Garth Nix

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Garth Nix
Garth nix 2012.jpg
Nix at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born Garth Richard Nix
(1963-07-19) 19 July 1963 (age 54)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Writer
Nationality Australian
Period c. 1995–present
Genre Fantasy
Website
garthnix.com

Garth Richard Nix (born 19 July 1963) is an Australian writer who specialises in children's and young adult fantasy novels, notably the Old Kingdom, Seventh Tower and Keys to the Kingdom series. He has frequently been asked if his name is a pseudonym, to which he has responded, "I guess people ask me because it sounds like the perfect name for a writer of fantasy. However, it is my real name."[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Melbourne, Nix was raised in Canberra.[2] He attended Turner Primary School, Lyneham High School and Dickson College for schooling. While at Dickson College, Nix joined the Australian Army Reserve.[3] After a period working for the Australian government, he traveled in Europe before returning to Australia in 1983 and undertaking a BA in professional writing at Canberra University. He worked in a Canberra bookshop after graduation, before moving to Sydney in 1987, where he worked his way up in the publishing field. He was a sales rep and publicist before becoming a Senior editor at HarperCollins. In 1993 he commenced further travel in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe before becoming a marketing consultant, founding his own company, Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd. From 1999-2002 he worked as a literary agent with Curtis Brown (Australia) Pty Ltd before becoming a full-time author.[4]

In addition to his work as a fantasy novelist, Nix has written a number of scenarios and articles for the role playing field, including those for Dungeons & Dragons and Traveller. These have appeared in related publications such as White Dwarf, Multiverse and Breakout!. He has also written case studies, articles and news items in the information technology field, his work appearing in publications such as Computerworld and PCWorld.[4]

Nix lives in Sydney with his wife Anna McFarlane, a publisher, and their sons Thomas, Henry and Edward.[5]

Works[edit]

Very Clever Baby[edit]

These books were essentially self-published (though later republished by Text Media in Melbourne) and although aimed at "Very Clever Babies Aged 3–6 Months", some help is needed from parents with the long words such as "ichthyologist" used by the character Freddy the Fish.

  • Very Clever Baby's First Reader (1988)
  • Very Clever Baby's Ben Hur (1988)
  • Very Clever Baby's Guide to the Greenhouse Effect (1992)
  • Very Clever Baby's First Christmas (1998)

Young Adult Series[edit]

The Old Kingdom[edit]

Novels
Companion works
  • The Creature in the Case (2005) (Novella produced for World Book Day) – Released as part of Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories with the title changing to Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case.
  • An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer (2009) – Short Story released on oldkingdom.com.au[6]
  • To Hold the Bridge (Novella, initially released in an anthology titled Legends of Australian Fantasy, edited by Jack Dann and Jonathan Strahan)[7] – Released as part of To Hold the Bridge (Collection)
Compilations
  • The Old Kingdom Chronicles (2009) (titled The Abhorsen Chronicles in the United States) – First three Abhorsen books and The Creature in the Case

The Seventh Tower[edit]

  1. The Fall (2000)
  2. Castle (2000)
  3. Aenir (2001)
  4. Above the Veil (2001)
  5. Into Battle (2001)
  6. The Violet Keystone (2001)

The Keys to the Kingdom[edit]

  1. Mister Monday (2003)
  2. Grim Tuesday (2004)
  3. Drowned Wednesday (2005)
  4. Sir Thursday (2006)
  5. Lady Friday (2007)
  6. Superior Saturday (2008)
  7. Lord Sunday (2010)

Troubletwisters[edit]

A collaboration with Sean Williams.[8]

  1. Troubletwisters (2011)
  2. The Monster (2012)
  3. The Mystery (June 2013)
  4. The Missing (2014)

Shade's Children[edit]

Part of another series[edit]

Spirit Animals[edit]

Part of a multi-author series.

Aussie Bites[edit]

  • 2000 Serena and the Sea Serpent (in Aussie Bites series)

The X-Files: Young Adult[edit]

  • 1997 "The Calusari: A Novelization

Standalone novels[edit]

Adult Series[edit]

Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz[edit]

  1. 2007 “Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go To War Again”, in Jim Baen's Universe
  2. 2008 “Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar-Pirates of Sarsköe”, in Fast Ships, Black Sails edited by Jeff Vandermeer and Ann Vandermeer
  3. 2010 “A Suitable Present for a Sorcerous Puppet”, in Swords and Dark Magic, edited by Lou Anders and Jonathan Strahan
  4. 2013 “Losing Her Divinity”, in Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales, edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt
  5. 2014 “A Cargo of Ivories”, in Rogues, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  6. 2014 “Home is the Haunter”, in Fearsome Magics, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • 1-3 are collected in Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz: Three Adventures — A collection of "Sir Hereward...", "Beyond the Sea Gate..." and "A Suitable Present..." in one Kindle E-book (2011)

Short Stories[edit]

Collections[edit]

