A plea for rescue, scrawled upon a scrap of cloth, sealed inside a corked bottle, bobbing on the currents of a wine-dark sea. An illuminated manuscript, once the master works of antiquity's greatest mathematician, now a palimpsest Gospel riding out the Dark Ages in a Celtic monastery. A cuneiform love letter pressed upon a clay tablet, baked, cherished, and rediscovered millennia hence in the ruins of a lost city.
The Coldest War in the newsInterview with Adventures in SciFi Publishing
Read excerpts from The Coldest War
Critical Acclaim for Coldest War:
"Ian Tregillis wrote an awesome sequel to a great debut... And as things stand, in this house at least, The Coldest War is the very best speculative fiction title of the year!...[It] deserves the highest possible recommendation."
"Tregillis does it again, 'The Coldest War' is a book that gripped me right from the off and wouldn't let me put it down until I'd finished."
"Ian Tregillis's THE COLDEST WAR is everything BITTER SEEDS was and more. I can't think of a series that I'd more love to see on the big screen."
"[Tregillis's] work is like falling down a rabbit hole: once you start it's impossible to put down."
"A cross between the devious, character-driven spy fiction of early John le Carré and the mad science fantasy of the X-Men... Despite the jaw-dropping backdrop and oblique plotting, the narrative is driven by character and personal circumstance...
Grim indeed, yet eloquent and utterly compelling."
Grim indeed, yet eloquent and utterly compelling."
"The Coldest War is a thrilling and sometimes chilling tale of spycraft, sorcery, and weird science.... Gretel is as infuriatingly inscrutable as ever and the final revelation of her ultimate plan (or at least part of it) is pure genius."
Bitter Seeds in the newsInterview with Adventures in SciFi Publishing
Ian Tregillis on the Sword and Laser Podcast
Ian Tregillis on John Scalzi's The Big Idea
Interview with Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Interview with SFRevu
Interview with Mad Hatter Book Review
Interview with Apex Books
Read an excerpt from Bitter Seeds.
Critical Acclaim for Bitter Seeds:
"Tregillis delivers a dynamite first novel in Bitter Seeds."
"...'Bitter Seeds' is hands down the best debut of 2010 so far."
"[Bitter Seeds] receives my highest recommendations and will likely be very close to the top of my best of 2010 list."
"The crème de la crème of SFF debuts this year!"
"[Tregillis] has created a unique, unsettling, and deeply atmospheric setting; populated it with a diversity of grimly fascinating characters; and turned up the heat with the sort of plot that requires those characters to keep shoveling frantically if they are ever to stay in advance of the needs of the firebox."
"The writing is, simply put, stunning...This is easily one of the most impressive debut works I've read."
"BITTER SEEDS is one of the most disturbing 'what if' alternate history books I've ever read and this is a fabulous thing."
"A striking first novel."
"...Tregillis begins a saga in his first novel, one that may rival Naomi Novik's Tales of Temeraire as a sustained historical fantasy."
"This fantasy debut... brings together the supernatural lore of World War II and wartime intrigue in this fantasy thriller that blends alternate history with period horror... [Bitter Seeds] should appeal to fans of World War II fiction, superheroes, and alternate history."
"Ian Tregillis has arrived and what a bright and promising voice he has brought to bear. Bitter Seeds is an extraordinarily original work of fiction..."
"...Bitter Seeds will stand as one of the better novels of 2010 and an excellent debut to what will hopefully be a long career for Ian Tregillis."
"This is one of my favorite reads of the year... An impressive release for 2010 that everyone should read."
"All in all Bitter Seeds is a fantastic, inventive read and a rather impressive debut novel."
"Ian Tregillis was once a student in my physics classes at the University of Minnesota. It is thus with great pride that I say that all of the success of his wonderful new novel is thanks to me! Ian is not the first student of mine who responded to the soul crushing tedium of my lectures by escaping into a rich fantasy world of the imagination, but he is the first to turn his experiences into a first class science fiction novel. Bitter Seeds is a page turner that tells the true history of World War II - where German science creates super-powered teens, countered by British warlocks. Fearless Reader, I have only two words for you as you begin this superb debut novel by a talented scientist and writer: You're Welcome!"
—James Kakalios, author of THE PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES and THE AMAZING STORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS
"'Enthralling', 'engrossing', 'thrilling' ... These were a few of the words going through my head as I read 'Bitter Seeds'...'Bitter Seeds' is nothing short of an awesome read as far as I'm concerned. "
"Engrossing... Tregillis ably mixes cold war paranoia with his mythology."
"The best debut of 2010... the start of a dark but brilliant new trilogy that is as aggressive in scope as it is captivating in delivery."
Read Ian's story Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale) at Apex Magazine.
Read "What Doctor Gottlieb Saw", a standalone story set in the Milkweed universe of Bitter Seeds, at Tor.com.
Read Ian's story "Chronicle of Sorrows"
Read Ian's story "Come Dancefight, My Beloved Enemy"
Ian's first Wild Cards story, "The Tin Man's Lament", is now available in Inside Straight.
Ian's next Wild Cards story, "Political Science 101/201/301/401", co-written with Bud Simons, is now available in Busted Flush.
Ian's adventures in writing for Wild Cards continue in Suicide Kings, the finale of the Committee Triad.
Guest of Honor remarks delivered at the 34th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship, Eastern New Mexico University, April 9, 2010.