|Born||Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom|
|Period||2008 - Present|
|Notable work(s)||Shadows of the Apt series.|
Czajkowski was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. He now lives in Leeds with his wife and son. After fifteen years of trying to get published Czajkowski obtained his first break in 2008. That year Empire in Black and Gold was published by Tor (UK) – an imprint of Pan Macmillan – in the United Kingdom. The series was later picked up for publication in America by Pyr Books. He has stated in his blog, that he chose to publish under the name Tchaikovsky, as the spelling of his given name could have caused potential difficulties for American and British readers in both spelling and pronunciation. This is a common marketing approach in both UK and US publishing industries, where the publishers feel a name should be altered to help sales. Subsequently the American and German editions of the book and its sequels were published under the same name. Czajkowski expressed desire that the Polish editions of his novels be printed under his real name, but these too used "Tchaikovsky".
Shadows of the Apt series
The series is set in a hypothetical universe populated by different kinden. Each kinden is a fictional race of humans, named after (and having certain characteristics of) an insect. Kinden are typically divided into two categories : Apt and Inapt. The Apt do not have magical abilities, but are able to understand, use and design mechanical devices. The Inapt have varying amounts of magical abilities, but cannot use mechanical devices, even those as simple as latches. The series focuses on the attempted conquest of the lowlands by the Wasp-kinden empire.
- Empire in Black and Gold (2008), ISBN 978-0-230-73646-7
- Dragonfly Falling (2009), ISBN 978-0-230-70415-2
- Blood of the Mantis (2009), ISBN 978-0-230-70416-9
- Salute the Dark (2010), ISBN 978-0-330-51144-5
- The Scarab Path (2010), ISBN 978-0-330-51145-2
- The Sea Watch (2011), ISBN 978-0-330-51146-9
- Heirs of the Blade (2011), ISBN 978-0-230-75699-1
- The Air War (2012), ISBN 978-0-230-75700-4
- Warmaster's Gate (2013), ISBN 978-0-230-75701-1
- Seal of the Worm (2014), (forthcoming)
Shadows of the Apt is divided into 4-book arcs, each covering the same setting and characters, but moving along a new plot change or story line.
The books are primarily published every 6 months, with a confirmed total of 10 books.
Adrian Tchaikovsky revealed the story behind the Shadows of the Apt in an online essay entitled Entering the Shadows at Upcoming4.me.
- Tomio, Jay (26 September 2008). "On the Spot at BSC – Adrian Tchaikovsky interview". BookSpotCentral. Archived from the original on 5 April 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
- "Pan Macmillan author page". Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- Tchaikovsky, Adrian (2010). The Scarab Path. Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-330-51145-2.
- Wright, Jonathan (September 2009). "Meet a Brit author in the vanguard of the new heroic fantasy…". SFX Magazine. Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- Adrian Tchaikovsky interview
- The Long Good Lunch, Czajkowski's blog entry
- "Imprerium Czerni i złota - Adrian Tchaikovsky" (in Polish). Rebis. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- "Adrian Tchaikovsky". Pan Macmillan. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- Tchaikovsky, Adrian (3 February 2013). "Bibliography". Shadows of the Apt (blog). Pan Macmillan. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013.
- "Story behind Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky - Entering the Shadows". Upcoming4.me. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Adrian Tchaikovsky Official website
- Adrian Tchaikovsky at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Story behind Shadows of the Apt - Entering the Shadows : Online Essay