Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. There, he earned his M.S. in physics in 1975, continuing on for his doctorate. It was also at this time that he found a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more and more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978. In 1980 he left grad school and began writing full time.
Since then he has published fifty novels, over a hundred short stories and novelettes, and five collections of short fiction. Best known for his ten Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His latest books are Cobra Outlaw, the second of the Cobra Rebellion Trilogy; Cloak, a modern-day techno-thriller; Pawn's Gambit, his fifths short-story collection; A Call to Arms, the second of the Manticore Ascendant series with David Weber; and Soulminder. Upcoming books include A Call to Vengeance (with David Weber); StarCraft: Evolution; Pawn: A chronicle of the Sibyl's War; and Star Wars: Thrawn, a prequel to Grand Admiral Thrawn's appearance in Season Three of the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.
You can contact him at Facebook.com/TimothyZahn
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