Timothy Zahn has published nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, over forty novels, and four short fiction collections. After spending way too many years studying physics, he quit two years short of a doctorate and began a full-time career writing science fiction. Along the way he won a Hugo Award in 1984 for the novella “Cascade Point” and was nominated twice more. He is best known for his nine 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, and Choices of One. Other books include the Quadrail series, the Blackcollar series, the Cobra series, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His most recent books are Cobra Gamble, the final book of the Cobra War trilogy, and Judgment at Proteus, the final book of the Quadrail series. Upcoming projects include Cobra Slave, the first book of the Cobra Rebellion trilogy, Pawn, the first book of the Sibyl’s War series; and Star Wars: Scoundrels, an Ocean’s Eleven-type heist caper.