This collection showcases the career-launching short fiction of Timothy Zahn, acclaimed author of Blackcollar, the Quadrail series, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Heir to the Empire The pieces included in Pawn's Gambit range from the adventure science fiction Timothy Zahn is famous for to post-apocalyptic tales and humorous fantasy. In The Price of Survival, an alien ship arrives in our solar system without hostile intentions--but with a desperate need that could destroy humanity. The Giftie Gie Us is set in a post-apocalyptic United States, in which two lonely survivors find love among the ruins. And in the title story, a human and his alien opponent face off over a game that will decide which one of them will return home--and which will not. This collection also includes the Hugo Award-winning novella Cascade Point and eight stories previously unpublished in book form.