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Imperial Monarche
03-04-2003, 03:25 PM
i read somewhere that Tim Zahn is writing a book based on Thrawn when he was a young commander for the Chiss military and the destruction of the Outbound Flight Project. Does anybody know the progress of this and does this mean that Zahn is going to be writing about prequal characters like Anakin and Padme instead of the OT characters? Also, when did the destruction of the Outbound Flight Project take place? Clone wars?

El Chuxter
03-04-2003, 04:43 PM
I read something about this a while back, but don't remember the names or release dates off-hand. Zahn's writing two new books, one set in the Clone Wars and the other during the brief period between the Union comic series and Vector Prime

The first deals with a young Thrawn and how he destroys the Outbound Project and comes to the attention of Palpatine. I suspect this will clear up a few seeming discrepancies between Zahn's earlier descriptions of the Clone Wars and what the Clone Wars are actually turning out to be.

In the other, the Chiss have discovered the remains of Outbound Project and invite Luke and Mara to investigate it. This should let our "present day" heroes learn quite a bit about their heritage (along the lines of what I expect Tatooine Ghost to do in a few short days), and explain why Luke suddenly knows there even was a Jedi Council by the time Vector Prime rolls around.

These being by Zahn and pre-dating the NJO, I expect co-starring roles from Corran Horn, Kieran Halcyon, Jag Fel, Pellaeon, Elegos A'kla, Jorus (and possibly Joruus) C'Baoth, and Rogue Squadron.

OC47150
03-07-2003, 03:42 PM
At the NJO writers symposium at SW Celebration 2, one of the publishing company reps hinted that Zahn may be writing a book for the NJO arc. That was almost a year ago and I haven't heard or read anything else on the matter.

I thoroughly enjoy Zahn's books.

El Chuxter
03-07-2003, 03:55 PM
Originally posted by OC47150
At the NJO writers symposium at SW Celebration 2, one of the publishing company reps hinted that Zahn may be writing a book for the NJO arc. That was almost a year ago and I haven't heard or read anything else on the matter.

There are only four more books in the NJO series, and it's wrapping up in November. (Thankfully, because otherwise there might not be any galaxy left. :)) Maybe the reps got confused by these two hardcovers he's writing for 2004 and 2005 release.

Darth Evil
03-08-2003, 08:26 AM
I wonder where it'll go after NJO? They do have the Clone Wars, but what'll the OT characters do after NJO?

El Chuxter
06-20-2003, 11:46 AM
BIG NEWS!!!

The Official Site (http://www.starwars.com/eu/news/2003/06/news20030617b.html) has some info on Survivor's Quest and the cover (http://www.starwars.com/eu/news/2003/06/img/sq_bg.jpg) online now!


From the Official Site
Fan favorite and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn returns to the Star Wars universe with Survivor's Quest, an exciting and dangerous adventure featuring Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker.

The story begins with a message from a surprising source: Nirauan, the planet where Thrawn, dangerous disciple of Emperor Palpatine, once held sway; and from which Luke and Mara barely escaped with their lives. After fifty years, the remains of Outbound Flight -- a pioneering Jedi expedition viciously destroyed by Thrawn -- have been found on Nirauan. Now, the fiercely honor-bound aliens who reside there wish to turn over the remnants of the doomed mission to the New Republic.

Joining Luke and Mara Jade on their strange journey are an officer of the post-Palpatine Empire, escorted by a detachment of Imperial stormtroopers; a party of diplomats from a gentle alien species that reveres the fallen Jedi for saving them from blood-thirsty conquerors; and a New Republic ambassador who harbors his own mysterious agenda. Survivor's Quest hardcover novel is scheduled for release on February 2004.

Ooh, I can't wait! I'm getting all giddy!! :cool:

OC47150
06-20-2003, 12:20 PM
Great news!

Eternal Padawan
06-20-2003, 05:30 PM
That Celebration II symposium also strongly hinted at a novel centered on Boba Fett's involvement during the Yuzhan Vong war. Apparently he was in cahoots with the Peace Brigade and they double cross him and he has to open a can of clone whupass on them and his efforts indirectly tip the war in favor of the Republic, but noone ever knows about it. So in effect, Fett wins the war for the good guys...:)

El Chuxter
06-20-2003, 05:35 PM
Are you being serious, EP? (I think so, but just want to be sure.) I think it'd be cool if, before he finally dies of old age, Boba Fett fights alongside the Jedi against the Yuuzhan Vong.

But if it goes down like you describe. . . wow. That would be a serious spanner in the works. I guess the Yuuzhan Vong incursion could be referred to as Clone War II. :D

Jedi Leanne
06-20-2003, 05:40 PM
Boba Fett fighting along side the Jedi? Have you read the young Boba Fett books? He's none too friendly with the Jedi. :)

Eternal Padawan
06-22-2003, 08:21 AM
Well, it sounded cool. But if we've only got three books left it looks like its not gonna happen. Unless they do a Tales of the New Jedi Order anthology. Or maybe Stackpole could kick it with a continuation of the Rogue Squadron books.

