Christopher Paolini announces new novel To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars

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.

Eragon author Christopher Paolini is set to publish a new science fiction novel with Tor Books titled To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars.

The novel was acquired by Pan Macmillan in the UK – by publisher Jeremy Trevathan, with Editorial Director Bella Pagan, via Simon Lipskar of the Writers House Literary Agency. It will be published by the company’s Tor imprint. In the US, Tor’s Vice President and Publisher Devi Pillai has announced their acquisition for Macmillan: a seven-figure deal, also via Simon Lipskar of Writers House.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonised 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 herbut the entire course of history. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is an exciting departure from Paolini’s internationally bestselling fantasy series, which became a global phenomenon. This new book is a story of enormous intergalactic weight and consequence, but also of deeply personal human strength, compassion, and awe.

Paolini said: “I am extremely excited to be working with the awesome folks at Tor Books to publish To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. 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!”

Publisher Jeremy Trevathan added: “Christopher Paolini’s new science fiction novel is a complete triumph; everything you’d expect from a writer of his stature and more. We are delighted to be embarking on this publishing adventure together.”


Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana, with his family. He published his first novel, Eragon, in 2003 at the age of 19 and quickly became a publishing phenomenon. His Inheritance Cycle, Eragon and its three sequels, have sold nearly 40 million copies worldwide. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is his first adult novel.


Pan Macmillan is the UK general book publishing arm of the Macmillan Group, which operates in over 70 countries. Its imprints include Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Bluebird, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Macmillan Children’s Books, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan was named Publisher of the Year at The Bookseller Industry Awards in 2015 and again in 2017.

To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars will be published in the UK on 17 September 2020. Get all the latest sci-fi news with every issue of SciFiNow. 

This article was originally posted on SciFiNow

Related articles

Liftoff Scratched for SF Authors Stamps

The countdown has been halted for issuing U.S. stamps honoring science fiction authors, which initially was set for July. According to Linn’s Stamp News, a weekly publication devoted to all things philatelic, the U.S. Postal Service has postponed the stamps release until “another year.” That could be 2014, but it’s anybody’s guess. On the plus […]

Review: The Games by Ted Kosmatka

I’m glad I started with The Games by Ted Kosmatka as my first foray into science horror. I don’t think I could pick a better book that seamlessly melded horror and SF tropes. The year is 2044 and the 38th Olympic games are about to begin. In this amoral future, genetically engineered gladiators fight each other in an […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.