Max Gladstone

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Max Gladstone
Max Gladstone at Worldcon in Helsinki 2017.
Max Gladstone at Worldcon in Helsinki 2017.
Born (1984-04-28) April 28, 1984 (age 35)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materYale University
GenreUrban fantasy
Notable worksThree Parts Dead
Years active2012–present

Max Gladstone (born May 28, 1984) is an American fantasy author. He is best known for his 2012 debut novel Three Parts Dead, which is part of the Craft Sequence, and his urban fantasy serial Bookburners.

Prepared at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School in Tennessee, Gladstone is a graduate of Yale University, where he studied Chinese.[1] He has worked in China, including as a teacher[2] in a rural area of Anhui from 2006 to 2008, and as a translator for a car magazine.[3]

In April 2013, Gladstone was nominated for the 2012 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[4]


The Craft Sequence[edit]

Gladstone's first novel, Three Parts Dead, was published by Tor Books on October 2, 2012, to positive reception.[5][6] It was followed by Two Serpents Rise in 2013, Full Fathom Five in 2014, Last First Snow in 2015, and Four Roads Cross in 2016, all part of his Craft Sequence. Publication of the Craft Sequence has moved to The sixth novel, Ruin of Angels, was published by in 2017. It will be followed by both novels and novella-length works starting in 2018.[7]

Serial Box Publishing[edit]

In September 2015, Serial Box Publishing launched Bookburners, a weekly urban fantasy serial created by Gladstone, and written by team of authors consisting of himself, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery.[8] The first season ran from September to December 2015 for 16 episodes: Gladstone wrote the pilot as well as episodes 7, 11, and 16.[9] In January 2016, Serial Box renewed Bookburners for a second season, set to premiere in Summer 2016.[10]

Gladstone's newest serial, The Witch Who Came in From the Cold, co-created with Lindsay Smith, launched in January 2016 from Serial Box.[11] The serial, written by Gladstone, Smith, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, and Michael Swanwick, is a Cold War supernatural spy thriller set in the 1970s.[12] The first season is set to run for 13 episodes. Simon and Schuster's Saga Press imprint released print collections of the first season of Bookburners in January 2017.[13] A collection of season one of The Witch Who Came in From the Cold will be published in June 2017.[14]

Other work[edit]

Gladstone is to write a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game tie-in novel for Paizo Publishing.[15] Since 2016 he is also part of the team of writers working on George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards anthology series.[16] The Highway Kind, a fantasy road trip novel, was announced for publication in 2018 by Tor Books but has not yet seen print.[7] Gladstone's space opera, Empress of Forever, was published in 2019.[17]



  • Empress of Forever (2019), ISBN 978-0765395818
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War (with Amal El-Mohtar, 2019), ISBN 978-1529405231

The Craft Sequence[edit]

In order of publication
  1. Three Parts Dead (2012), ISBN 978-0765333100
  2. Two Serpents Rise (2013), ISBN 978-0765333124
  3. Full Fathom Five (2014), ISBN 978-0-7653-3574-6
  4. Last First Snow (2015), ISBN 978-0-7653-7940-5
  5. Four Roads Cross (2016), ISBN 978-1466868410
  6. The Ruin of Angels (2017), ISBN 978-0-7653-9589-4[18]
In internal chronological order[19]
  1. Last First Snow
  2. Two Serpents Rise
  3. Three Parts Dead
  4. Four Roads Cross
  5. Full Fathom Five
  6. The Ruin of Angels

Serial fiction[edit]

