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The Official Outbound Flight Discussion Thread (Spoilers Allowed)

Discussion in 'Literature' started by dp4m , Jan 9, 2006.

  1. dp4m

    dp4m Chosen One star 10

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    Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn

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    [blockquote]Since 1991, fans of Star Wars literature have wondered about the mysterious Outbound Flight project. This Fall, Del Rey and author Timothy Zahn will reveal all.
    First briefly mentioned in the watershed novel, Heir to the Empire, Outbound Flight was an ambitious project that sent an expeditionary mission of six Jedi Masters, 12 Jedi Knights and 50,000 men, women and children beyond the borders of known space to make contact with intelligent life. It was the brainchild of Jorus C'baoth, but even so influential a Jedi Master had to navigate the cumbersome Republic bureaucracy to get this monumental proposal approved.

    With the foiling of a murderous plot, C'baoth gained the influence he needed to get Outbound Flight underway. In truth, this turn of fortune was carefully engineered by Darth Sidious, the shadowy Sith Lord who wants Outbound Flight to begin, and ultimately, to fail.

    The mission is doomed from the start, for lurking within Unknown Space is the Chiss Ascendancy, and the brilliant alien mastermind who will someday become Grand Admiral Thrawn. Not even the presence of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his young Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker, aboard the gargantuan vessel can avert disaster.[/blockquote]

    To be released on 31-January.

    Previous discussion: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/18881949/]here[/link]

    Here's the current Author Event list for the Outbound Flight tour! [UPDATED 24-Jan]

    Thursday, February 9?PORTLAND, OR
    7:00pm
    Talk & Signing
    Powell?s Beaverton Store
    8725 SW Cascade Ave.
    Beaverton, OR
    Tel: 800/878-7323


    Friday, February 10?SAN FRANCISCO
    7:00pm
    Talk & Signing
    Bay Book & Tobacco Co.
    Strawflower Village Shopping Center
    80 North Cabrillo Highway
    Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
    Tel: 650/726-3488


    Wednesday, February 15, 2006?SEATTLE
    4pm
    Talk & Signing
    Fort Lewis Main Exchange
    Building 5280 Pendleton Avenue
    Fort Lewis, WA 98433
    Tel: 253/964-3161


    Thursday, February 16, 2006?SEATTLE
    7pm
    Talk & Signing
    University Bookstore
    4326 University Way NE
    Seattle WA 98105
    Tel: 206/634-3400

    Wednesday, February 22?MINNEAPOLIS
    7:00pm
    Talk & Signing
    Barnes & Noble
    2100 North Snelling Avenue
    Roseville, MN 55113
    Tel: 651/639-9256


    Thursday, February 23?CHICAGO
    12:30pm
    Talk & Signing
    Borders Books
    150 North State Street
    Chicago, IL 60601
    Tel: 312/606-0750

    Friday, February 24?DETROIT
    7pm
    Borders Books
    43075 Crescent Blvd.
    Novi, MI 48375
    Tel: 248/347-0780

    Saturday, February 25?SAN DIEGO
    2pm
    Talk & Signing
    Mysterious Galaxy Books
    7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92111
    Tel: 858/268-4747
     
  2. SoloFel_RebelGirl

    SoloFel_RebelGirl Jedi Knight star 5

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    Darn. Not coming anywhere near me.

    Very interesting...I wasn't planning on getting the book, but with Thrawn in it, I suppose I need to...

    I'll hang around for the spoilers.
     
  3. Rohniss

    Rohniss Jedi Padawan star 4

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    May 9, 2005
    Zahn Bashers will arrive in... 5.. 4..
     
  4. SlackJawedJedi

    SlackJawedJedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    May 28, 2004
    Ooo... Chiss have snappy uniforms....
     
  5. wild_karrde

    wild_karrde Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Anyone know the exact dating on this?
     
  6. Jacen-Vader

    Jacen-Vader Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Great more Chiss, and a CEDF Thrawn.
     
  7. dp4m

    dp4m Chosen One star 10

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    Presumably between TPM and AOTC as there's likely very little time between AOTC and ROTS for Ani-Wan to be dealing with Outbound Flight.
     
  8. Thanos6

    Thanos6 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Bloody authors, never come to the backwater (aka Southern) states where I live...
     
