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9th Mar '13 1:41:45 PM FredFoobar
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[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Timothy_Zahn Timothy Zahn]] is a ScienceFiction, {{Fantasy}} and SpaceOpera author, best known for writing TheThrawnTrilogy, one of the founding contributions to the StarWarsExpandedUniverse. Among fans, he's often considered to be among the best, if not ''the'' best, of StarWars authors. There are a number of factors involved in that, including his respect for Imperial characters, his ability to write immensely complicated and detailed plots, the fact that he reads and uses the other books in the EU, and his habit of foreshadowing things that will be revisited years later in different books.

In the Thrawn trilogy, he [[JustifiedTrope justified]] or filled in almost all of the original three movies' {{Technobabble}}, [[LeftHanging Loose Ends]], ScotchTape, and [[PlotHole Plot Holes]], resulting in a [[MagicAIsMagicA consistent universe]] with [[MinovskyPhysics coherent rules]]. Years after the Thrawn trilogy, he wrote the HandOfThrawn duology, renowned for [[FixFic fixing]] a lot of [[CharacterDerailment odd details]] that had appeared in [[RoundRobin subsequent novels]], pairing up Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker, and having the New Republic finally sign a [[PeaceConference peace treaty]] with the Imperial Remnant.

He has also written ''[[SurvivorsQuest Survivor's Quest]]'', ''OutboundFlight'', ''{{StarWars/Allegiance}}'', and ''{{StarWars/Choices of One}}''. An interview dealing with that is [[http://gabri-jade.livejournal.com/206266.html here]].

Zahn has written a number of short stories, two of them in collaboration with MichaelStackpole of the XWingSeries. The two authors seem to get along pretty well, and while Zahn freely involves characters introduced by other authors, he uses Stackpole's characters more specifically - all of the Rogues have at least one line, though most of them aren't directly named. He and Stackpole also wrote ''The Reenlistment of Baron Fel'' but, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen agonizingly]], this hasn't been published.

And when the fandom takes an author and promotes him as the example of [[FixFic how to fix messes made by other authors]], you ''know'' he's good.

Recently a lot of his characters have been getting killed off unceremoniously. Reputedly, he knows that although he created them he doesn't have a say in how they die, but he's still a bit annoyed that none of the authors doing so bothered contacting him.

A prolific author, he's also written numerous books outside of Star Wars, including the {{Dragonback}} series, TheConquerorsTrilogy, TheCobraTrilogy (sequel series has just started back up), the QuadrailSeries, the {{Blackcollar}} trilogy and several short stories set in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' setting. Non-series science fiction books include ''Manta's Gift'', ''The Green and the Grey'' and ''Angelmass''.
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!!Tropes characteristic of Timothy Zahn's work (only include if they appear in at least two of his works):
* BadassFamily: The Moreaus in ''TheCobraTrilogy'', the Cavanaghs in ''TheConquerorsTrilogy'', the Skywalker/Solos in his ''[[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars]]'' books.
* TheChessmaster: Often both sides have them, leading to a GambitPileup.
* LesCollaborateurs and LaResistance: Most prominent in ''Blackcollar'', but also appear in ''Cobra'' and others.
* DeathWorld: Specifically, jungle planets where the death factor stems from the ecosystem consisting of EverythingTryingToKillYou. Examples include Granparra in ''Conquerors'', Caelian in ''Cobra'' and to a lesser extent Myrkr in his ''StarWars'' books.
* FantasticRacism
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Both within a book and between books in a series. Rereading a Zahn book will inevitably provoke a series of "oh, ''right!''"s from the reader as the significance of apparently meaningless points and enigmatic hints is now known.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: How an apparently inconsequential ability can prove vital in the right place at the right time. Particularly prominent in his short stories.
* MagicAIsMagicA: Defining rules for how FantasticScience elements work, and then coming up with clever ways to get around those rules. Did this for the StarWarsExpandedUniverse as well as featuring it in his own universes.
* MagnificentBastard: Grand Admiral Thrawn in his ''StarWars'' books, Damon Lathe in ''Blackcollar''. Tends to overlap with MilitaryMaverick.
* MindManipulation: A major part of many of Zahn's works: [[TheThrawnTrilogy C'baoth]], [[QuadrailSeries the Modhri]], ''Angelmass'', the ''Blackcollar'' books, [[TheCobraTrilogy telepathic animals]], etc. The forms of it shown range from beneficent to nightmarish, but Zahn's characters tend to be very suspicious of any kind of mental influence, even in its most benign forms.
* {{Precursors}}: Often NeglectfulPrecursors.
* PunctuationShaker / TheUnpronounceable: His alien names. However, they also generally work on internally consistent rules specific to a species (which, in the case of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, pretty much every other author fails to get right when writing about a Zahn-created species).
* TheReveal, RedHerring, TomatoInTheMirror, and similar (no examples to avoid spoilers)
* RousseauWasRight: There are some truly evil characters in his works, but many more examples of characters who consider themselves bad people but turn out to be [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold anything but]].
* SealedBadassInACan: Usually in the form of some technology or military materiel that could be used by either side to tip the balance in a war, and they race to be the first to get it.
* ShoutOut: In particular allusions to mythology and those in the form of [[PunnyName puns]].
* SpaceOpera
* SuperSoldier: In particular [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] the concept and examining the BlessedWithSuck aspects. The Cobras from ''Cobra'', the Blackcollars from ''Blackcollar'', the Copperheads from ''Conquerors''.
* {{Xenofiction}} and HumansThroughAlienEyes