  • 2007 One Beastly Beast: Two Aliens, Three Inventors, Four Fantastic Tales - a book of short stories for younger readers
    • Serena and the Sea
    • Bill the Inventor
    • Blackbread the Pirate
    • The Princess and the Beastly Beast
  • 2005 Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories
    • 2005 “Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case” first published for World Book Day
    • 2001 “Under the Lake” first in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
    • 2005 “Charlie Rabbit” first in Kids’ Night In, collected for War Child
    • 1996 “From the Lighthouse” first in Fantastic Worlds, edited by Paul Collins
    • 2001 “The Hill” first in X-Changes: Stories for a New Century
    • 2001 “Lightning Bringer” first in Love & Sex, edited by Michael Cart
    • 1987 “Down to the Scum Quarter” first in Myths and Legends in and Breakout! magazine in 1988
    • 2002 “Heart’s Desire” first in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
    • 2000 “Hansel’s Eyes” first in A Wolf at the Door edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
    • 2003 “Hope Chest” first in Firebirds, edited by Sharyn November
    • 1999 “My New Really Epic Fantasy Series” first in the Swancon Program Book
    • 2000 “Three Roses” first in Eidolon magazine, Autumn 2000.
    • 2004 “Endings” first in Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales, edited by Deborah Noyes
  • 2015 To Hold the Bridge
    • 2010 “To Hold the Bridge: An Old Kingdom Story” first in Legends of Australian Fantasy, edited by Jack Dann and Jonathan Strahan
    • 2011 “Vampire Weather” first in Teeth, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
    • 2008 “Strange Fishing in the Western Highlands” first in Hellboy: Oddest Jobs, edited by Christopher Golden,
    • 2008 “Old Friends” first in Dreaming Again, edited by Jack Dann
    • 2011 “The Quiet Knight” first in Geektastic, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
    • 2012 “You Won’t Feel a Thing” first in After, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
    • 2012 “A Handful of Ashes” first in Under My Hat, edited by Jonathan Strahan
    • 2012 “The Big Question” first in Elsewhere, Edinburgh Festival Special
    • 2009 “Stop!” first in The Dragon Book edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
    • 2008 "Infestation” first in The Starry Rift edited by Jonathan Strahan
    • 2011 “The Heart of the City” first in Subterranean Online magazine
    • "Ambrose and the Ancient Spirits of East and West” first in The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, edited by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff Vandermeer
    • 2007 “Holly and Iron” first in Wizards, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
    • 2011 “The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder: As Experienced by Sir Magnus Holmes and Almost-Doctor Susan Shrike” first in Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
    • 2009 “An Unwelcome Guest” first in Troll’s-Eye View, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
    • 2010 “The Highest Justice” first in Zombies vs. Unicorns, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
    • 2012 “Master Haddad’s Holiday” first as a bonus story in the Australian edition of A Confusion of Princes
    • 2012 “Sidekick of Mars” first in Under the Moons of Mars, edited by John Joseph Adams
    • 2011 “Peace in Our Time” first in Steampunk! edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • 2011 Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz: Three Adventures — A collection of "Sir Hereward...", "Beyond the Sea Gate..." and "A Suitable Present..." in one Kindle E-book A collection of works for adults.

Uncollected stories[edit]

  • 1984 “Sam, Cars and the Cuckoo” in Warlock magazine no. 2
  • 1996 “The Kind Old Sun Will Know” first published in Eidolon magazine
  • 2005 "Read It in the Headlines!" in Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales (ed. Robert Hood, Robin Pen)
  • 2006 “Dog Soldier” first published in Jim Baen’s Universe, 2006
  • 2007 “Bad Luck, Trouble, Death and Vampire Sex” first published in Eclipse, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • 2009 An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer – Short Story released on oldkingdom.com.au[9]
  • 2010 "The Highest Justice" in Zombies vs. Unicorns (ed Justine Larbalestier, Holly Black)
  • 2013 “Crossing the Line” first published in Fearie Tales, edited by Stephen Jones
  • 2013 “Fire Above, Fire Below” first published by Tor.com
  • 2014 “Shay Corsham Worsted” first published in Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • 2014 “Happy Go Lucky” first published in Kaleidoscope, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
  • 2015 "By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers" in Old Venus (edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, 2015[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nix, Garth (2007). Across the Wall. Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-00-722146-2. 
  2. ^ "Garth Nix". AUSTLIT (austlit.edu.au). Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  3. ^ Nix, Garth. "Something about Garth Nix". Garth Nix. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Collins, Paul; Steven Paulsen; Sean McMullen (1998). The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-522-84771-4. 
  5. ^ David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, ed. (2006). Year's Best Fantasy 6. Tachyon Publications. ISBN 1-892391-37-6. 
  6. ^ oldkingdom.com.au – An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer
  7. ^ "residence". Inside A Dog. 
  8. ^ "Fantasy authors to collaborate on Troubletwisters". Hindustan Times. 29 March 2010. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  9. ^ oldkingdom.com.au – An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer
  10. ^ Martin, George R. R. (19 June 2014). "Not A Blog: Venus In March". GRRM.livejournal.com. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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