Alex Irvine

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Alex Irvine
BornAlexander Christian Irvine
(1969-03-22) March 22, 1969 (age 50)[1]
Ypsilanti, Michigan
OccupationWriter, lecturer and 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 science fiction writer.


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]


Original fiction[edit]

  • 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)
  • Mystery Hill (novella, PS Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1-906301-40-8)
  • Irvine, Alex (2012). Mare Ultima. PS Publishing.

Licensed work[edit]


  • 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)
  • Dark Sun: Ianto's Tomb #1-5 (January 2011-)

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



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