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Vision of the Future
Author Timothy Zahn
Cover Artist Drew Struzan
Country USA
Language English
Era New Republic
Series Hand of Thrawn Duology
Galactic Year 19 ABY
Canon C
Subject(s) Star Wars
Genre(s) Science Fiction
Publisher Bantam Spectra
Released Hardcover:
1 September 1998
1 September 1999
Media Type Hardcover & Paperback
Pages Hardcover: 528
Paperback: 720
Size and Weight Hardcover:
1.5 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
1.6 pounds
6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
11.7 ounces
ISBN Hardcover:
ISBN 0-553-10035-1
ISBN 0-553-57879-0
Preceded by Specter of the Past
Followed by Fool's Bargain

Vision of the Future is the second and final book in the Hand of Thrawn duology by Timothy Zahn. This, the final book written by Zahn that relates to Grand Admiral Thrawn, takes place 10 years after The Last Command, in 19 ABY.


Admiral Gilad Pellaeon admits that the Empire, down to only a few sectors, is now fighting a losing battle. He initiates preliminary peace talks with Princess Leia, who acts as the New Republic representative.

However, several Imperial officials are vehemently anti-surrender, the most notable being Moff Disra. He hires a con artist, Flim, to impersonate Grand Admiral Thrawn, the idea being that Imperial Forces would rally, and many systems would rejoin the Empire, due to Thrawn's "returning from the dead."

Another Imperial plot is underfoot, to provoke civil war in the New Republic, involving the Caamas Document. Caamas was a world destroyed by the Empire shortly after the Clone Wars, and it is revealed in the book that this was made possible by Bothan sabotage of that planet's planetary shield. Various alien races take sides over treatment of the Bothans and what would be justice for Caamas; more than a hundred alien warships gather in orbit over the Bothans' homeworld of Bothawui. Several of this book's plotlines revolve around major characters seeking an unaltered copy of the Camaas Document, in an attempt to settle the issue. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian travel to an Imperial base at Bastion in an attempt to find it. Meanwhile, Garm Bel Iblis attempts a raid on an Imperial Ubiqtorate base at Yaga Minor.

The Empire hopes that the confrontation over Bothawui will reach a flash point, and three Imperial Star Destroyers lie in wait to 'finish off' the survivors. Furthermore, an Imperial sabotage team successfully knocks out a major section of the Bothawui planetary shield.

Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade successfully sneak into a fortress called the Hand of Thrawn (so called because of its 'four fingers and a thumb' shape). Many secrets are revealed there, including mention of an expedition by Thrawn to the galaxy's Unknown Regions. Luke and Mara are about to die, when Luke proposes to Mara, she accepts. They escape and at the end of the novel, a peace treaty is signed by Admiral Pellaeon and New Republic president Ponc Gavrisom.



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