Now their living nightmare just got worse.
For the two of you who cut school the day we discussed Timothy Zahn in Chad class, he is the multi-award-winning, multi-best-selling author of at least one of your top ten favorite books.
Members of Generations X and Y are fond of pointing out how Star Wars vanished from the scene in the early 80s and didn’t come back for a decade. Timothy Zahn is why it came back. He didn’t spearhead the Expanded Universe, but he firmly established it as a cultural institution with his seminal Thrawn Trilogy.
Many creators–including George Lucas and JJ Abrams–tried to tell Star Wars stories that matched the original trilogy’s quality. Zahn succeeded where they all failed. He’s such a Chad, his books’ popularity forced Lucas’ hand when it came to naming the Republic’s capital.
You have Timothy Zahn to thank for all of your favorite Expanded Universe stories–even the ones he didn’t write. Because without the Thrawn books, it’s doubtful the EU would have been as successful as it was or attracted the talent it did.
The word “Legend” gets thrown around a lot. This is one situation in which it definitely applies.
Timothy Zahn is a science fiction legend.
And he’s going indie.
Newpub authors have been predicting high-profile defections from oldpub for years. The battered spouse mentality engendered by the Big Five publishers kept their exploited talent on the reservation longer than expected, but now their business model’s collapse has finally prompted an A+ list author to jump the fence.
You can be sure that Zahn won’t be the last.
If you submitted a book to Tor, Penguin House, or Simon & Schuster, expect a delay getting your rejection letter. All their interns are busy keeping their editors on around-the-clock suicide watch.
In the meantime, reward Mr. Zahn’s wisdom by picking up a copy of his self-published novella.
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