Christopher Paolini To Publish New Novel And Venture Into Science Fiction

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BY November 21, 2019

Christopher Paolini is venturing into a new genre with his new novel: To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars. The best-selling author of Eragon made a name for himself in the early 2000’s with his dragon-focused series. Since the release of the Inheritance in 2011, Paolini has not put out any new novels. To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars marks a shift from traditional fantasy to hard science fiction. It will also be the first novel Paolini has published in nearly a decade.

The synopsis from Tor teases a space adventure, (complete with aliens!) in To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact. Epic space battles for the fate of humanity take her to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and, in the process, transform not only her—but the entire course of history.

Christopher Paolini Christopher Paolini | Image via Tor

The New Novel From Paolini Is His First Original Story In Nearly A Decade

It will interesting to see a new novel from Paolini. Especially one that diverges so drastically from the type of books he has previously written. His last published work was The Fork, The Witch, The Worm that came out in 2018. This short story collection takes place in the world of Eragon, part of the author’s Tales from Alagaësia series. According to his website, Paolini also plans to write a fifth novel set in the world of Alagaësia, that will follow Inheritance. There is no word however on when that book will be released.

To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars is a first for Paolini in several ways. This is not only his first science-fiction novel, but it will be his first novel ever written outside of his best-selling Inheritance series. His former novels are fairly straightforward fantasy fare about dragons who choose their riders (clearly influenced by Anne McCaffrey’s famous Pern novels, along with several other notable fantasy predecessors). The first book in that series Eragon was also adapted into a movie in 2006. It was a critical and commercial failure however, and none of the other novels from that series ever made it to film. Eragon was also widely classified as a YA novel, and it seems as though To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars will be a more adult sci-fi novel. It will be interesting to see how the author has grown in the years since the success of his earlier novels.

Eragon & Eldest Image via Penguin/Random House

Paolini’s New Novel Is His “Love Letter” To Science Fiction

Eragon hit the New York Times best-seller list in 2003, when Paolini was only 19 years old. He is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the youngest author to publish a best-selling series. That’s a lot of pressure to live up to, and it sounds like Paolini took his time with this novel. To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars took over six years to complete. Paolini says “This book is my love letter to the genre of science fiction. With it, I wanted to capture the sense of wonder I feel when looking at the stars…or when thinking about the future of humanity as it expands beyond Earth. I’ve been working on this story for over six years, and I can’t wait for people to read it!”

The new novel by Christopher Paolini, To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars will be released on September 15, 2020 by Tor Books.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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