"It was just after four o'clock on November 6, 1989, and I was three days into writing my first novel for my new publisher, Bantam Books, when the phone rang. It was my agent. 'Tim,' he said after the usual pleasantries, 'we have a very interesting offer here.'"
―Timothy Zahn[src]

Timothy Zahn is a science fiction novelist best known for the Thrawn Trilogy.



Talon Karrde (portrayed by Zahn, right) with Mara Jade (portrayed by Shannon McRandle) and Corran Horn (portrayed by Michael Stackpole).

Alongside Dark Empire, Zahn's Thrawn trilogy (consisting of Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command) began an explosion of Expanded Universe media. Following these works, Star Wars novels and story collections by authors such as Kevin J. Anderson and Michael A. Stackpole were released, reinvigorating a franchise that had been largely dormant for years. Zahn also wrote two additional Star Wars novels, collectively called The Hand of Thrawn Duology (consisting of Specter of the Past, and Vision of the Future). Recently he wrote the stand-alone novels Survivor's Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, and Choices of One. He has also contributed to the script of several comics and short stories over the years, including Star Wars: Mara Jade – By the Emperor's Hand.

Zahn's work is not limited to Star Wars. He has also written the widely popular Conquerors' Trilogy, which tells the story of a war between Humans and a race of aliens that have indestructible spaceships and an "elder" form after death.

Zahn agreed to pose as his character, Talon Karrde, for the Star Wars Customizable Card Game—although hair extensions were needed.

Zahn's Scoundrels features Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Winter, and new characters such as Bink Kitik, Tavia Kitik, Zerba Cher'dak and Rachele Ree.

Following the announcement of the new canon continuity on April 25, 2014,[1] Zahn had not been involved in any further writing of Star Wars titles. On July 16, 2016, however, it was announced that Zahn had been commissioned to author Thrawn, a new novel focusing on the character as featured in canon, as the character was introduced in Star Wars Rebels Season Three.[2] The novel was released on April 11, 2017.[3] A follow-up, Thrawn: Alliances, was slated for publication on June 26, 2018,[4] before being delayed to a July 24, 2018 release.

At the Comic Con Revolution 2018, Zahn revealed that he has actually two more books about Thrawn on his deal, but these are currently in limbo until Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker finishes filming.[5] Additionally, he has expressed interest too in writing another novel featuring Thrawn teaming up with another character or writing a novel about Wullf Yularen.[6] A third Thrawn book entitled Thrawn: Treason, was released on July 23, 2019.[7]

The Thrawn TrilogyEdit

The Hand of Thrawn DuologyEdit

Star Wars: ThrawnEdit

The Ascendancy TrilogyEdit

  • Chaos Rising (2020)
  • Thrawn: The Ascendancy Trilogy 2
  • Thrawn: The Ascendancy Trilogy 3

Other novelsEdit

Comic booksEdit

Short storiesEdit

Roleplaying scenariosEdit

Considered ideasEdit

On April 25, 2014 the announcement of Star Wars Legends rendered the Expanded Universe largely non-canon, including characters such as Thrawn and Mara Jade Skywalker, as well as the general conception of events following the film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Events from that era in the galaxy are covered in a new, re-booted canon featured in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[1] In July of 2016, it was announced that Zahn would author the novel Thrawn, featuring a canon version of the character,[2] and the title was published on April 11, 2017.[8] Prior the announcement of the new continuity, Zahn had floated a number of ideas for further stories within the Legends continuity, the publication of which is currently unlikely due to Disney's current lack of interest in publishing further Legends titles.

  • Prior to being contracted to write a ninth novel, Zahn had expressed an interest in writing more Star Wars novels and specified a number of plot ideas, including stories about the Skywalker family, the further adventures of the Hand of Judgment, and more of Thrawn and Mara's backstories.[9]
  • At Celebration III, Zahn said he would like to write a novel set after Legacy of the Force featuring Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade Skywalker, and a teenage Ben. But the possibility of a novel with the Skywalker family in this time period ended when Mara died in Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice. However, in a later interview with Zahn has said he still wants to do a Skywalker family novel or more tales of the Skywalker family with Luke, Mara, and Ben, but it would have to be set before Legacy of the Force.[9] In response to a fan's question at a writer's workshop, Zahn said that, if given the choice, he would love to write a Skywalker family novel with Luke, Mara and Ben before Mara's death.
  • In response to a fan's question (also at C3) he stated he would be interested in revisiting the character of Thrawn if it involved a new threat that only a clone of the Grand Admiral could solve. The clone would become unsure of himself due to the massive expectations placed upon him. Zahn said at a book signing with the 501st in Philadephia that he would like the Thrawn clone to team up with Ben Skywalker.[10]
  • He has stated that he's written a story detailing how Baron Soontir Fel leaves Imperial service and joins the Chiss Ascendancy, but it was never published.
  • In a Facebook Q/A Zahn stated that he had a trilogy project to pitch to LFL, with one book heavily featuring Thrawn and the Chiss, the second involving Mara Jade preventing an assassination attempt on Vader, and where the third book would also be the third book in the Hand of Judgment series. The proposed series title was The Maestro Trilogy.[11]


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