Barbara Hambly (born August 28, 1951) is an award-winning and prolific American novelist and the author of the Star Wars novels Children of the Jedi and Planet of Twilight published by Bantam Spectra in 1995 and 1997, respectively. She also wrote a number of short stories for Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Tales from Jabba's Palace, also published by Bantam Spectra in 1995, and for the Star Wars Adventure Journal, which was published by West End Games in 1997.
Hambly was born in San Diego, California and grew up in Montclair, California. Her parents, Edward Everett Hambly Sr. and Florence Moraski Hambly, are from a coal-mining town in eastern Pennsylvania. She has an older sister, Mary Ann Saunders, and a younger brother, Edward Everett Hambly Jr. In her early teens, Hambly read and was transfixed by J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and affixed images of dragons to her bedroom door. Early on, she became interested in costumery, and has been a longtime participant in Society for Creative Anachronism activities. In the mid-1960s, the Hambly family spent a year in Australia.
Hambly has a Masters in Medieval History from the University of California at Riverside, completing her degree in 1975 and spending a year in Bordeaux as part of her studies. Her first novel to be published was Time of the Dark in 1982 by Del Rey. Prior to becoming a writer, Hambly chose occupations that allowed her time to write; all of her novels contain a biography paragraph with a litany of jobs familiar to her readers—high-school teacher, model, waitress, technical editor, all-night liquor-store clerk, and Shotokan karate instructor. Hambly served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 1994 to 1996. Her works have been nominated for many awards in the fantasy and horror fiction categories, winning a Locus Award for Best Horror Novel Those Who Hunt the Night (1989) and the Lord Ruthven award for fiction for its sequel, Traveling With the Dead (1996).
Hambly was married for some years to fellow science-fiction writer George Alec Effinger before his death in 2002. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Star Wars bibliographyEdit
- Nightlily: The Lovers' Tale (1995)
- Taster's Choice: The Tale of Jabba's Chef (1995)
- Murder in Slushtime (1997)