Updates - 2011
There's been a fair amount of other news though. Ian has recently taken to social networking. His websites is seeing fairly regular updates, he's running two blogs, he's got a Twitter account and he's posting regularly on his Facebook page.
The blogs are The Business of Writing and The Fictional Ian Irvine, with the former being about the getting published side of writing, and the latter being about his books. Check them out and you might even see a blog post by yours truly! Exciting, I know.
The Facebook Page is going strong, with lots of posts by Ian with new info on his book releases, as well as a fantastic "500 books in 300 days" give-away competition. Definitely make sure to check it out. The Twitter Page mostly seems to be all the updates from the other three.
There's another give-away competition being held at Ian's Goodreads page, with some copies of his latest book, Vengeance, to be won.
Finally, something might have killed the forums again. I will be attempting to ressurect it, but if you come back to find something different looking, you'll know I've had to start over.
Updates - 2010
The fourth Runcible book, the Backwards Hourglass, was released early in the year.
The Grim and Grimmer series is already well underway with the first two books, the Headless Highwayman and the Grasping Goblin, already out. The Third book, the Desperate Dwarf, is finished and will be available in February, shortly followed by the final part of the series, the Calamitous Queen.
The reprinting of the Human Rites trilogy is complete with the release of Terminator Gene last September and the Life Lottery in May.
A new short story was featured in the compilation Legends of Australian Fantasy, Ian's offering called Tribute to Hell, and is apparently set in the same world as...
The Tainted Realm, the now-named new adult fantasy series due out at the beginning of next year, book one of which is called Vengeance.
Covers of all of these books have been added to the appropriate sections, there's too many to repost them here.
Slightly different book news! The View from the Mirror series has been released as a series of audiobooks. They're avilable to buy in Australia from most book shops, or online depending on your country: Australia, UK, and US.
In appearances news Ian showed up at a number of places throughout the year (sorry I couldn't keep you up-to-date with them as they happened) but doesn't have anything planned at the moment.
That's all folks!
Updates - 2009
Actual news now. There's to be no big releases this year from Ian as the fourth Runcible book is coming in February 2010. The only things of note in the coming months are the revised edition of Terminator Gene, which should be out soon, and the small version of Destiny of the Dead.
Ian has however signed a deal with Orbit to simultaneously publish a new fantasy series essentially unrelated to the Three Worlds in Australia, UK, and the US, starting in September of next year. Here's the breakdown of the new series: ĎA timid slave (Thalalie) who sets out to uncover her motherís killer ends up toppling a corrupt regime and freeing both her people and their oppressors.í
He's also started on another series for the younger readers, along the line of the Fantasticas. The series is called "Grim and Grimmer" and should be coming out next year as well.
On top of that there's another novella of Ian's called Tribute to Hell, being published in an anthology called Dreamtime: Legends of Austrlian Fantasy. That's coming out some time mid-2010.
Then it's on to the fifth and final Runcible Jones book which he should be starting at the end of this year. Only after that series is complete is he going to move on to Fate of the Children.
For all the Aussies out there, 2010 is going to be your year because WorldCon is coming to Melbourne in September. Ian will be putting in an appearance with the hopes to launch the new fantasy series there.
Finally, Ian has also been doing some consulting work and has helped put out the new edition of the National Assessment Guidelinesfor Dredging, so if any of you are interested in that kind of thing you can check it out here.
There's also the updates I was planning to put up shortly before everything disappeared: the Characters page for the Runcible Jones is now complete through The Buried City, and I've got the Spells page up too. Obviously, the Frozen Compass is now out in Australia.
A quick email from Ian announced that he's about to start work on the next Runcie book, and is thinking up his next fantasy series (although he hasn't signed a deal yet so we won't get many more details, but he would like to launch it at the WorldCon in Melbourne in 2010 so that gives some idea of when it might come out). Destiny of the Dead has been pushed back to November in Australia and January in the UK.
He was also please to say that the Human Rites trilogy is getting reprinted next year, and he's made about 5,000 changes to the Last Albatross so far, so it will definitely be more of a second edition.
Finally, in fandom news, about a month ago Reni finished a complete overhaul of the View from the Mirror site and it's looking very swish indeed. It's set up similar to a wiki in that if you register at the site you should be able to edit the pages, which hopefully will mean a better site for everyone. So head on over and check it out!
13th August TRIUNE LIVES! Well, sort of.
Oh, and it's the site's sixth birthday today.
UPDATE The new forums are now up, over here.
We have a trailer for the Human Rites trilogy, to match the Runcible and Song of the Tears ones. It can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVnjcjm_xgY. It's actually the best of the lot in my opinion, with a more realistic setting making stock images easier to use.
The first two Fantastica books should be available in Australia already, with the second two to follow in May. Covers for all four can be seen on the Fantastica page here.
I've also added the covers for the German copies of the View from the Mirror series to the Book Covers page - the first six anyway. They are splitting each book into two, so we should finish up with eight. Definitely the most interesting foreign covers to date.
On top of that I'm finally updating the Runcible Jones section of the site. The Characters page is now done for the first book, with the second to follow as soon as I've read it, and the Spells page will be up shortly too.
Finally, I'd just like to say that the Inverse Book Signing has been completed (at friggin' last) and was a huge success.
Okay, moving on to the actual news topics that you wanted to hear about. Ian and his son Simon have put together a trailer for the second Runcible Jones book, the Buried City. He's put it up at YouTube, so you can either watch it below, or if you want a better quality version you can download it from http://idisk.mac.com/ianirvine1-Public?view=web.
The Curse on the Chosen has been pushed back to late November in both Australia and the UK.
And last, the quartet of Fantastica books that Ian has written will be coming to Australia in March (for the first two) and May (for the second two) next year. They are being illustrated by D.M. Cornish, and Ian thinks they look great.
The long awaited announcement of the competition winners! Apologies for the delay in this update, I've had exams and things to worry about. The winners were all contacted a couple of months back which means, sadly, if you were not contacted you did not win. But thanks for entering! Now, the winners.
In third place was this drawing of Liett and Gyrull, done by SongDragon.
In second place, and a very strong contender for the top spot, was this coloured map of Meldorin by The Secret Art's Taillen. Hopefully he's working on a coloured version of the full map of Santhenar, too.
In the end, though, the first prize went to something a little bit different. For a while now, Medea has been working on a View from the Mirror mod for the game Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. It may not be an actual Three Worlds game, but chances are it's the closest we'll get for a while. Go here for instructions on downloading it.
Thirdly, and most importantly, COMPETITION!
Ian has kindly donated three sets - whole sets! - of signed books to be given away; the View from the Mirror series, the Well of Echoes series, and the Human Rites series. So, what do you have to do to one one of these fabulous prizes? Simple! Anything.
Well, anything Ian Irvine related. The fandom is really too small to pick a specific writing/art type competition, some people would be favoured far more than others, so I decided just to throw it open. Do whatever you want - draw some fan art, write a fan fic, write an Irvine-related haiku, send me a 2,000 word essay on why you are Ian's biggest fan. Take a picture of yourself promoting Ian's work. Do something on YouTube. Bribery? Welcome! Even if you can't think up anything clever, e-mail me anyway, the fandom is small enough that you still might stand a chance.
So, officially, the rules are:
I'll be judging the entries, and winners will be contacted within a few days of the 19th. First place will get to choose which series they want, and then second place, and third place will get whatever is left.
In terms of what's been added to the site, I discovered a (quite spoilery) blurb for Curse on the Chosen on Amazon, so that's been added to the Song of the Tears page, although I'm not sure how much of it can be trusted. I've also had an update from Ian with some publication dates (Runcible Jones 2, coming to Australia this June, and Song of the Tears 2, AU and UK roughly September) and also with information on a new set of books he's writing for the Fantastica series.
Fantastica seems to be a large series of books written by various authors, who all contribute four short linked stories, of about 10,000 words each and aimed at 8 to 11 year olds. The first quartet of books by Kim Wilkins should already be available, a second quartet by Fiona McIntosh is coming soon, and Ian's series will be starting in July. The series as a whole is called the Sorcerer's Tower, with indiviual titles "Thorn Castle", "Gaint's Lair", "Black Crypt", and "Wizardry Crag". The books will be illustrated in black and white.
To see the whole email go to the Latest News page. And to those of you looking forward to Curse on the Chosen, this last snippet: "You will meet the Numinator in this book, and perhaps some missing old friends too."
More than one website? Check. Discussion board? Check. Livejournal community? Check. Myspace group? Check.
I think we're a fandom.
One of the main changes is the "Latest News" page in the author section, which contains the latest news from the author himself - notes on forthcoming appearances, links to other interviews on the web, and excerpts from e-mails he sends me will be put up here.
