ConGlomeration is thrilled to announce that legendary Star Wars novelist Timothy Zahn will be our 2019 Author Guest of Honor.
As our Guest of Honor, Tim will headline our Writing & Publishing and General Fandom programs at ConGlomeration 2019, which will be held Easter weekend — April 19-21 — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY.
Tim is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, with his Thrawn Trilogy — which introduced the infamous villain Grand Admiral Thrawn to Star Wars canon, as well the Imperial capital planet of Coruscant, and the assassin-turned-hero Mara Jade — kickstarting widespread interest in the SWEU in 1991.
Even as these works have been relegated to “Legends” status, Tim’s creations proved so popular and so compelling that they have since been reintroduced to canon, with Tim himself writing the new authorized backstory of his most famous creation in the novel Thrawn.
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In some circles Timothy Zahn is known as “the man who saved Star Wars.” Difficult as it may be for younger fans to imagine, after the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983, interest in Star Wars began to wane.
Follow-up releases in the franchise, including two made-for-television Ewok Adventure films and a children’s animated series (notably missing any of the movies’ protagonists or villains), threatened to relegate Star Wars to mere kiddie fare, abandoned by the rest of pop culture.
Tim’s novel Heir to the Empire, which set out to depict the fate of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, the Rebellion, and the Empire after the events of Return of the Jedi, treated the Star Wars universe as serious science fantasy and revived interest in the franchise at just the right time.
Still, despite being the hero that saved Luke Skywalker, there’s more to Timothy Zahn than just Star Wars.
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But for a twist of fate, Tim would have been a doctoral physicist. Tim attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died, and Tim never completed his PhD.
Fortunately, in 1975, he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and his work was good enough that Tim became a professional writer. His fallback career seems to have worked out alright.
Over the past four decades, Tim has become one of science fiction’s most popular voices, known for pitting realistic human characters against a well-researched background of future science and technology. He has published over forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction.
Best known for his many Star Wars novels, Tim is also the author of the Blackcollar series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors series, the young-adult Dragonback series, and the Quadrail/Frank Compton series. He has also contributed to the Honor Harrington, Terminator, and Starcraft universes of science fiction. Along the way, Tim won the Hugo Award for his novella Cascade Point.
Today, Tim continues to write science fiction, including Star Wars tie-ins, because why stop doing what you’re good at? Tim and his wife Anna live in Bandon, Oregon. They have a son, Corwin Zahn.
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Timothy Zahn’s ConGlomeration 2019 Appearances
Below you’ll find all the scheduled programming events for Timothy Zahn during ConGlomeration 2019. But Tim is “part of the family” now, so rather than micromanage every moment of his time, he’ll also be hanging out in community spaces, signing books in the Dealers Room, enjoying free snacks in the Hospitality Suite, and maybe even throwing down some dice in our Game Room. You can absolutely find Tim at the times and places below, but he’ll also be part of our broader fandom family reunion. Come join us!
You can view our full program lineup here.
Friday, April 19
“Dissecting Star Wars”
4pm | Elliott
The Star Wars franchise is a worldwide phenomenon that has captured the imaginations of millions. But what about the story has made it so successful? Why do we love the world and characters so? Join our 2019 Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn and a panel of Star Wars enthusiasts to dissect the universe and find out what has made it what it is today.
“Writing Great Plot Twists”
5pm | Elliott
If you’ve ever read any of Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn‘s books, you’ve read a great plot twist. Zahn is a master of weaving intriguing stories with rich plots that inevitably blindside you with a brilliant twist at the end. Join us as we ply Timothy Zahn with questions and get to the bottom of how, exactly, he writes such great twists.
“ConGlomeration 2019 Opening Ceremonies and Guests of Honor Meet & Greet”
8pm | Elliott
Join us in welcoming the 2019 Guests of Honor — including Author Timothy Zahn — for our big Fandom Family Reunion. Come see who’s here and learn what we’ve got planned for this year’s festivities!
“What Would Thrawn Do?”
8:30pm | Elliott
Gran Moff Tarkin did not believe the rebels could pose a threat to the Death Star, but what would Thrawn do? Darth Vader pursued the Millennium Falcon into an asteroid field, but what would Thrawn do? The Emperor allowed Luke Skywalker the use of his lightsaber during his captivity on the second Death Star, but what would Thrawn do? Join Author Guest of Honor and Grand Admiral Thrawn creator Timothy Zahn for a light- (or perhaps dark-) hearted commentary on various scenes of the Empire’s decision points from the perspective of Thrawn!
Saturday, April 20
10am | Perry
It’s the character we all know and love (or love to hate), the brilliant admiral, the wily tactician, the chilling villain. Join us as we hear from Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn about what went into the creation of this iconic character and what the future holds for our very own Admiral Thrawn.
World in an Hour”
11am | Elliott
Hosted by Brian Cooksey (Play On Target and Armor Goes Clank). An audience-participation exercise which will produce a setting suitable for gaming or fiction. Guest-starring Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn!
“Writing As A Career”
2pm | Perry
Writing as a career is not for the faint of heart, nor for the lover of sleep, sanity, or a steady income. Yet there are those possessed with a certain passion who have forged ahead anyway. Join us to hear from several career authors — including Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn— on how they got to where they were and how they make the life work for them.
“Jammed Transmissions Live Podcast Recording”
3pm | Elliott
Come join the studio audience for a live recording of Jammed Transmissions – A Star Wars Podcast. Legendary Star Wars novelist and Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn will talk shop with JT crew and you don’t want to miss it
7pm | Perry
What does it take to write collaboratively? How do multiple authors logistically share one piece of work? Who writes what parts? How do you stop yourself from killing your writing partner? Authors who have written collaborative works — including Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn and Michael Z. Williamson — will share their answers to these common questions and problems.
Sunday, April 21
“Guests of Honor: Last Call”
1pm | Elliott
Final chance to say farewell to the 2019 Guests of Honor as well as a sneak peak at what we have planned for 2020. Come say adieu, get that last autograph, and get the scoop on what’s ahead.
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