The Science Fiction Project

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March 6, 2018

Greetings Friends!

As promised, a quick March 2018 update on the status of my sci-fi book #TSiaSoS (yes, the title is still top secret). I’m currently working through a round of rewrites in order to nail down some changes to the story. The work is going super fast, so I’m confident I’ll have it done in a few months. Trust me, I’m as eager to see #TSiaSoS finished as you are to read it. So far, I’ve heard nothing but good things from my early readers about the improvements, so it’s full speed ahead here on my end.

Thanks for your patience as I wrangle this monster of a story. I’ll be posting updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Come by and say hi!

All the best from Montana!


Christopher Paolini


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September 5, 2017


Greetings Friends!

Okay, so I can hear you saying, “The website redesign is good and all, but what about your newest book?!” Fair enough. The novel has required far more rewriting than I expected. This isn’t a new process for me. When I wrote Eragon, I ended up pretty much completely rewriting it from the first draft to the second. Kept the story but fleshed out the characters, dialogue, description, etc. Seems to be a habit with me.

Anyway, I’ve made the necessary changes and sent the manuscript off to my agent, and now we’re beginning the process of actually bringing it to publication. I should have more news on the subject before too long, and I’ll be sure to keep you up to date throughout the process via regular news posts here on

As always, thank you for reading the books. And as Eragon himself would say, “May your swords stay sharp.


June 23, 2017

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!

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,


May 2, 2017

Christopher finished the second draft of #TSiaSoS! So what’s next? Well, once he returns from his tour for The Official Eragon Coloring Book, he will review a few things in the manuscript and then send it to his agent. And after that? Well, we’ll all have to wait and see!

As always, thank you for your support and stay in touch!



First draft vs. second draft. Can’t believe I made it to the end of this monster! #paolini #sciencefiction #TSiaSoS #writing

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May 18, 2016

At last: the long-awaited update on Christopher’s progress on his science fiction novel, #TSiaSoS! We are all anxiously awaiting news of a publishing date and a link to pre-order, but we’re not quite there yet.

Christopher is in the middle of working through the story to refine and improve the plot, develop the characters further, and generally make the book the best it can be. Revision can be the hardest part of writing a novel—after a year or more crafting each paragraph with care, finally typing “The End,” and printing out the manuscript, it’s done, right?! Nope. Now it’s time to review, reflect, and revise.

So when do we get the book? Well, once Christopher has finished the first go-through, trusted advisors will read it and offer their thoughts, and then the book will be sold to a publisher—who will also propose changes. Between editing, designing, printing, and marketing, the earliest #TSiaSoS could be available for purchase is next year.

Rest assured, you won’t be bored during the wait! We’ll have awesome behind-the-scenes content, updates on publishing dates, and themed exclusives for fans on throughout this process. Check out the video below where Christopher details some of the brainstorming necessary to write a good science fiction book:

As always, thank you for your support and stay in touch!



September 9, 2014

Greetings friends!

Many of you have been asking what projects I’ve been focused on. Well, after touring for Inheritance in 2011 and 2012, I started working on a couple of short stories. With the final book in the cycle complete, I needed to play around as a writer and try different things, not because I was unhappy with my writing, but because I had spent thirteen years writing in a very specific style, which had restricted my thinking in some ways. I had things arranged in a very certain way with the Inheritance Cycle. I wouldn’t use words of modern extraction where I could avoid it. Instead I used a lot of archaic words and structured my sentences in very complicated ways. I just needed to clear that out of my head and prepare for my next work.

So I did three short stories, one not so short story, and a screenplay—which unsurprisingly turned out to be a lot harder than I expected.

My current project is science fiction, as I’ve said elsewhere. I’ve spent about ten months doing research for it over the past year, talking to various professors and other people I thought might have some interesting information to help me build my new world. It’s a story that I’ve had in my mind for quite a while and it’s allowing me to try some new things that I haven’t done before as a writer, as well as tell a story that I think is very exciting.

As with every new project, it’s incredibly scary. And incredibly thrilling. As I get closer to finishing it and publication, I’ll be able to share more with you and give out some teasers. But when a book is this close to the beginning, saying anything more than, “Oh, I’m working on it,” can be counterproductive, because so much can change between now and when I reach the end of the story. That said, it’s going well—relatively quickly—and it’s really fun to be working on a new book. My main hope is that people will enjoy it at least as much as the Inheritance Cycle and, if I do my job well, hopefully more.


P.S. If you would like to read a bit more about this topic, check out the article I wrote for Barnes and Noble here.

P.P.S I’ve been tweeting pictures of the progressing page count of this project. In case you missed it, see the full gallery below.

Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini is the author of the international bestsellers Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance, along with Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia. His most recent book, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, released in the U.S.A. on December 31, 2018. He resides in Paradise Valley, Montana, USA.

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