Nick Perumov

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Nikolay Perumov (Russian: Николай Перумов)
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Born (1963-11-21) 21 November 1963 (age 52)
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Pen name Nick Perumov
Occupation Writer, microbiologist
Nationality Russia
Genre Fantasy

Nick Perumov (Russian: Ник Перумов) is the pen name of Nikolay Daniilovich Perumov (Russian: Николай Даниилович Перумов; born 21 November 1963), a Russian fantasy and science fiction writer.

Biography[edit]

Perumov was born 21 November 1963 in Leningrad, USSR. His father, Daniil Alexandrovich Perumov, was a biologist. Nikolai began writing short stories when he was a teenager, and after reading The Lord of the Rings in the early 1980s, he became a fantasy fan. After studying at the Leningrad Polytechnical Institute, Perumov worked at a research institute, and later as a translator.

In 1985–1991 he wrote his first fantasy novel Нисхождение тьмы (Descent of Darkness), which consisted of two volumes: Эльфийский Клинок (Elven Blade) and Черное Копье (Black Lance). The book was set in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, 300 years after the War of the Ring. Perumov initially regarded his novel as just a fan fiction written for friends, until one of his colleagues offered to publish it. In 1993 the duology, re-edited and renamed Кольцо Тьмы (The Ring of Darkness) was published by Severo-Zapad, which paid Perumov a small sum of $300. The Ring of Darkness was a surprising success. It sold at least 100,000 copies, and spurred Perumov's popularity. The book also provoked a controversy in Tolkien fandom; some fans considered it was not fair to set the book in Middle-Earth rather than Perumov's own setting, and to challenge Tolkien's philosophy of "Good against Evil" in it. Koltso Tmy, however, was one of a number of such projects, as several other 1990's Russian writers, including Natalia "Niennah" Vasilyeva and Kirill Yeskov, would publish unauthorized Middle-Earth books that challenged Tolkien far more sharply.

After the success of his debut, Perumov decided to start a career as a professional writer. He wrote the novel Гибель Богов (Godsdoom), heavily inspired by Norse mythology. It was the first book to be set in Упорядоченное (The Consistent), a multiverse of many connected worlds. The Consistent became the main setting of his following books, including the most known, 8-volume series Хранитель Мечей (The Keeper of Swords).

Over 4 million copies of Perumov's books have been published and his work has been translated into many languages, Northern and Eastern European mostly. One of his books, Godsdoom has also been translated to English by Liv Bliss. At Eurocon 2004 he was given an award as the best fiction writer of Europe. He is a good friend of Vera Kamsha, whom he persuaded to start a career as a writer. In the 2000s Kamsha also became a popular fantasy writer. Perumov enjoys Melnitsa music and wrote a cameo appearance for the band in one of his books.

In 1998, during the Russian financial crisis, Perumov moved to the United States of America. He currently works there for North Carolina Research Campus as a microbiologist. Nick claims writing is his 'hobby', and science is his job.

Series and Other works[edit]

Кольцо Тьмы (Ring of Darkness)

This fantasy novel takes place in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, 300 years after the War of the Ring. The books tell the story of hobbit Folko Brandybuck, the heir of Meriadoc, and his two dwarven friends, who are trying to protect Middle-earth from a new danger: powerful Olmer, the leader of the Eastern nations, who is gathering the remainder of the nine Nazgûl's Rings of Power. The original duology was later followed with the third book, Адамант Хенны (The Adamant of Henna). Judging by authors plans two more books of this series should come to the light.

  1. Эльфийский Клинок (Elven Blade, 1993)
  2. Черное Копье (Black Lance, 1993)
  3. Адамант Хенны (The Adamant of Henna, 1995)
  4. Небо Валинора (The Heaven of Valinor, TBA)
  5. Водопад (Waterfall, TBA)

Хроники Хьерварда (Hjorward chronicles)

Initially it was a three-volume series of non-connected novels telling the different parts of Hjorward world history, including the rebellion of Hedin and Rakot against the Young Gods, the main event of Consistent history. It is continued by some spin-offs and series of Godsdoom 2.

  1. Гибель Богов (Godsdoom, 1995)
  2. Воин Великой Тьмы (Warrior of Great Darkness, 1995)
  3. Земля Без Радости (The Land Without Joy, 1995)
  4. Раб Неназываемого (The Slave of Undenoted, cancelled, intended to be one of initial four-volume series)
  5. 1000 Лет Хрофта (1000 Years of Khroft, 2013)
  6. Белая Кровь Рассвета (White Blood of Dawn, cancelled, sequel of 'The Land Without Joy')


Хранитель Мечей (Keeper of the Swords)

Also known as 'Chronicles of The Rift' or 'Series of Mage', this eight-volume series tells the story of Fess the necromancer, who keeps the secret of magical Diamond and Wooden swords. Fess was caught in the 'closed' world of Evial, and suffers the pressure of local inquisition.

