. I bought eight of the Action Fleet toys and used them for measurements and estimations of their performance in atmosphere. I read books on aircraft carrier life and pilot survival.
―Jim Fisher interviews Aaron Allston[src]

Aaron Allston (December 8, 1960February 27, 2014) was the author of thirteen Star Wars novels, and several short stories. His repertoire included the Wraith Squadron Trilogy, X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar, the Enemy Lines duology, three of the nine-book Legacy of the Force series, followed by three of the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series, and returned to penning the adventures of the Wraith Squadron with X-Wing: Mercy Kill. He also wrote the Clone Wars short stories The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff and League of Spies. He passed away on February 27, 2014.


Aaron Allston was born in Corsicana, Texas in 1960. He began writing at the age of 11; his first short story at 14 and his first novel at 16. He moved to Austin, Texas to study journalism at the University of Texas while writing on the side.

In 1980, he was hired by game designer and publisher Steve Jackson as circulation manager for Space Gamer magazine, and over the next two years became assistant editor and then editor of the magazine. He also began designing game supplements on a freelance basis, for Steve Jackson Games and then for Hero Games.

In 1983 he went freelance full-time as a game designer, working mostly for Champions publisher Hero Games and Dungeons & Dragons publisher TSR.

His first novel—Web of Danger—was published in 1988, and his second—Galatea in 2-D—in 1993. He gradually moved from game design to full-time fiction writing. During a convention for Omen, Allston had a heart attack, causing Backlash to come out later than expected.

While at a VisionCon convention in Springfield, Missouri on February 27, 2014 Allston collapsed from what appeared to be heart failure. He passed away later that day at age 53.

Unmarried, he lived in Round Rock, Texas, with four housemates, four cats, and a dog.

Star Wars bibliographyEdit

Title Format Date
X-Wing: Wraith Squadron Novel 1998
X-Wing: Iron Fist Novel 1998
X-Wing: Solo Command Novel 1999
X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar Novel 1999
The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream Novel 2002
The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand Novel 2002
The Pengalan Tradeoff Short Story 2003
League of Spies Short Story 2004
Legacy of the Force: Betrayal Novel 2006
Legacy of the Force: Exile Novel 2007
Legacy of the Force: Fury Novel 2007
Fate of the Jedi: Outcast Novel 2009
Fate of the Jedi: BacklashNovel 2010
Fate of the Jedi: ConvictionNovel 2011
X-Wing: Mercy KillNovel 2012


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Facebook icon Post about Allston. Sean Patrick Fannon (February 27, 2014). Retrieved on February 27, 2014. (screenshot)

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