Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Adrian Czajkowski
Born Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Occupation Author,
Language English
Nationality British
Period 2008 - Present
Genre fantasy
Notable works Shadows of the Apt series.

Adrian Czajkowski (spelled as Adrian Tchaikovsky in his books) is a British fantasy author. His best known work is the ongoing Shadows of the Apt series.[1] Tor Books has announced it would publish a new science fiction book by Tchaikovsky after Shadows of the Apt has finished.[2]


Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. He now lives in Leeds with his wife and son.[3][4][5] After fifteen years of trying to get published Tchaikovsky obtained his first break in 2008.[6] 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. Tchaikovsky expressed desire that the Polish editions of his novels be printed under his real name,[7] but these too used "Tchaikovsky".[8]


Shadows of the Apt series[edit]


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.

Tchaikovsky revealed the story behind the Shadows of the Apt in an online essay entitled Entering the Shadows at[9]


The list of novels in the series is as follows:[10][11]

Portia's Children[edit]

Portia's Children is a science fiction novel, planned for release by Tor Books in summer 2015.[2]

Short Stories[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b Pagan, Bella (14 January 2014). "New Book Deal: Tor Acquires Science Fiction From Established Fantasy Author". Tor Books Blog. Tor Books. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pan Macmillan author page". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Tchaikovsky, Adrian (2010). The Scarab Path. Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-330-51145-2. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Adrian Tchaikovsky interview
  7. ^ Tchaikovsky, Adrian (30 March 2008). "The Long Good Lunch". Empire Rising. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. "However, as the possibility of the Polish rights being sold seems extremely viable, there is an epilogue to this tale of Frankish ignorance, for in Poland, one would strongly assume, I may finally see my name in print in its unadulterated form." 
  8. ^ "Imprerium Czerni i złota - Adrian Tchaikovsky" (in Polish). Rebis. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Story behind Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky - Entering the Shadows". Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Adrian Tchaikovsky". Pan Macmillan. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Tchaikovsky, Adrian (3 February 2013). "Bibliography". Shadows of the Apt (blog). Pan Macmillan. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. 

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