Christopher Will Be at San Diego Comic-Con 2017!

Christopher will be attending San Diego Comic-Con this year! Below you’ll find a complete list of his scheduled appearances, along with pertinent details. Come get your copy of The Official Eragon Coloring Book signed! Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 21st:
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Room 32AB
PANEL: Resist! Rebellion in Epic Fantasy

Dark conspiracies, forbidden knowledge, secret magic, unknown continents and rebellious heirs populate these panelists’ fantastic worlds, but where do they get the inspiration for these thorny conundrums? Charlie N. Holmberg (The Paper Magician), Robin Hobb (The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy), Christopher Paolini (The Official Eragon Coloring Book), James A. Owen (Star Child, Dawn of the Dragons), Erika Lewis (Game of Shadows), and Michael Johnston (Soleri) discuss building fantasy worlds with backstabbing, shadowy plots, shocking secrets and surprise inheritances.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Autograph Area at Table 07
Signing

Saturday, July 22nd:
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Autograph Area at Table 07
Signing

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The Science Fiction Project Update: Mother and Agent

Hi all,

Immanuela here, Christopher’s assistant. We know many of you have been anxiously wondering when his next book will be coming out, and we have more news on the subject!

Saturn, #TSiaSoS, science fiction

Tiny Mimas, Huge Rings
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

As you know, Christopher just wrapped up the finishing touches on the second draft of his science fiction novel, #TSiaSoS. Last week he gave the book to his mother, Talita, and agent, Simon, to read for the first time. Both enjoyed it immensely! Now Christopher is in the process of incorporating some of the feedback Simon offered.

That’s the latest!

Cheers until next time,

Immanuela

Join Christopher at Denver Comic Con 2017!

Christopher Paolini - Denver Comic Con 2017

Denver Comic Con 2017 is just around the corner, and we have all the details for Christopher’s scheduled appearances from June 30th through July 2nd at the Colorado Convention Center!

Friday, June 30th

11:30 — 12:20 PM, Room 402
PANEL: Young Adult – Writing for Today’s Teens

4:30 — 6:30 PM, Tattered Cover Booth
SIGNING

Saturday, July 1st

1:00 — 1:50 PM, Room 407
PANEL: From Page to Screen

3:00 — 3:50 PM, DCCP2 – Metropolis Room
SPOTLIGHT: Eragon’s Christopher Paolini

Sunday, July 2nd

11:00 — 11:50 AM, DCCP4 – Keystone City Room
PANEL: But Is It Epic Enough?

3:00 — 3:50 PM, Room 407
PANEL: The Best Writing Advice I Was Ever Given

See you there!

Q&As with Christopher: Elf Fertility, Homeschooling, & Dragons in Modern Times

Q&As with Christopher

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Hello all! Here is another batch of questions gathered from social media, along with Christopher’s answers in italics. As always, feel free to post your queries on his Twitter or Facebook, and he’ll do his best to answer.

INHERITANCE CYCLE

Chris Maiden: Ok I have a question.. why do elves not have that many children don’t they feel things like loneliness or attraction or make mistakes when a tree festival goes too far?

As with most creatures, the longer they live, the fewer children they tend to have. The elves do have relationships like humans and dwarves. However, as a rule, elves aren’t as fertile as either of them, and as a result, they have many fewer children. Also, elves don’t always *choose* to have children. If you’re going to live for hundreds and hundreds of years, you might not feel any pressure to reproduce for a long time.

Joe Lorman: Who where the monks on Vroengard? What where they doing there?

The hooded people shall remain unnamed for now. They have been corrupted by the magic on Vroengard. Let’s just say that any sort of people who would be willing to live there, in the unhealthy environment that it currently possesses plus with the shadow birds and the burrow grubs and all that—not to mention the snalglί—probably aren’t people you want to mess with.

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Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Dragons

Dragons

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OVERVIEW

Dragons have lived in Alagaësia for as long as the continent itself has existed. Dwarven myth credits the gods Urûr and Morgothal with their creation, but regardless of whether the dragons’ origins are mythical in nature or not, they are extremely intelligent, telepathic beings prone to spontaneous acts of wild magic and intrinsically linked to the well-being of the land.

EARLY HISTORY

According to Heslant the Monk, before the arrival of the elves, dragons were mainly preoccupied with eating, breeding, and—until the creation of the Dragon Riders—stealing the dwarves’ sheep and gold (the dwarves still hold a grudge for this). Their primary nesting regions were in the center of the Hadarac Desert, as well as the Spine and Beor Mountains.

DRAGON WAR

Someone unfamiliar with dragons might think that because they don’t speak, they are large carnivores capable of breathing fire, flying, mating, and causing destruction . . . but not much else. This assumption led to Du Fyrn Skulblaka, the Dragon War, a conflict between the elves and dragons that nearly destroyed both races.

It began thousands of years after the emergence of the dwarves, when the elves and Urgals independently arrived in Alagaësia from across the sea. Mistaking the skulblakya for dumb beasts, a young male elf hunted and murdered one. The dragons united, killed the perpetrator and then attacked the elven nation. Unable to find a means of communication between the races, the war raged for five years and both sides suffered heavy losses. Then the elf Eragon found an abandoned dragon egg and decided to raise the hatchling, Bid’Daum. They traveled through the land together, successfully negotiating peace between the two sides. [Read more…]

Q&As with Christopher: Book Five’s Villain, Writing Daily, Character Connection, & Names

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Here is the second batch of questions we collected from Christopher’s Facebook Q&A in February! Keep an eye out for our next installment and don’t forget to peruse our Q&As archive for hundreds of answers to fans’ most pressing (and hairsplitting) questions!

INHERITANCE CYCLE

Amy Ivany: Reading through other questions got me thinking… How do you come up with names for your characters? I mean, how did you ever end up thinking ‘yeah, I think Eragon is more fitting then Kevin’, and where do you find these awesome and unique names?

My names tend to come from three sources:

  1. Wordplay: ‘saphira’ is a play on ‘sapphire’. ‘eragon’ is a play on ‘dragon’. Etc.
  2. Historical sources: Horst, Katrina, Helgrind, etc.
  3. I invent them according to the rules of the various languages of Alagaësia.

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San Diego, California: Meet Christopher Today!

Christopher Paolini Coloring Book Tour - San Diego, #ColorEragon, meet Christopher

Come say hi!

Christopher will be giving a talk and signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in San Diego, California today at 7 PM.

This marks the end of his tour for The Official Eragon Coloring Book, but don’t despair if you can’t make it! He will be at Denver Comic Con June 30th through July 2nd, 2017. Click here for a complete list of upcoming events. Hope to see you somewhere along the way!

Tempe, Arizona: Meet Christopher Today!

Christopher Paolini Coloring Book Tour - Tempe, #ColorEragon, meet Christopher

Come say hi!

Christopher will be giving a talk and signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona today at 7 PM. For a complete list of stops along his tour, click here. Hope to see you along the way!

Denver, Colorado: Meet Christopher Today!

Christopher Paolini Coloring Book Tour - Denver, #ColorEragon

Come say hi!

Christopher will be giving a talk and signing at Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, Colorado today at 7 PM. For a complete list of stops along his tour, click here. Hope to see you along the way!

Orem, Utah: Meet Christopher Today!

Christopher Paolini Coloring Book Tour - Orem #ColorEragon, meet Christopher

Come say hi!

Christopher will be giving a talk and signing at Barnes & Noble in Orem, Utah today at 2 PM. For a complete list of stops along his tour, click here. Hope to see you along the way!