Alex Irvine

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Alex Irvine
BornAlexander Christian Irvine
(1969-03-22) March 22, 1969 (age 53)[1]
Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Writer
  • lecturer
  • reporter
EducationB.A. University of Michigan
M.A. in English, University of Maine
PhD, University of Denver
GenreScience fiction, supernatural

Alexander Christian Irvine (born March 22, 1969) is an American fantasy and sci-fi author.


Irvine was born on March 22, 1969.[2] Irvine first gained attention with his Locus Award-winning 2002 novel A Scattering of Jades (which also won the Crawford Award in 2003) and the stories that would form the 2003 collection Unintended Consequences. He has also published the Grail Quest novel One King, One Soldier (2004), and the World War II-era historical fantasy The Narrows (2005).[3] He released a collection of thirteen short stories called Pictures from an Expedition in 2006.[3] Buyout, a novel set in 2041, was published by Random House in 2009.

In addition to his original works, Irvine has published Have Robot, Will Travel (2004), a novel set in Isaac Asimov's positronic robot milieu; and Batman: Inferno (2006), about the DC Comics superhero. His novel The Ultimates: Against All Enemies, about the Marvel Comics superhero team was published by Pocket Books in September 2007. He also wrote the Vertigo Encyclopedia.[4][5][6] As well as writing about comics he has written a number of comic book series, including one featuring Daimon Hellstrom for the Marvel Comics imprint MAX,[7][8] Daredevil Noir,[9][10] and "Iron Man: The Rapture."[11]

He has worked on Alternate Reality Games including The Beast and I Love Bees and is the writer of the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.[12]

Irvine has a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1991), an M.A. from the University of Maine (1996), and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver (2003).[3] From 2005-11, he was an assistant professor of English at the University of Maine.[3] He also worked for a time as a reporter at the Portland Phoenix.[13] He is married with twins, a boy and girl, and two younger children.[3] He was until recently a professor at the University of Southern Maine.

Irvine appeared on Jeopardy! in 2015, winning one day to win $26,000.[14]



  • A Scattering of Jades (2002, ISBN 0-7653-0116-4)
  • One King, One Soldier (2004, ISBN 0-345-46696-9)
  • The Narrows (2005, ISBN 0-345-46698-5)
  • The Life of Riley (2005, ISBN 1-59606-013-1)
  • Buyout (2009, ISBN 0-345-49433-4)
  • Mare Ultima. PS Publishing. 2012.
  • Anthropocene Rag. 2020.
Licensed work

Short fiction[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Akenhaten 2001 Irvine, Alex (April 2001). "Akenhaten". F&SF. 100 (4): 112–124.
Black Friday 2018
Chisel and chime 2020 F&SF (Jan/Feb 2020)
Intimations of immortality F&SF
Mystery Hill 2009 Irvine, Alex (2009). Mystery Hill. PS Publishing. Novella
Rosetti song 2000 Irvine, Alexander C. (March 2000). "Rosetti song". F&SF. 98 (3): 103–118.


  • Hellstorm: Son of Satan -- Equinox #1-5 (art by Russell Braun) (Marvel MAX, October 2006-February 2007)
  • Daredevil Noir: Liar's Poker #1-4 (art by Tomm Coker) (Marvel, April–July 2009)
  • The Murder of King Tut #1-5 (adapted from the novel by James Patterson, art by Christopher Mitten and Ron Randall) (IDW, June–October 2010)
  • Iron Man: The Rapture #1-4 (art by Lan Medina) (Marvel Knights, November 2010-January 2011)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun #1-5 (art by Peter Bergting) (IDW, January 2011-May 2011)[16][17]
  • Deus Ex: The Children's Crusade #1-5 (art by John Aggs) (Titan, February–June 2016)
  • Deus Ex Universe: The Dawning Darkness (art by John Aggs) (Titan, August 2016)



Awards and honors[edit]

As listed in Contemporary Authors.[3]

  • Lennie Isaacs Memorial Award, Clarion Writer's Workshop, 1993
  • Steve Grady Poetry Award, University of Maine, 1995
  • Albert Morton Turner Essay Prize, University of Maine, 1995
  • Technology in the First-Year English Classroom Award, University of Denver, 1999
  • Travel and dissertation research grant, ColRoMorA Family Foundation, 1999
  • Best Web site of the Year, Entertainment Weekly, for The Beast, 2001
  • Best Ideas of the Year, The New York Times, for The Beast, 2001
  • Pushcart Prize nomination for "Snapdragons", 2002
  • Best First Novel, Locus, for A Scattering of Jades, 2003
  • Best First Novel, International Horror Guild, for A Scattering of Jades, 2003
  • Crawford Award for best first novel, for A Scattering of Jades, 2003
  • International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for A Scattering of Jades, 2003
  • New England Press Award for investigative journalism, 2004
  • International Game Developers Association award for innovation, for I Love Bees, 2005
  • Critic's choice award, 48-hour Film Project, for "Music Box", 2006
  • Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, for "Wizard's Six", 2007


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^[user-generated source]
  3. ^ a b c d e f Irvine, Alexander C. Contemporary Authors. January 1, 2008. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2013. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  4. ^ CCI: The Vertigo Encyclopedia, Comic Book Resources, July 29, 2008
  5. ^ VanderMeer, Jeff. Alex Irvine and the Vertigo Encyclopedia, Omnivoracious, September 30, 2008
  6. ^ Alex Irvine talks us through our case of Vertigo, Forbidden Planet blog, November 14, 2008
  7. ^ Shout at the Devil: Irvine talks "Son of Satan", Comic Book Resources, June 2, 2006
  8. ^ WW Philadelphia - Axel Alonso on The Return of Hellstrom (cached), Newsarama, June 2, 2006
  9. ^ 'Daredevil Noir' Q&A With Writer Alex Irvine Archived 2009-08-02 at the Wayback Machine, Wizard Universe, September 12, 2008
  10. ^ The Man Who Would be King(pin): Irvine on Daredevil Noir, Comic Book Resources, April 3, 2009
  11. ^ "My Own Private Singularity: "Iron Man: Rapture" and the Horror, the Horror < PopMatters". Archived from the original on 2010-12-04.
  12. ^ "Disney forges new playbook with 'Avengers Alliance'". March 2012.
  13. ^ "University of Maine faculty page". Archived from the original on 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  14. ^ "J! Archive - Alex Irvine". Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  15. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.
  16. ^ "Dungeons & Dragons". IDW Publishing. Archived from the original on 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  17. ^ "DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DARK SUN #5 (OF 5) 10 COPY INCV (MAR110471)". Retrieved 2021-04-01.