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Something More Than Night
A Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler-inspired murder mystery set in Heaven, starring swell dames and femmes fatales, Seraphim and Cherubim, dirty priests and the Voice of God.
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"Superlatives seem superfluous. Instead… wow. Just—wow."
"[A] brain-bending combo of angelic cosmogony, high-level physics, and meta-noir… The result is both dazzling and dark, and more than a little quirky."
"A tour de force… Tregillis solidifies his place as a brilliant voice in the genre."—RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars, Top Pick)
"A beautiful homage to Chandler."
"Addictively brilliant… Ian Tregillis' Something More Than Night is one of those books that manages to be both clever and exciting—you want to pause to admire all the brilliant ideas he's tossing around, but you have to keep turning pages to see how it'll turn out…Thrilling as well as poignant."
"A masterwork with more layers than you realize at first."
"With Milkweed, Tregillis showed himself to be a literary chameleon… Now, with Something More Than Night, he changes voice yet again, and with excellent effect."
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"Tregillis combines his incredible prose, and [a] stunningly complex world filled with unforgettable characters to create something new, nuanced, and different. This book is impossible to put down, and is an incredibly fast mover… Something More Than Night shows Tregillis at his finest."
"It shouldn't work, but it does. And it is glorious to behold… [O]nce again, Tregillis has put most other authors to shame…You know what’s awesome? Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis."
"Evanescently poetic—really startingly beautiful in parts… [Tregillis] delivers completely, providing a tightly constructed fantasy that flings itself forward with style and substance."
"Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is part
tongue-in-cheek noir detective story, part ontological examination of
the foundations of reality, ever so slightly and amusingly absurd, and
dripping with lush, weird descriptions…Tregillis proves to be a skilled juggler…Part of the appeal of this book is how easy it is to let the language wash over you… [T]his is a hugely ambitious novel in both function and form. It takes a
particularly deft touch to manage all the disparate elements here, but
Tregillis doesn't stop at ambitious; not only does he not shy away from
difficult subjects like death and love and the afterlife, he takes them
head on and recasts them so we see them anew."
"When it comes to the world [Tregillis] has created in this book, I can only boggle in amazement… I am still just so in awe… As always, Ian Tregillis blows me away with his talent and inventive ideas."
"With the combination of a fascinating story, superior wit, and a traditional hard-boiled detective fiction plot swerve at the end, 'Something More Than Night' makes for an all-around great read."
"Jaw-dropping prose… The story is deft, heartfelt, gloriously complicated even as it falls into the rhythms of classic noir… The stuff dreams are made of."
"This book. This amazing, beautiful, brilliant book. If you’re anything like me (a ravenous devourer of books), you have, in your lifetime of reading, come across That Book: the book that you would sell your [insert invaluable possession] to have written. Not because it’s famous or because it would have made you lots of money, but because it is so exquisite that the mere thought that something so wonderful could have come out of your brain is enough to almost make you weep. For me, this is one of those books."
"Ian Tregillis’ writing is hypnotic and full of conflicting sensory images. A bizarre combination of crime noir, science fiction, and a crash course in physics, Something More Than Night is a hodgepodge of ideas and concepts that will confuse and delight readers…Something More Than Night is a charged and extremely eloquent read."
—Portland Book Review (4.5 stars)
The Coldest War
The Coldest War in the news
"Ian Tregillis wrote an awesome sequel to a great debut... And as things stand, in this house at least, The Coldest War is the very best speculative fiction title of the year!...[It] deserves the highest possible recommendation."
"Tregillis does it again, 'The Coldest War' is a book that gripped me right from the off and wouldn't let me put it down until I'd finished."
"Ian Tregillis's THE COLDEST WAR is everything BITTER SEEDS was and more. I can't think of a series that I'd more love to see on the big screen."
"[Tregillis's] work is like falling down a rabbit hole: once you start it's impossible to put down."
"A cross between the devious, character-driven spy fiction of early John le Carré and the mad science fantasy of the X-Men... Despite the jaw-dropping backdrop and oblique plotting, the narrative is driven by character and personal circumstance...
Grim indeed, yet eloquent and utterly compelling."
"The Coldest War is a thrilling and sometimes chilling tale of spycraft, sorcery, and weird science.... Gretel is as infuriatingly inscrutable as ever and the final revelation of her ultimate plan (or at least part of it) is pure genius."