  • Bookburners (created by Gladstone)
    • Bookburners Season One (with Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery) (2017)
      • Episode 1: "Badge, Book, and Candle" (2015)
      • Episode 7: "Now and Then" (2015)
      • Episode 11: "Codex Umbra" (2015)
      • Episode 16: "Siege" (2015)
    • Bookburners Season Two (with Dunlap, Lafferty, Slattery, Andrea Phillips, and Amal El-Mohtar)
      • Episode 1: "Creepy Town" (2016)
      • Episode 6: "Incognita" (2016)
      • Episode 13: "The End of the Day" (2016)
    • Bookburners Season Three (with Dunlap, Lafferty, Phillips, and Slattery)
      • Episode 1: "Bubbles of Earth" (2017)
      • Episode 6: "Oracle Bones" (2017)
      • Episode 13: "Live in London" (2017)
    • Bookburners Season Four (with Dunlap, Lafferty, Phillips, and Slattery)
      • Episode 1: "Body Problems" (2018)
      • Episode 10: "Alexandria Leaving" (2018)
  • The Witch Who Came in From the Cold (co-created by Gladstone & Lindsay Smith)
    • The Witch Who Came in From the Cold Season One (with Lindsay Smith, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, and Michael Swanwick) (forthcoming, 2017)
      • Episode 1: "A Long, Cold Winter" (with Lindsay Smith, 2016)
      • Episode 3: "Double Blind" (2016)
      • Episode 9: "Head Case" (2016)
      • Episode 13: "Company Time" (with Lindsay Smith, 2016)
    • The Witch Who Came in From the Cold Season Two (with Smith, Clarke, Tregillis, and Fran Wilde)
      • Episode 2: "Complicating Factors" (2017)
      • Episode 8: "What's Gone, What's Left Behind" (2017)
      • Episode 11: "Absent Friends" (2017)

Interactive fiction[edit]

  • Choice of the Deathless (2013)
  • Deathless: The City's Thirst (2015)

Both games, published by Choice of Games, are set in the Craft Sequence universe.

Short fiction[edit]

  • "On Starlit Seas", The Book of Exodi, ed. Michael K. Eidson (2009)
  • "The Four Modernizations", Necrotic Tissue #9 (2010)
  • "Drona's Death", xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths, ed. Kate Bernheimer (2013)
  • "The Angelus Guns",, ed. Marco Palmieri (2014)
  • "A Kiss With Teeth",, ed. Marco Palmieri, ISBN 978-1466884557 (2014)
  • "Man in the Middle", Shared Nightmares, eds. Steven Diamond an Nathan Shumate (2014)
  • "Late Nights at the Cape and Cane", Uncanny Magazine (2014)
  • "The Iron Man", The Grimm Future, ed. Erin Underwood (2016)
  • "Big Thrull and the Askin’ Man", Uncanny Magazine (2016)
  • "Giants in the Sky", The Starlit Wood, eds. Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe (2016)
  • "The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom",, ed. Marco Palmieri (2017)
  • "Crispin's Model",, ed. Marco Palmieri (2017)
  • "To a Cloven Pie", Robots vs. Fairies, eds. Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe (2018)
  • "Fitting In: A Wild Cards Story",, ed. George R. R. Martin (2018)
  • "The Secret Life of Rubberband", Texas Hold'em, ed. George R. R. Martin (2018)


  1. ^ Gladstone, Max. "About". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  2. ^ Ay-leen the Peacemaker (30 October 2012). "Max Gladstone Brings the Gods to Court in Three Parts Dead". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  3. ^ Landon, Justin (1 October 2012). "Interview with Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead". Staffer's Book Review. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ "2013 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  5. ^ Grilo, Ana (12 October 2012). "Max Gladstone's Delightfully Misleading 'Three Parts Dead'". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ Tilahun, Naamen (14 November 2012). "Three Parts Dead mixes magic with courtroom drama". io9. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b Cunningham, Joel (10 August 2016). "Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence Moves to Publishing; Will Mix Novels and Novellas, Continue to Be Awesome". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Introducing Bookburners". Serial Box. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Bookburners". Serial Box. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Announcing Bookburners Season 2!". Serial Box. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Serial Launch: The Witch Who Came In From The Cold". Serial Box. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  12. ^ Gladstone, Max (27 January 2016). "The Witch Who Came In From The Cold – Out Now!". max gladstone. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  13. ^ Cunningham, Joel (2 March 2016). "Saga Press to Publish Print Editions of Three Serial Box Titles". The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Witch Who Came In from the Cold: Season One from Saga Press". The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  15. ^ Moher, Aidan (15 April 2015). "Max Gladstone announces upcoming Pathfinder Tales novel". A Dribble of Ink. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  16. ^ Martin, George R. R. (16 March 2016). "Wild Cards Times Three". Not A Blog. Archived from the original on 18 July 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
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  18. ^ "Here's the cover and an excerpt from Max Gladstone's next Craft novel". The Verge. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  19. ^ Lough, Chris (5 August 2016). "What Order Should You Read The Craft Sequence In?". Retrieved 5 August 2016.

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