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Karen Traviss

Karen Traviss is a science fiction author from Wiltshire, England. She has written the Wess'Har series as well as tie-in material based on Star Wars, Gears of War, Halo, and G.I. Joe. She has written novels, short stories, comics, and videogames.


  • Biography 1
    • Star Wars 1.1
  • Other media tie-in works 2
  • Bibliography 3
    • The Wess'har Wars 3.1
    • Star Wars novels 3.2
    • Gears of War series 3.3
    • Halo novels 3.4
    • Ringer series 3.5
    • Star Wars short stories 3.6
    • Other short stories 3.7
    • Comics 3.8
    • Essays 3.9
    • Features 3.10
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Traviss is originally from the Portsmouth area. She worked as both a journalist and defence correspondent before turning her attention to writing fiction,[1] and has also served in both the Territorial Army and the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service. Traviss is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy workshop.[2] Her first published novel, City of Pearl (2004) centered on the clash of several distinct alien civilizations, several hundred years in the future. It was shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the Philip K. Dick Award.[1] She has since written five sequels to City of Pearl: Crossing the Line (2004), The World Before (2005), Matriarch (2006), Ally (2007), and Judge (2008).

In 2014, Traviss published Going Grey, a techno-thriller and the first novel in a planned series called Ringer.

Star Wars

In addition to creating her own fictional settings, Traviss has written numerous novels using existing intellectual property—particularly in the Star Wars universe. Traviss wrote the Republic Commando Series, beginning with Hard Contact in 2004 and continuing with Triple Zero (2006), True Colors (2007), and Order 66 (2008). In 2009, a related novel featuring the same characters was released (Star Wars Imperial Commando: 501st).[3]

In addition to the Republic Commando Series, Traviss was one of three authors retained by Lucasfilm and Del Rey Books to pen a nine novel series called Legacy of the Force (the other two authors were Aaron Allston and Troy Denning). Her three contributions to the series are: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines (2006), Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice (2007) and Legacy of the Force: Revelation (2008). Thematically, her work within the Star Wars universe has frequently centered on Mandalorians and their culture. In particular, her Republic Commando novels have explored themes of identity with regards to clone troopers, their Mandalorian heritage, and their interaction with Jedi leadership. Traviss has since parted from Del Rey for creative differences.[4][5]

Other media tie-in works

In addition to Star Wars novels, Traviss also wrote a Gears of War prequel novel, Gears of War: Aspho Fields which was released on 28 October 2008. She then went on to write the sequels Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant, released on 28 July 2009, Gears of War: Anvil Gate, released on 31 August 2010 and Gears of War: Coalition's End, released on 2 August 2011, and Gears of War: The Slab, released in May 2012. She also served as the lead writer for Gears of War 3.[6]

She wrote together with Eric Nylund and Tobias S. Buckell and many other authors the short story collection Halo Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, which was released in November 2009.

On 21 July 2010 Traviss announced on her blog that she had signed a multi-book deal to write novels set in the Halo universe.[7] The first book is set after the events of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, and is a continuation of that story line. Explaining why she had agreed to write in the Halo universe, Traviss said that "Believe it or not, I really have found the backbone to turn down other series featuring heavily armoured, unfeasibly cannoned-up chaps struggling to find their place in an unfriendly world. I'm not a soft touch for any old bloke with a codpiece, people. But this is Halo. There's an awkward and upsetting moral dilemma at the heart of the story, and if there's something I can't resist more than money, it's exploring moral dilemmas. (With big weapons, naturally.) You haven't spotted it? Pay attention at the back, there. There is a story."[8]

Traviss has written comic books as well. She began with a stint on Gears of War before moving on to Batman: Arkham Unhinged.[9] In 2014 she began writing G.I. Joe comics for IDW Publishing.[10]


The Wess'har Wars

Star Wars novels

Gears of War series

  • Aspho Fields (October 2008) Book 1 of the Gears of War novel series.
  • Jacinto's Remnant (July 2009) Book 2 of the Gears of War novel series.
  • Anvil Gate (September 2010) Book 3 of the Gears of War novel series.
  • Coalition's End (August 2011) Book 4 of the Gears of War novel series.
  • The Slab (May 2012) Book 5 of the Gears of War novel series.

Halo novels

Ringer series

  • Going Grey (2014)

Star Wars short stories

Other short stories



  • I Gotta Get Me One of Those, in the essay anthology, Navigating the Golden Compass: Religion, Science & Daemonology in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (Smart Pop Series, BenBella Books, August 2005)
  • Driving GFFA 1: or How Star Wars Loosened My Corsets, in Star Wars on Trial : Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time (ed. David Brin, 2006).



  1. ^ a b Cheryl Morgan (27 March 2006). "Interview: Karen Traviss". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  2. ^ The Clarion Foundation - Alumni List
  3. ^ "Karen Traviss". Internet Science Fiction Database. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Traviss, Karen. "Why have you stopped writing Star Wars?". Karen Traviss. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. 
  5. ^ Traviss, Karen. "Is it true you hate Jedi?". Karen Traviss. Archived from the original on 2013-12-17. 
  6. ^ "‘Gears Of War 3′ Writer Is Noted ‘Star Wars’ Author Karen Traviss". MTV Multiplayer. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^
  9. ^ Joey Esposito (25 September 2014). "Batman: Arkham Unginged gets a new writer". IGN. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Karl Keily (5 September 2014). "Novelist Karen Traviss Flips the Script in IDW's "G.I. Joe" #1". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Interview with Karen Traviss on
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ "Karen Traviss to pen next Halo novel". Gaming Target. 
  • See also John Hickman. "Implacable Justice: Arguing Politics and Theories of Law via the Encounter with Powerful Alien Species." Extrapolation. (September 2007) 48(2): 302-313. Available at

External links

  • Official website
  • Karen Traviss' blog on
  • SF Encyclopedia entry
  • fan made audio dramaOmega Squad: Targets, produced & directed by Dany Pépin.
  • New Gears 2 info from Comic-Con- The Truth cont.
  • Karen Traviss at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
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