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[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Timothy_Zahn Timothy Zahn]] is a ScienceFiction, {{Fantasy}} and SpaceOpera author, best known for writing TheThrawnTrilogy, one of the founding contributions to the StarWarsExpandedUniverse. Among fans, he's often considered to be among the best, if not ''the'' best, of StarWars authors. There are a number of factors involved in that, including his respect for Imperial characters, his ability to write immensely complicated and detailed plots, the fact that he reads and uses the other books in the EU, and his habit of foreshadowing things that will be revisited years later in different books.

In the Thrawn trilogy, he [[JustifiedTrope justified]] or filled in almost all of the original three movies' {{Technobabble}}, [[LeftHanging Loose Ends]], ScotchTape, and [[PlotHole Plot Holes]], resulting in a [[MagicAIsMagicA consistent universe]] with [[MinovskyPhysics coherent rules]]. Years after the Thrawn trilogy, he wrote the HandOfThrawn duology, renowned for [[FixFic fixing]] a lot of [[CharacterDerailment odd details]] that had appeared in [[RoundRobin subsequent novels]], pairing up Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker, and having the New Republic finally sign a [[PeaceConference peace treaty]] with the Imperial Remnant.

He has also written ''[[SurvivorsQuest Survivor's Quest]]'', ''OutboundFlight'', ''{{StarWars/Allegiance}}'', and ''{{StarWars/Choices of One}}''. An interview dealing with that is [[http://gabri-jade.livejournal.com/206266.html here]].

Zahn has written a number of short stories, two of them in collaboration with MichaelStackpole of the XWingSeries. The two authors seem to get along pretty well, and while Zahn freely involves characters introduced by other authors, he uses Stackpole's characters more specifically - all of the Rogues have at least one line, though most of them aren't directly named. He and Stackpole also wrote ''The Reenlistment of Baron Fel'' but, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen agonizingly]], this hasn't been published.

And when the fandom takes an author and promotes him as the example of [[FixFic how to fix messes made by other authors]], you ''know'' he's good.

Recently a lot of his characters have been getting killed off unceremoniously. Reputedly, he knows that although he created them he doesn't have a say in how they die, but he's still a bit annoyed that none of the authors doing so bothered contacting him.