  9. Master_Keralys

    Master_Keralys VIP star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Definitely between TPM and AotC... I think either 2 or 3 years after Rogue Planet was the last dating I heard... Which I guess puts it almost exactly midway between the two movies? Seems like it'd be about 5-6 years after TPM with that dating, if I'm remembering right... I believe from the excerpt at the back of TUQ or some such place.

    EDIT: Just checked my timeline from the front of TSW. It's listed at 27 BBY, which is 2 years after Rogue Planet and 5 years after TPM and 5 years before AotC. So it is dead in the middle of it.

    Obviously we're going to see some good Cardas interactions, given that the entire preview included in TUQ was told from his perspective. Any guesses on other characters' heads into which we'll be seeing?

    - Keralys
     
  10. Zebra3

    Zebra3 Jedi Master star 5

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    Since it's a Zahn book, we'll obviously be seeing tons of Thrawn, C'bouth, and that other Jedi chick he introduced in Survivor's quest. Remember? She was the sister of the NR "ambassador" character. We'll get to see how she dies. I'm guessing we'll also get to see quite a bit of Obi-Wan and Anakin.
     
  11. wild_karrde

    wild_karrde Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I knew it was definatly after Rogue Planet, since that was supposed to be Ani's first mission or something. Anyone know when it takes place in relation to the Jedi Quest books?
     
  12. WitchKing66

    WitchKing66 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Jun 17, 2005
    awesome, it will be my first bought SW book in many years; timothy zahn's tag on a book is indeed the influencing factor
     
  13. Radical_Edward

    Radical_Edward Jedi Youngling star 3

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    That Chiss on the cover looks quite Russian. Reminds me of someone who would just be coming back from Stalingrad. I guess this goes with the unspoken trend to make characters as they appear on covers more Slavic-looking (see TFP)
     
  14. Sand_Hill

    Sand_Hill Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Hey, My town is up there.[face_dancing] I was thinking of waiting until the Paperback came out, but I should buy a hardcover and have him sign it.
     
  15. Commander5052

    Commander5052 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    *looks at cover* [face_hypnotized]
    Niiiiiiiiice.
     
  16. WitchKing66

    WitchKing66 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    i feel bad that Zahn cant use any cool vehicule of ep 2 and ep 3, sinse his book is btwn ep. 1 and 2 era
     
  17. Ackbar_Van_Gungan

    Ackbar_Van_Gungan Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Oct 14, 2004
    What is the best website to buy your book from if you want it delivered early. I have heard Walmart.com is fairly careless, any others?

    -The Rebel Gungan
     
  18. LordNeo

    LordNeo Jedi Master star 5

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    May 13, 2004
    I may have to buy the hardback :D
     
  19. Coonsan

    Coonsan Jedi Youngling star 2

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    i'm still trying to figure out how they shove anakin and obi-wan into this
     
  20. Astral_Bug

    Astral_Bug Jedi Knight star 1

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    My guess is Obi/Anakin action will be just in the first part of the book, maybe helping C'Baoth (assisting in that murder prevention, or something like that, iirc), but I can't imagine why would they go with the Outbound ship. Hopefuly there will be more on that jedi sister from SQ (nice subplot, btw).
    That TUQ excerpt however, didn't make me crazy enough to buy hardback.
     
  21. Jedi_Earnhardt

    Jedi_Earnhardt Jedi Youngling star 2

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    There is a little spoiler in the new essential chronology, Palpatine arranged for Anakin and Obi-Wan to get off after the first stop or something.
     
  22. JaggedFel568

    JaggedFel568 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Agreed. Unfair.

    This looks very interesting...I'll be buying it for sure.
     
  23. SoloFel_RebelGirl

    SoloFel_RebelGirl Jedi Knight star 5

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    ^^Hey Jagged.

    I live in a fairly large city...WHY WON'T THEY COME HERE?

    I don't think I'd buy hardcover if I couldn't get it signed...
     
  24. Master_Keralys

    Master_Keralys VIP star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Well, the tours never come anywhere near my home near the Rockies, either. And I mean anywhere near. I don't remember the last time a book-signing tour got to Denver...

    - Keralys
     
  25. JaggedFel568

    JaggedFel568 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I agree with you, Rebel. I don't think I'll get in hard-back, either.

    It'd look nice on my bookshelf, though...