Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction since 1975. Since then he has published nearly seventy short stories and novelettes, nineteen novels, and three short fiction collections. He is best known for his five Star Wars books (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, and Vision of the Future). He has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in physics from the University of Illinois. He lives with his family on the Oregon coast.