  1. Алмазный Меч, Деревянный Меч (Diamond Sword, Wooden Sword, 1998)
  2. Рождение Мага (Birth of the Mage, 1999)
  3. Странствия Мага (Wandering of the Mage, 2000)
  4. Одиночество Мага (Loneliness of the Mage, 2001)
  5. Война Мага: Дебют (War of the Mage: Debut, 2003)
  6. Война Мага: Миттельшпиль (War of the Mage: Middlegame, 2004)
  7. Война Мага: Эндшпиль (War of the Mage: Endgame, 2006)
  8. Война Мага: Конец Игры (War of the Mage: Game Over, 2006)

Short novels connected:

  • Дочь Некроманта (Daughter of the Necromancer, 2000)
  • Вернуть Посох (Bring Back the Rod, 2000)
  • Эльфийская Стража, или Лемех и Борозда (Elfguard, or Plough and Furrow, 2013)

Гибель Богов 2 (Godsdoom 2)

A finale to the whole Consistent universe.[1] Apparently it is yet to be finished.

  • Гибель Богов 2: Память пламени (Godsdoom 2: Memory of Flames, 2012)
  • Гибель Богов 2: Удерживая небо (Godsdoom 2: Holding the Sky, 2012)
  • Гибель Богов 2: Пепел Асгарда (Godsdoom 2: Ashes of Asgard, 2013)
  • Гибель Богов 2: Асгард Возрождённый (Godsdoom 2: Asgard Resurrected, 2015)
  • Гибель Богов 2: Хедин, враг мой (Godsdoom 2: Hedin, The Enemy of Mine, first volume - 2015, second volume - 2016)

Империя Превыше Всего (Empire Above All)

Science fiction duology tells about a distant future in which the "German nation" became the human hegemon in the Galaxy, namely through abandonning its Nazi ideology in favour of a multicultural "Empire Above All" nationalism. The book centers on the quest of Ruslan Fateev to attain independence for his homeworld of New Crimea, the sole Russian-speaking corner of the Empire (according to the books, the overwhelming majority of Russians chose voluntary germanisation over the centuries). All this is set in an atmosphere of uprisings of a federation of colony worlds against the Empire and the invasion of human planets by mysterious alien creatures named "Biomorphs".

  1. Череп на Рукаве (Skull on a Sleeve, 2002)
  2. Череп в Небесах (Skull in the Sky, 2004)

Техномагия (Technomagic)

  1. Разрешенное Волшебство (Legal Wizardy, 1996)
  2. Враг Неведом (Enemy is Unknown, 1997)
  3. Зона Магов (Zone of Mages, cancelled)

Семь зверей Райлега (Seven Beasts of Raileg)

  1. Тёрн (Thorn, 2007)
  2. Алиедора (Aliedora, 2009)
  3. Имя Зверя:Взглянуть в бездну (The Name of the Beast: Take a Look into Abyss, 2011)
  4. Имя Зверя:Исход Дракона (The Name of the Beast: Dragon Exodus, 2011)

Я, Всеслав (Me, Vseslav)

  1. Русский Меч (Russian Sword, 2008)
  2. Выпарь Железо из Крови (Vapour Iron from Blood, 2008)
  3. Пес Всеслава ( Vseslav's Cur, 2008)
  4. Случай под Кубинкой ( Incident near Kubinka, TBA)
  5. Эльф с Края Света ( Elve from The World's End, unknown)
  6. Богатырская Застава ( Heroic Outpost, unknown)

Out of Series

  • Специалист по безопасности (Security Specialist, unknown)
  • Миссия Мессии (Messiah's Missiion, unknown, to be renamed)
  • Кормовые - Пли! (Sterns - Fire!, TBA)
  • Суд (Tribunal, finished, not to be published, based on "Hard to be a God" by Arkadi and Boris Strugatski)
  • 41 (unknown)
  • Крепость Этенгарда (Stronghold of Ethgenard, unknown)
  • ... Погибнуть не представлялось возможным (...Perishing seems not to be possible, unknown)
  • Сказочка (Little Tale, unknown)

Co-authored works

  • Чёрная Кровь (Black Blood, 1996) with Svyatoslav Loginov
  • Не Время Для Драконов (No Time For Dragons, 1997) with Sergey Lukyanenko.
  • Армагеддон (Armageddon, 2000, published in USA as 'Lords of Terror') with Allan Cole.
  • Посредник (Mediator, 1996) with Polina Kaminskaya.
  • Похитители Душ (Kidnappers of Souls, 1996) with Polina Kaminskaya.
  • Один на Один (One on One, 1997) with Polina Kaminskaya.
  • Млава красная (Mlava the Red, 2011) with Vera Kamsha.
  • Черная Метель (Black Snowstorm, at work, sequel of 'Mlava the Red') with Vera Kamsha.
  • Верное Слово (True Word, 2016) wiath Darja Zarubina.

Story collections

  • Испытано на себе (Tested on Self, 2007)
  • Волчье поле (Wolve's marge, 2008)
  • Воевода и Ночь (Voevode and The Night, 2010)
  • Молли из Норд-Йорка (Molly from Nord-York, 2015)

Трилогия о Молли Блэкуотер (Molly Blackwater Trilogy)

  • Молли Блэкуотер. За краем мира (Moly Blackwater. Beyond World's Edge. 2016)
  • Сталь, пар и магия (Steel, Steam and Magic. TBA)

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Sergey Lukyanenko
ESFS award for Best Author
2004
Succeeded by
Marina and Sergey Dyachenko

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