Star Wars by Timothy Zahn
Outbound Flight

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It began as the ultimate voyage of discovery–only to become the stuff of lost Republic legend . . . and a dark chapter in Jedi history. Now, at last, acclaimed author Timothy Zahn returns to tell the whole extraordinary story of the remarkable–and doomed–Outbound Flight Project.

The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and fifty thousand men, women, and children will embark–aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel–on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start–until Master C’baoth foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set in motion the dream of Outbound Flight.

Or so it would seem. For unknown to the famed Jedi Master, the successful launch of the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who has his own reasons for wanting Outbound Flight to move forward . . . and, ultimately, to fail.

Yet Darth Sidious is not the mission’s most dangerous challenge. Once underway, the starship crosses paths at the edge of Unknown Space with the forces of the alien Chiss Ascendancy and the brilliant mastermind best known as “Thrawn.” Even Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, aboard Outbound Flight with his young Padawan student, Anakin Skywalker, cannot help avert disaster. Thus what begins as a peaceful Jedi mission is violently transformed into an all-out war for survival against staggering odds–and the most diabolical of adversaries.

Timothy Zahn’s unique mix of espionage, political gamesmanship, and deadly interstellar combat breathes electrifying life into a Star Wars legend.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
 

About Timothy Zahn

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Timothy Zahn's Star Wars novels have more than four million copies in print. Since 1978 he has written nearly seventy short stories and novelettes, nineteen novels, and three short fiction collections, and won the 1984 Hugo Award for best novella. He is best known for his six Star Wars books (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, and Survivor's Quest). He lives with his family on the Oregon coast.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by LucasBooks. 464 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hugo winner Zahn, author of five previous Star Wars novels (Heir to the Empire , etc.), serves up another G-rated crowd-pleaser in the bestselling franchise series.

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Examiner

To my mind, there aren't enough Star Wars books that maintain that light-hearted sense of adventure that permeates Star Wars.

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Suite 101

Often confused with fantasy literature, magical realism has its own defining characteristics that sets it apart as a separate and popular genre.

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USA Today

If anyone can get down and dirty in various galactic hives of scum and villainy, it's Han Solo.That scruffiest of nerf-herders and fan-favorite Star Wars antihero is put in an Ocean's Eleven situation in Timothy Zahn's novel Star Wars: Scoundrels, a tome to tide Solo aficionados over while they w...

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Tor

“Star Wars meets Ocean's Eleven” is the quick pitch for Star Wars: Scoundrels, but that sells the book short by a few parsecs.

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ISFDB Bibliography Timothy Zahn Interview Another Timothy Zahn Interview Star Wars Site The Official Mark Hamill Home Page Star Wars Forum Lucas Arts Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment This is the first book of the two-volume series The Hand of Thrawn, by award-winning autho...

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ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Manta's Gift In his introduction to Star Song and Other Stories, Timothy Zahn explains that he has always liked short stories, and especially short story collections.

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Acclaimed writer Timothy Zahn was given the task of creating a continuation of the Star Wars Saga, giving readers their first glimpse into was to be known as The Expanded Universe.

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ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Night Train to Rigel SF Site Review: The Green And The Gray SF Site Review: Star Song and Other Stories SF Site Review: Manta's Gift SF Site Review: Angelmass SF Site Review: Icarus Hunt SF Site Review: Star Wars: Specter of the Past Next year marks ...

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ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Star Wars: Outbound Flight SF Site Review: Night Train to Rigel SF Site Review: The Green And The Gray SF Site Review: Star Song and Other Stories SF Site Review: Manta's Gift SF Site Review: Angelmass SF Site Review: Icarus Hunt SF Site Review: Star War...

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SF Signal

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has always been my favorite of the movies because of the darker tone and so Heir to the Empire hits the sweet spot in that department.

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Wired

After several disappointments in the mid-1990s, I stopped reflexively reading every Star Wars Expanded Universe book that came out.

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Fangirl

The flow of the book is classic Zahn: introduce a bunch of elements separately and spend the first half of the book drawing them all together to the same place, followed by a second half of the book that’s nonstop mayhem.

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Fangirl

Scoundrels does have the bonus that you don’t have to have read any other Star Wars book to appreciate this story, but if you have read other books, they’ll be extra bits for you to indulge in, too.

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