That basically permanently killed my opinion of Tim Zahn. No matter what Tim Zahn thinks about Dark Empire, it's still a part of the Star Wars universe, it still has it's own fans, and it's just as valid a contribution to the universe as Thrawn and Pelly. Trying to dismiss an entire work offhand like that is rude, at best. I have a similar opinion of Stackpole - writing your OC into someone else's story, and then revleaing that, "nuh uh, I totes solved it, you're all idiots" is . . . not classy.