A prolific author, he's also written numerous books outside of Star Wars, including the {{Dragonback}} series, TheConquerorsTrilogy, TheCobraTrilogy (sequel series has just started back up), the QuadrailSeries, the {{Blackcollar}} trilogy and several short stories set in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' setting. Non-series science fiction books include ''Manta's Gift'', ''The Green and the Grey'' and ''Angelmass''.
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!!Tropes characteristic of Timothy Zahn's work (only include if they appear in at least two of his works):
* BadassFamily: The Moreaus in ''TheCobraTrilogy'', the Cavanaghs in ''TheConquerorsTrilogy'', the Skywalker/Solos in his ''[[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars]]'' books.
* TheChessmaster: Often both sides have them, leading to a GambitPileup.
* LesCollaborateurs and LaResistance: Most prominent in ''Blackcollar'', but also appear in ''Cobra'' and others.
* DeathWorld: Specifically, jungle planets where the death factor stems from the ecosystem consisting of EverythingTryingToKillYou. Examples include Granparra in ''Conquerors'', Caelian in ''Cobra'' and to a lesser extent Myrkr in his ''StarWars'' books.
* FantasticRacism
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Both within a book and between books in a series. Rereading a Zahn book will inevitably provoke a series of "oh, ''right!''"s from the reader as the significance of apparently meaningless points and enigmatic hints is now known.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: How an apparently inconsequential ability can prove vital in the right place at the right time. Particularly prominent in his short stories.
* MagicAIsMagicA: Defining rules for how FantasticScience elements work, and then coming up with clever ways to get around those rules. Did this for the StarWarsExpandedUniverse as well as featuring it in his own universes.
* MagnificentBastard: Grand Admiral Thrawn in his ''StarWars'' books, Damon Lathe in ''Blackcollar''. Tends to overlap with MilitaryMaverick.
* MindManipulation: A major part of many of Zahn's works: [[TheThrawnTrilogy C'baoth]], [[QuadrailSeries the Modhri]], ''Angelmass'', the ''Blackcollar'' books, [[TheCobraTrilogy telepathic animals]], etc. The forms of it shown range from beneficent to nightmarish, but Zahn's characters tend to be very suspicious of any kind of mental influence, even in its most benign forms.
* {{Precursors}}: Often NeglectfulPrecursors.
* PunctuationShaker / TheUnpronounceable: His alien names. However, they also generally work on internally consistent rules specific to a species (which, in the case of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, pretty much every other author fails to get right when writing about a Zahn-created species).
* TheReveal, RedHerring, TomatoInTheMirror, and similar (no examples to avoid spoilers)
* RousseauWasRight: There are some truly evil characters in his works, but many more examples of characters who consider themselves bad people but turn out to be [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold anything but]].
* SealedBadassInACan: Usually in the form of some technology or military materiel that could be used by either side to tip the balance in a war, and they race to be the first to get it.
* ShoutOut: In particular allusions to mythology and those in the form of [[PunnyName puns]].
* SpaceOpera
* SuperSoldier: In particular [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] the concept and examining the BlessedWithSuck aspects. The Cobras from ''Cobra'', the Blackcollars from ''Blackcollar'', the Copperheads from ''Conquerors''.
* {{Xenofiction}} and HumansThroughAlienEyes

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24th Dec '12 12:09:28 PM Nohbody
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A prolific author, he's also written numerous books outside of Star Wars, including the {{Dragonback}} series, TheConquerorsTrilogy, TheCobraTrilogy (sequel series has just started back up), the QuadrailSeries, the {{Blackcollar}} trilogy and several short stories set in the ''Literature/{{Honorverse}}''. Non-series science fiction books include ''Manta's Gift'', ''The Green and the Grey'' and ''Angelmass''.

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A prolific author, he's also written numerous books outside of Star Wars, including the {{Dragonback}} series, TheConquerorsTrilogy, TheCobraTrilogy (sequel series has just started back up), the QuadrailSeries, the {{Blackcollar}} trilogy and several short stories set in the ''Literature/{{Honorverse}}''.''Literature/HonorHarrington'' setting. Non-series science fiction books include ''Manta's Gift'', ''The Green and the Grey'' and ''Angelmass''.
14th Dec '12 7:04:39 AM Crowqueen
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* LesCollaborateurs and LaResistance: Most prominent in ''Blackcollar'', but also appear in ''Cobra'' and others.



* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: How an apparently inconsequential ability can prove vital in the right place at the right time. Particularly prominent in his short stories.
* LaResistance and LesCollaborateurs: Most prominent in ''Blackcollar'', but also appear in ''Cobra'' and others.

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* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: How an apparently inconsequential ability can prove vital in the right place at the right time. Particularly prominent in his short stories.
* LaResistance and LesCollaborateurs: Most prominent in ''Blackcollar'', but also appear in ''Cobra'' and others.
stories.
7th Oct '12 3:04:00 PM Abodos
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Tropes characteristic of Timothy Zahn's work (only include if they appear in at least two of his works):

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Tropes !!Tropes characteristic of Timothy Zahn's work (only include if they appear in at least two of his works):
19th Aug '12 10:56:43 PM Doryna
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* MindManipulation: A major part of many of Zahn's works: [[TheThrawnTrilogy C'baoth]], [[QuadrailSeries the Modhri]], ''Angelmass'', the ''Blackcollar'' books, [[TheCobraTrilogy telepathic animals]], etc. The forms of it shown range from beneficent to HighOctaneNightmareFuel, but Zahn's characters tend to be very suspicious of any kind of mental influence, even in its most benign forms.

