Yeah, I went to a book signing Thursday at Books & Company in Dayton for the best Star Wars author ever, Timothy Zahn. It was the shit. We got there at 6:30, and the dais was already filled with people, so we got our numbers for the signing, and went to get some copies of his books. He was doing this for his new book, Survivor's Quest, which just came out, but I also picked up his original trilogy, Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command. For those of you who don't follow Star Wars, or the extended universe, he was the first author given permission from Lucas to write books that took place after Return of the Jedi. He wrote the trilogy listed aboved, also called the "Thrawn Trilogy" in 1991, inventing such popular characters as Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Talon Karrde, that, after over 100 novels and comics, are still being used by many Star Wars authors. He also invented the planet Coruscant, and used it in his books long before it became a household name and incorporated into the movies. Anyway, We got our books, and found some seats, and waited for him to come out. After a few minutes, an employee of the store introduced him, and he came out with a stormtrooper "entourage", that consisted of 3 stormtroopers, 2 scout troopers, and was headed by 2 Imperial royal guards. Here's the video of his entrance: http://www.pamelacoburn.com/images/schatten/Zahn2.avi He gives a 30-40 minute speech, which was really interesting, talking about how he got started as a writer, how he got on board with the Star Wars novels, and other stuff, then held a questions and answers session. For the most part, the questions were pretty lame, but someone asked him this: "First, I'd just like to say I'm a huge Mara Jade fan. Is she based on someone real in your life? And second, do you take ownership over your characters, and how do you feel about other author's portrayal of them?" His answer was "I wish, and I wish." He elaborated in saying that his characters, like all characters created by Star Wars authors, are owned by Lucasfilm. He also said: "There are times, and I'm not going to name any names, when I read an author's portrayal, I just have to go 'UGGH!', or something to that affect." His less-than-attractive audience: Zahn starting his speech Zahn's guards: They then had a raffle, in which you could win t-shirts and figurines (my g/f won a podracer ornament), and they had an auction for a large cardboard poster of the cover of Survivor's Quest, that was to be signed by Zahn. Winner of the poster: Zahn signing the poster: After the speech and raffle was over, the signing began, but since we had a high number, we had to wait a while, so we took pictures of the stormtroopers as they were doing photo ops. When it was getting close to our turn to get our stuff signed, we went back to the dais. Eventually our numbers were called, and he signed our stuff. He signed all 4 of my books on the title pages, and signed Survivor's Quest and Heir to the Empire on the covers as well. Zahn signing: A good time had by all. I've been a HUGE fan of his books. He's hands-down the best Star Wars writer out there, and there are a lot of good ones.