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Fans of classic Star Wars spin-off fiction - and especially fans of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade - will love this adventure that weaves together past and present in the Star Wars galaxy.

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Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novellas, and four short-fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision for the Future, Survivor's Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, Choices of One, and Scoundrels), with more than four million copies of his books in print. Other books inlcude the Cobra series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series. Zahn has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and an M.S. from the University of Illinois. He lives with his family on the Oregon coast.

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When the mysterious race known as the Chiss decides to atone for its part in the destruction of the Outbound Flight Project, that people chooses to turn over the location of the stranded ship to none other than Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker. The Skywalkers are joined by an odd assortment of interested individuals, including members of the Chiss, an ambassador of the New Republic, a group of enigmatic aliens, and an elite unit of Stormtroopers-all of whom have their own reasons for seeking out the Outbound Flight. Set in the period before the New Jedi Order novels, Zahn's latest contribution to the growing body of Star WarsR-based literature features the fast-paced action, clever dialog, and intriguing characterizations of the films. This first-rate space opera belongs in most sf collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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. Regulars will recognize the cast, but newcomers may raise an eyebrow to learn that Luke Skywalker, whom they lovingly left as a youth on a screen in a galaxy far away, is now a married man. His wife, Mara Jade, is, however, no simple suburbanite clutching little Skywalkers. Having spent her early years innocently supporting a dictator, she now flies beside her husband, content to swap technological chitchat instead of romantic twaddle. She is, after all, a Jedi Knight, the equal of her Master Jedi husband and just as handy at wielding a blazing light saber. The alien Chiss, inadvertently or otherwise, have shot down Outbound Flight, the fabulous lost group of super dreadnoughts bearing more than 50,000 people into the most distant reaches of space, a scenario reminiscent of Robert A. Heinlein's classic Universe, if without the cosmological wonder. Now, half a century later, many species have assembled to locate the wreckage. To their surprise, when they discover the remains, survivors uninterested in being saved inhabit them. To no one's surprise, Luke and Mara are up to the situation's needs. Full of action and more twists than a corkscrew, this stand-alone SF adventure novel is sure to satisfy its target teen audience. (Feb. 3) Forecast: More than four million copies of Zahn's Star Wars books are in print. With a five-city author tour and original e-book tie-in novella available in January, expect this one to soar up the lists. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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