El Chuxter
01-13-2004, 02:43 PM
February 3, y'all. Three short weeks from today, and the master returns!! :D

The inside cover for Ruins of Dantooine also has a little ad for it.

dr_evazan22
01-14-2004, 02:04 AM
I made a seperate thread not tknowing this one was around, but Zahn will be doing a book tour. I read about it on TFN, and, unfortunately, I don't have a link but they do. He will be making 2 appearances in the DC area (the closest to me, in the Philly area).

El Chuxter
02-14-2004, 02:35 PM
Fifty pages in. (I was cheap and ordered it online again, so it just arrived.) So far, so good.

The Chiss aren't quite what I expected, having seen more of Thrawn's group in the past. I've got to double-check now: in the end of the NJO, do Luke and company search through the archives of the "mainline" Chiss or Thrawn's "Empire of the Hand" Chiss? (The second seems more likely, since Thrawn was responsible for mapping the Unknown Regions for a couple of decades.)

Some pretty major spoiler info regarding a question about the OT that popped up immediately after AOTC and has been debated nonstop since:
(Highlight to read)
Stormtroopers are definitely clones.

bobafrett
02-14-2004, 02:47 PM
Keep your eyes open for mention of the 501st. It's dedicated to a little costuming club that I'm proud to be a part of. We have had members at almost each of his book signings!

El Chuxter
02-14-2004, 03:11 PM
Yeah, I caught that early on, but didn't want to spoil the fun for anyone else who might giggle (like I did) at that mention. :)

I'm not a member of the 501st (the costume club or Vader's elite Stormtrooper squad), but I am constantly in awe of the great jobs y'all do! :sur:

Bel-Cam Jos
04-09-2004, 10:27 AM
I realized I'd finished this book over a week ago, and hadn't commented on it.

Two words:
Eh.

That's how dull it was; bad math is better. I guess Zahn has fallen victim to the greatest of blunders: starting a land war in Asia. :ermm: No, no, no. He fell victim to his own success. One of SW's best writers would have to keep up the high quality for a long time to remain a best writer. This one was just dull, sorry to say. I won't pull spoilers, but let's say that this was yet another case of "this book could have been included in the continuity or not, and there'd have been little difference." Jedi fight; they win. Aliens fight; they usually lose. We get some info from the prequel era; we're left wondering how other info was found out. And at the end, very little is different than before, except the "now we know (which we the readers really don't) more about ourselves and where the future leads" aspect. The phrase New Jedi Order is mentioned (in capital letters; I expected the TM or circled C after), which serves as a lead-in to the NJO series.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it the dreaded 6.5 (not bad, above average, but not great either). :(

Bel-Cam Jos
04-23-2004, 06:36 PM
I was less than thrilled with Survivor's Quest after I read it, so I was kinda down about Zahn being quite possibly the SW EU's best author. Well, while it may not be Star Wars, pick up his The Icarus Hunt. It will remind you why he is such a skilled, detail-oriented writer. Brilliant!

I am attending the Los Angeles Festival of Books this weekend, and there's a panel where he is there to talk about fables and fantasy. I'm gonna ask him all my great questions!

1) If you could be an organically-grown vegetable, which would you be?

2) Why is green?

3) If two trains are both travelling at 60 KPH, one going east and the other going north, how many woodchucks can spill milk in the forest on the other side of the pot of gold?

4) Will you sign my forehead?

5) Are you an angel?

What? What??

;) :p

sith_killer_99
04-24-2004, 09:06 AM
I was less than thrilled with Survivor's Quest after I read it, so I was kinda down about Zahn being quite possibly the SW EU's best author.

Hmmm, so who would be better? I mean when you compare him to the others...James Luceno, Michael Stackpole, Kevin Anderson, Troy Denning, mmm I can't even remember the others. The only one that could come close would be R. A. Salvatore. I still think Zahn is the greatest.


1) If you could be an organically-grown vegetable, which would you be?

He would be a carrot, because they are orange. (watching out for a certain missing forum member, whose name I dare not invoke :crazed: )


2) Why is green?

Yellow and Blue!


3) If two trains are both travelling at 60 KPH, one going east and the other going north, how many woodchucks can spill milk in the forest on the other side of the pot of gold?

Square root of 69.


4) Will you sign my forehead?

Only if you sign his belly.


5) Are you an angel?

That's....complicated.

:alien:

Bel-Cam Jos
04-25-2004, 10:29 PM
I got to see Zahn today at the Festival of Books, but I didn't get to ask him any questions. He has a pretty good wit and he's not too big on himself. Cool dude!

OC47150
04-26-2004, 07:06 AM
And I was waiting on pins and needles to know the answers to your questions! LOL!

sith_killer_99
04-26-2004, 11:20 AM
I decided to check out the new book on CD, it is the abridged version. I will let you know how it goes. ;)

Bel-Cam Jos
04-26-2004, 06:21 PM
BTW, Zahn said he'll have his 7th SW book out in '05.
Some of the details from the panel:

He considers himself more of a visual writer.
He often travels to places to get a feel for the environment he'll use for the setting.
He suggests writing short fiction first if you're interesting in being a sci-fi novelist.
He drinks Coca Cola.
He makes awful puns. :eek:
He likes to break up his descriptions into smaller chunks instead of longer passages.
He wore all black when it was 90+ degrees outside. :confused:
He was cool. :cool: