Christopher Paolini (finally) announces new book, ‘To Sleep in a Sea of Stars’

The ‘Eragon’ author is headed to the stars in his upcoming book!


Inheritance Cycle author Christopher Paolini has finally drawn back the curtain on his new book.

Entertainment Weekly announced the news on Tuesday morning. The book, titled To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, will be a science fiction novel, a departure from Paolini’s previous fantasy stories. Tor Books will release Stars and it’s due on shelves on Sept. 15, 2020.

“It is an epic science fiction space opera,” Paolini said in a video announcement. “It’s a fun book full of space ships, lasers, aliens, explosions and — of course — tentacles. I’ve spent over six years working on this book figuring out the science, the characters and, most importantly, the story.”

Check out the book’s synopsis, provided by Entertainment Weekly:

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.

Little more is known about Christopher Paolini’s new book thus far, but many will note this as a big step in the author’s career as it marks his first published work outside of the Inheritance Cycle.

The news didn’t come as a total surprise to readers. Paolini has been hinting at a science fiction novel for years, often dropping subtle hints about the nature of the story on social media. As of late, he’s used the hashtag #TSiaSoS to hype fans, which left some of his social media followers guessing the title before Tuesday’s announcement.

Paolini is best known for his novel Eragon, which he wrote as a teenager. Eragon kicked off the Inheritance Cycle and was followed by three additional novels, concluding the series with Inheritance in 2011. A collection of short stories within Eragon’s world, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, hit shelves at the end of 2018. Paolini is still expected to write more books connected to the Inheritance Cycle as well.

Will you be picking up a copy of Christopher Paolini’s new book?

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