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* MindManipulation: A major part of many of Zahn's works: [[TheThrawnTrilogy C'baoth]], [[QuadrailSeries the Modhri]], ''Angelmass'', the ''Blackcollar'' books, [[TheCobraTrilogy telepathic animals]], etc. The forms of it shown range from beneficent to HighOctaneNightmareFuel, nightmarish, but Zahn's characters tend to be very suspicious of any kind of mental influence, even in its most benign forms.
12th Aug '12 9:46:03 AM WarriorEowyn
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A prolific author, he's also written numerous books outside of Star Wars, including the {{Dragonback}} series, TheConquerorsTrilogy, TheCobraTrilogy (sequel series has just started back up), the QuadrailSeries, the {{Blackcollar}} trilogy and several short stories set in the ''Literature/{{Honorverse}}''.

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A prolific author, he's also written numerous books outside of Star Wars, including the {{Dragonback}} series, TheConquerorsTrilogy, TheCobraTrilogy (sequel series has just started back up), the QuadrailSeries, the {{Blackcollar}} trilogy and several short stories set in the ''Literature/{{Honorverse}}''. Non-series science fiction books include ''Manta's Gift'', ''The Green and the Grey'' and ''Angelmass''.
12th Aug '12 9:44:41 AM WarriorEowyn
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* MindManipulation: A major part of many of Zahn's works: [[TheThrawnTrilogy C'baoth]], [[QuadrailSeries the Modhri]], ''Angelmass'', the ''Blackcollar'' books, [[TheCobraTrilogy telepathic animals]], etc. The forms of it shown range from beneficent to HighOctaneNightmareFuel, but Zahn's characters tend to be very suspicious of any kind of mental influence, even in its most benign forms (see [[spoiler: ''Angelmass'']]).
* {{Precursors}}: Often NeglectfulPrecursors.

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* MindManipulation: A major part of many of Zahn's works: [[TheThrawnTrilogy C'baoth]], [[QuadrailSeries the Modhri]], ''Angelmass'', the ''Blackcollar'' books, [[TheCobraTrilogy telepathic animals]], etc. The forms of it shown range from beneficent to HighOctaneNightmareFuel, but Zahn's characters tend to be very suspicious of any kind of mental influence, even in its most benign forms (see [[spoiler: ''Angelmass'']]).
forms.
* {{Precursors}}: Often NeglectfulPrecursors.
12th Aug '12 9:44:40 AM WarriorEowyn
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* MindManipulation: A major part of many of Zahn's works: [[TheThrawnTrilogy C'baoth]], [[QuadrailSeries the Modhri]], ''Angelmass'', the ''Blackcollar'' books, [[TheCobraTrilogy telepathic animals]], etc. The forms of it shown range from beneficent to HighOctaneNightmareFuel, but Zahn's characters tend to be very suspicious of any kind of mental influence, even in its most benign forms (see [[spoiler: ''Angelmass'']]).
* {{Precursors}}: Often NeglectfulPrecursors.

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* MindManipulation: A major part of many of Zahn's works: [[TheThrawnTrilogy C'baoth]], [[QuadrailSeries the Modhri]], ''Angelmass'', the ''Blackcollar'' books, [[TheCobraTrilogy telepathic animals]], etc. The forms of it shown range from beneficent to HighOctaneNightmareFuel, but Zahn's characters tend to be very suspicious of any kind of mental influence, even in its most benign forms (see [[spoiler: ''Angelmass'']]).
forms.
* {{Precursors}}: Often NeglectfulPrecursors.
12th Aug '12 9:41:05 AM WarriorEowyn
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* BadassFamily: The Moreaus in ''TheCobraTrilogy'', the Cavanaghs in ''TheConquerorsTrilogy'', the Skywalker/Solos in his ''[[StarWarsExpandedUniverse StarWars]]'' books.

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* BadassFamily: The Moreaus in ''TheCobraTrilogy'', the Cavanaghs in ''TheConquerorsTrilogy'', the Skywalker/Solos in his ''[[StarWarsExpandedUniverse StarWars]]'' Star Wars]]'' books.
12th Aug '12 9:40:51 AM WarriorEowyn
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* BadassFamily: The Moreaus in ''TheCobraTrilogy'', the Cavanaghs in ''TheConquerorsTrilogy'', the Skywalker/Solos in his [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''StarWars'']] books.

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* BadassFamily: The Moreaus in ''TheCobraTrilogy'', the Cavanaghs in ''TheConquerorsTrilogy'', the Skywalker/Solos in his [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''StarWars'']] ''[[StarWarsExpandedUniverse StarWars]]'' books.
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