Updates on the Song of the Tears, it is now being released in September in both Australia and the UK. In the UK, however, the first book will not be released as the Torments of the Traitor; rather, it will be called "The Fate of the Fallen". Hopefully we'll be getting some cover images soon.
I have also added a timeline for the books to the histories page. Thanks to those on the forum for that.
Finally found the time to put Ian's forthcoming appearances up here, rather than redirecting to Reni's site. The thread on the forums about the Magical Casements event is here.
The update also included the long-awaited images by Simon. There are four in total, depicting various scenes from the first Runcible Jones book, and you can find them here.
If these images are to your liking, you might be interested in winning one of ten sets of posters - signed - sent to you by Ian himself. Tickle your fancy? Info on how to win is up at Ian's Site.
Finally, View from the Mirror has information on a number of forthcoming appearances by Ian - check out their Appearances page for the specifics. If you're thinking about going along to the Magical Casements event, a bunch of people from the forums are looking to meet up and have some fun. See this thread for details.
After ten years of servitude, Nish is about to be released from the blackest prison of the maimed God-Emperor, Jal-Nish Hlar, his corrupt father. Jal-Nish holds the two sorcerous quicksilver tears, Gatherer and Reaper, and with them controls all of the Secret Art. All opposition having been crushed, he has begun to remake the world in his depraved image. The only hope of overthrowing him lies in Nish, whom the oppressed peoples of the world see as a messianic figure, the Deliverer for, as Nish was dragged off to prison a decade ago, he wildly promised to return and cast down his father. Unfortunately Nish is powerless and without allies. But worse, his father wants Nish to become his lieutenant and become as corrupt as he is. Jal-Nish offers Nish everything he has ever desired and, faced with the unbearable alternative of another ten years in prison, he isn't sure he can resist the temptation.
7th January - Update the Second
Penguin have launched an official Runcible Jones website. There you'll find some info for the book, a short biography of Ian, part of a teaser book (which is being sent out with a magazine called K-Zone), info on the characters, a short Q&A with Ian, three of the four images Ian's son was working on (although those are slightly unfinished, and have been tweaked by someone else) and a competition to win one of twelve signed copies of Runcible Jones and a subscription to K-Zone.
Ian says that Penguin are quite excited about the Runcie books and are promoting it far more than any previous books. The teaser books mentioned on the site number 140,000 and include the first two chapters of the Gate to Nowhere.
To those of us not in Australia, Ian expects to wait a month or two after GtN is released to hear news of it's release in other countries. I assume this is because they want to see how well it does.
General news on the Song of the Tears is that the release date is looking to be October of this year in Australia, and possibly the same time in the UK. He should be finished the first draft by the end of the month, and then he's starting on Runcie 2.
If you were lucky enough to be in Coffs Harbor today (or maybe that's the 8th in Australia, time zones are confusing) Ian was doing a Runcible Jones book signing. Sorry I couldn't alert you to it sooner, only just found out.
Finally, it looks like the View from the Mirror is getting released in Germany.
7th January - Update the First
I've just e-mailed Ian inquiring about when we'll get to see the images his son Simon was working on, as well as asking for the usual updates on what he's currently writing and when things will be published in other countries. There should be another update in a couple of days, so stay tuned.
The new main character is a girl called Maelys. Her family was relatively influential, until her father was caught working for the resistance, which has grown to a considerable size, largely due to Irisis and Nish being martyrs. God-Emperor Jal-Nish caught Maelys' father and imprisoned him in the same place Nish is imprisoned. Maelys little sister, Phyllis (spelling not quite known), has a talent for hiding from Jal-Nish's wisp-watchers and loop-listeners, devices that are keyed into the nodes and are used as spying devices. Maelys' mother and aunts wish for her and her little sister to rescue Nish from his prison, and for Maelys to seduce him, thus binding him to their family.
All of this is taking place ten years after the end of Chiamera. I have a feeling that Chapter 1 deals with the God-Emperor once more asking his son to stand at his side, all his friends being dead, and together they will rule the world. He does this in person, so Nish - having none of it - attempts to escape. He fails horribly. This isn't guaranteed, but just something that was hinted at in Chapter 2.
Finally, the identity of the Numinator will definitely be revealed during the course of this series. Ian said that it wasn't looking likely to be in book one (although this is his first draft), so look for it in book two!
