That year arrived earlier than expected. In July 1979, his thesis adviser died suddenly of a heart attack—ironically, the same day Zahn received word that his second story had been bought by Analog. With three years of work on his thesis project effectively wiped out, he worked for another semester on a new project. But by that time writing had become far more interesting to him than physics. And so, in January 1980, he left the university and began the grand experiment. With his wife of five months, Anna, working full-time to support them, Zahn produced eighteen stories that first year.
Since then Zahn has published over a hundred short stories and novelettes, fifty-three novels, and five short fiction collections. Along the way he has won a Hugo Award (for the novella “Cascade Point,” in 1984) and has been nominated twice more. He is best known for his eleven Star Wars books (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, Choices of One, Scoundrels, and Thrawn).
His latest books are A Call to Arms, the second of the Manticore Ascendant series with David Weber; StarCraft: Evolution; Star Wars: Thrawn; and Pawn: Sibyl’s War Book 1. Upcoming books include Cobra Traitor, the third of the Cobra Rebellion trilogy; A Call to Vengeance (with David Weber), and Knight: Sibyl’s War Book 2.
You can contact him at Facebook.com/TimothyZahn.