"The difference between tragedy and comedy: Tragedy is something awful happening to somebody else, while comedy is something awful happening to somebody else." -- Aaron Allston
Aaron Allston (born 1960 in Corsicana, Texas) is an American game designer and novelist of many science fiction books, notably Star Wars novels. His works as a game designer include game supplements for several role-playing games, several of which served to establish the basis for products and subsequent development of TSR's Dungeons & Dragons game setting Mystara. Later works as a novelist include those of the X-Wing series: Wraith Squadron, Iron Fist, Solo Command, Starfighters of Adumar. He has also written two entries in the New Jedi Order series: Rebel Dream, and Rebel Stand. Allston wrote three of the nine Legacy of the Force novels: Betrayal, Exile, and Fury, and three of the nine Fate of the Jedi novels: Outcast, Backlash and Conviction.
"Any sufficiently badly-written science is indistinguishable from magic.""Definition of 'Free': You pay for it whether or not you elect to receive it.""Feminism is sort of like God. Many people profess to believe in it, but no one seems to be able to define it to everyone's satisfaction.""I really can't complain about actresses who get paid to be dumb. Most of us can't get paid to be smart.""I'm content to stand on tradition. I'm even more content to wipe my feet on it.""If you hack the Vatican server, have you tampered in God's domain?""Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent.""Life is like an analogy.""Luck consists largely of hanging on by your fingernails until things start to go your way.""No one pays me to be nice.""The analysis of the thing is not the thing itself.""The principle of Sturgeon's Razor states that the simplest answer to any problem is 90% crap.""The way to a man's heart is through his chest.""There are two types of people in the world, and I'm one of them.""This would not be a problem if I were driving a snowplow.""Violence is the first refuge of the violent.""When all else fails, complicate matters.""Where can I get some tat? I'd like to trade it in."
Allston moved all over Texas in his youth and graduated from high school in Denton. Allston moved to Austin in 1979 and attended the University of Texas. He became editor of Space Gamer magazine and by 1983 was a full time freelance game designer. He served as editor of Space Gamer from issues 52 (June 1982) - 65 (Sept/Oct 1983), and as editor of Fantasy Gamer for the first issue (Aug/Sep 1983) and co-editor of the second issue (Dec/Jan 1984). He branched into writing and by the mid 1990s had two novels under his belt.
He began writing on the Star Wars X-Wing series in 1997, when the primary sequence writer Michael Stackpole could not handle the entire workload. Stackpole had worked with Allston in the gaming industry years earlier. In 2006, Allston launched the The Legacy of the Force series with a hardcover entitled Betrayal.
In 2005, Allston made his directorial debut on the independent film Deadbacks, which he also wrote and produced. The project is in post production.
In early April 2009 Allston had a heart attack and underwent an emergency quadruple bypass surgery while on the book signing tour for Outcast, the first book in the Fate of the Jedi series.