Now that that is the WorldCon report out of the way, there is a few minor updates with the site. Firstly, the Fanwork section now links directly to the forums, to make it easier for people to post stuff. If you have anything to post but don't want to register for the forums, you can just e-mail it to me and I will put it up for you.
It looks like Ian Irvine fandom is on the increase, as there is also a Livejournal Community for him! So, if you have an LJ, head on over to The Hundred. If you don't have an LJ, get one!
Finally, The View from the Mirror has posted an interview with Ian. For some interesting information about Ian's habits, or the bloodlines in his books, head on over!
P.S. The site turned 3 years old on August 7th, the day after I met Ian. Freaky, neh?
Second, to Ian's childrens/young adults series, which was formerly known as The Children's War. The series is now called Runcible Jones and the book titles taking on Runcible Jones: The Gate to Nowhere - Runcible Jones: The Buried City - Runcible Jones: Black Night, Red Dawning - Runcible Jones: The Backwards Hourglass and Runcible Jones: The Electric Labyrinth. The first book is due for release in January 2006 in Australia, no news in the rest of the world.
Ian's son Simon, who did the original version of the cover for Dark is the Moon which can be seen on Ian's site, now has a degree in digital animation. He has been working on some high resolution captioned scenes from the Runcible books, as well as a few animations. He hopes to put these all together to make a trailer for the Runcible Jones books, something I'm sure would be great to see.
Finally, Ian will be attending Interaction's WorldCon convention from the 4th-8th of August, in Glasgow. Scotland. Where I live. I will certainly be attending this event, and hope to see Ian there.
Oh, and two minor notes: firstly, the guestbook has been removed due to excessive spam. To let me know how wonderful the site is, email me, or drop by the forums. Secondly, there is a new Ian Irvine website on the web! It's called The View from the Mirror and is run by Reni. It's currently in its construction phase, so keep checking back for updates.
The main update though, we have new forums! These forums are phpBB, and as such they can be hosted on the site. Which means cool things like different skins, avatar galleries etc etc. If you want to visit them, just click the link at the top of the page!
Not so long between updates this time. Only thing to note is that Chimaera was released in Australia a few weeks ago. Oh, and the shiny new countdown timer above, currently counting down to the UK release of Chimaera but it should be updated to countdown to whatever book is being released next.
Until now. May I present to you, the loyal visitors to Triune website, both Australian and UK covers to Chimaera!
There is a large version of the UK one (just click on it) but not of the Aus one.
Also, Ian's site was updated recently with a new article 'The Truth About Publishing'. In an e-mail he informed me that he has finished the first draft of the first of his quartet of fantasy for younger readers, The Gate to Nowhere, and that he should be started on the first of the Song of the Tears trilogy (next Three Worlds series, now officially a trilogy instead of a duet) by the end of the year.
Secondly some Ian news. SFX have reviewed Alchymist and given it three stars. Considering Geomancer got five I'm a bit surprised, but never mind.
Also, some news from Ian I recieved in an e-mail. He's currently editing The Life Lottery, the third book in the Human Rites trilogy, set for release (in Aus) in August.
As to the release of the Well of Echoes in America, he says that he hasn't heard anything yet but has been getting some queries so hopefully it will be soon.
In random news, he should be updating his site soon so keep a look out, VftM is being published in Bulgarian and WoE in Greek, and Terminator Gene is shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for best SF novel of 2003 while Scrutator only gets an Honourable Mention in the fantasy shortlist.
That's pretty much it for now.
And Merry Christmas!
Also, here's a rough idea of the Ian Irvine releases coming soon (and not so soon):
In other news, the characters page has been updated and now has most of those from 'A Shadow on the Glass', but I'm still few chapters from the end.
It looks like I'm going to be very busy over the next month or so but I'll try and keep updating.
Important update: Ian has answered some questions exclusivley for this site, they can be seen in the Biography section.
I am currently re-reading the View from the Mirror series, so various pages may be updated with little tweaks. If I change anything major, I'll let you know.
Updates: I know that in America Geomancer has not yet been published. Because I'm such a nice person, I decided to find sites on the internet you could order it from. Probably the best one is http://www.amazon.ca, as Tetrarch will also be available come 1st September. I just looked at the Canadian cover for Geomancer, and I love it...
Coming Soon: Ian answers some questions about himself, exclusive to this site!