Bitter Seeds in the news
Interview with Adventures in SciFi Publishing
Ian Tregillis on the Sword and Laser Podcast
Ian Tregillis on John Scalzi's The Big Idea
Interview with Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Interview with SFRevu
Interview with Mad Hatter Book Review
Interview with Apex Books
Read an excerpt from Bitter Seeds.
Critical Acclaim for Bitter Seeds:
"Tregillis delivers a dynamite first novel in Bitter Seeds."
"...'Bitter Seeds' is hands down the best debut of 2010 so far."
"[Bitter Seeds] receives my highest recommendations and will likely be very close to the top of my best of 2010 list."
"The crème de la crème of SFF debuts this year!"
"[Tregillis] has created a unique, unsettling, and deeply atmospheric setting; populated it with a diversity of grimly fascinating characters; and turned up the heat with the sort of plot that requires those characters to keep shoveling frantically if they are ever to stay in advance of the needs of the firebox."
"The writing is, simply put, stunning...This is easily one of the most impressive debut works I've read."
"BITTER SEEDS is one of the most disturbing 'what if' alternate history books I've ever read and this is a fabulous thing."
"A striking first novel."
"...Tregillis begins a saga in his first novel, one that may rival Naomi Novik's Tales of Temeraire as a sustained historical fantasy."
"This fantasy debut... brings together the supernatural lore of World War II and wartime intrigue in this fantasy thriller that blends alternate history with period horror... [Bitter Seeds] should appeal to fans of World War II fiction, superheroes, and alternate history."
"Ian Tregillis has arrived and what a bright and promising voice he has brought to bear. Bitter Seeds is an extraordinarily original work of fiction..."
"...Bitter Seeds will stand as one of the better novels of 2010 and an excellent debut to what will hopefully be a long career for Ian Tregillis."
"This is one of my favorite reads of the year... An impressive release for 2010 that everyone should read."
"All in all Bitter Seeds is a fantastic, inventive read and a rather impressive debut novel."
"Ian Tregillis was once a student in my physics classes at the University of Minnesota. It is thus with great pride that I say that all of the success of his wonderful new novel is thanks to me! Ian is not the first student of mine who responded to the soul crushing tedium of my lectures by escaping into a rich fantasy world of the imagination, but he is the first to turn his experiences into a first class science fiction novel. Bitter Seeds is a page turner that tells the true history of World War II - where German science creates super-powered teens, countered by British warlocks. Fearless Reader, I have only two words for you as you begin this superb debut novel by a talented scientist and writer: You're Welcome!"
—James Kakalios, author of THE PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES and THE AMAZING STORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS
"'Enthralling', 'engrossing', 'thrilling' ... These were a few of the words going through my head as I read 'Bitter Seeds'...'Bitter Seeds' is nothing short of an awesome read as far as I'm concerned. "
"Engrossing... Tregillis ably mixes cold war paranoia with his mythology."
"The best debut of 2010... the start of a dark but brilliant new trilogy that is as aggressive in scope as it is captivating in delivery."
Now available, Suicide Kings, featuring work by Daniel Abraham, S. L. Farrell, Victor Milán, Melinda Snodgrass, Caroline Spector, and Ian Tregillis.
Now available: Busted Flush, featuring Ian's story "Political Science 101/201/301/401", co-written with Bud Simons.
"What Doctor Ivanovich Saw," another standalone story set in the Milkweed universe, is available in the Fall 2013 edition of Subterranean Press Magazine.
"Come Dancefight, My Beloved Enemy" has been republished by the good folks at Snackreads.
Ian's story "Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak" is available in the anthology After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar.
Ian's story "The Mainspring of His Heart, The Shackles of His Soul" is available in the anthology Human for a Day.
Read Ian's thoughts about the future in this June 2013 Popular Science piece, Today's Best Science Fiction Writers Imagine the Future, and in this August 2014 PopSci piece, Dispatches From the Future.
Ian's story "The Cavorite Job" will appear in the Kickstarted anthology Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens.
Ian's story "Testimony of Samuel Frobisher Regarding Events Upon His Majesty's Ship Confidence, 14-22 June, 1818, With Diagrams" appears in the July/August 2014 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, as well as in this episode of Podcastle.
Essays & Lectures
Guest of Honor remarks delivered at the 34th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship, Eastern New Mexico University (April 9, 2010)
The Fractal Dimension of Surprise, an invited talk delivered at the University of New Mexico Hobbit Society's annual Intellectual Hooliganism Colloquium (April 29, 2013)