Rothfuss in 2014
|Born||Patrick James Rothfuss
June 6, 1973
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
|Notable awards||Quill Award (2007), David Gemmell Award (2012)|
Life and career
Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and received his B.S. in English from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in 1999 after spending nine years as an undergraduate. He contributed to The Pointer, the campus paper and produced a widely circulated parody warning about the Goodtimes Virus.
He graduated in 1999, received an MA at Washington State University, and returned to teach at Stevens Point. In 2002, he won the Writers of the Future 2002 Second Quarter competition with "The Road to Levinshir", an excerpt from his then-unpublished novel The Wise Man's Fear. In 2006 Rothfuss subsequently sold his novel The Name of the Wind to DAW Books, which was released in 2007.
In June 2015, he and Max Temkin created a podcast called Unattended Consequences (then named Untitled Patrick Rothfuss), a series of casual phone calls between the two in which they talk about whatever is on their minds.
Rothfuss has two sons whose names he does not use on the internet for their privacy (on his blog he calls them "Oot" and "Cutie Snoo") and lives in a house he bought with his girlfriend, Sarah.
Rothfuss organizes the charity Worldbuilders, which, since 2008, has raised over $4 million, primarily for Heifer International, a charity which provides livestock, clean water, education and training for communities in the developing world.
Rothfuss' first novel, The Name of the Wind, was published in 2007. It won a Quill Award (for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror) and was listed among Publishers Weekly's "Books of the Year". It also won an Alex Award in 2008.
Rothfuss has also released two novella-length stories in anthologies. The first was "How Old Holly Came To Be" published in Unfettered (anthology) on June 21, 2013. 'Unfettered' also featured authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Lev Grossman, Jim Butcher, and 19 others.
Roleplaying & boardgames
Rothfuss role-plays a character named Viari (whose appearance is based on Kvothe's) in the Penny Arcade's live Dungeons & Dragons games (also known as Acquisitions Inc.) from season 7 onward. He also role-plays a guest character Kerrek, a human Paladin, in Geek and Sundry's show Critical Role episode 56, "Hope" and again in episodes 81-84 and recorded a letter his character wrote which was heard in episode 69, "Passed Through Fire".
Rothfuss was a guest on Wil Wheaton's Tabletop, playing Lords of Waterdeep on Episode 10 of Season 2, which he won. He will appear in a season 4 episode playing Eldritch Horror with Wil, Stef Woodburn and Jessica Merizan.
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things, featuring Auri, was released in October 2014.
- "The Lightning Tree" – a short story featuring Bast from the Kingkiller world. (June 2014, Bantam), Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois ISBN 978-0345537263
- Member of the Story Design team for inXile's Torment: Tides of Numenera game (February 2017, Techland; partner -- Rhin)
- "How Old Holly Came To Be" – A fantasy short story told from an unusual character of the Kingkiller world. (July 2013, Grim Oak Press), Unfettered, Edited by Shawn Speakman ISBN 978-0-9847136-3-9
- The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle Part II: The Dark of Deep Below (October/November 2013, In Progress, Subterranean Press)
- The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle Part I: The Thing Beneath the Bed (July 2010, Subterranean Press)
- "The Road to Levinshir" – An excerpt from his then-unpublished Kingkiller Chronicle novel The Wise Man's Fear (July 2008, Subterranean Press), Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy. Also published in EPIC: Legends of Fantasy Anthology, Edited by John Joseph Adams ISBN 978-1-61696-084-1
- Your Annotated, Illustrated College Survival Guide (January 2005, Cornerstone Press)
Awards and honors
- #1 The New York Times Best Seller
- Writers of the Future (2002 Second Quarter)
- Quill Award (2007)
- "Best Books of the Year" (2007) – Publishers Weekly – Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
- Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Epic Fantasy (2007)
- Gollancz 50 Top Ten SciFi/Fantasy (2011)
- NPR Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books (2011)
- "David Gemmell Legend Award" (2012)
- Ranked 3rd in "Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels" by Locus (2012)
- Rothfuss, Patrick (May 8, 2008). "Your College Survival Guide: The End". The Pointer. University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Retrieved June 12, 2009.
- "Legend/AntiLegend: Humor as an Integral Part of the Contemporary Legend Process", in Rumor Mills: The Social Impact of Rumor and Legend, ed. Gary Alan Fine, Veronique Campion-Vincent, and Chip Heath, pp. 131-33. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. ISBN 978-0-202-30747-3
- Rothfuss, Patrick (2007). "Bio". Patrick Rothfuss official website. Retrieved September 1, 2008.
- "2002". Writers of the Future Contest Winners. Author Services, Inc. 2007. Archived from the original on September 9, 2007. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 15, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
- "Why I Love My Editor…". Blog.patrickrothfuss.com. July 9, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2013. "On Being Manly". Blog.patrickrothfuss.com. July 5, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2013. "Following up, Moving on, and the Cuteness of Cutie". Blog.patrickrothfuss.com. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- "Worldbuilders: How We Got Started.". Retrieved December 3, 2014. "Worldbuilders 2015: The Wrap Up". Retrieved March 6, 2016
- https://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2011-03-20/hardcover-fiction/list.html. Retrieved 18 December 2014
- "World Fantasy Awards 2015". sfadb.com. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
- "Critical Role: Episode 56 - Hope". Geek and Sundry. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- "Critical Role: Episode 69 - Passed Through Fire". Geek and Sundry. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Rothfuss, Patrick (April 18, 2010). "I said I'd tell you when I knew...". blog.patrickrothfuss.com. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- "Torment: Tides of Numenera by inXile entertainment — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle". catalog. Subterranean Press.
- "Your Annotated, Illustrated College Survival Guide". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "UWSP lecturer honored at 2007 Quill Awards" (Press release). University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. October 26, 2007. Archived from the original on 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
- "PW's Best Books of the Year". Publishers Weekly. November 5, 2007. Archived from the original on May 12, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
- "RT Award Nominees & Winners". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books". npr.org. August 11, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- DeNardo, John (June 17, 2012). "Winners: 2012 David Gemmell Award." SFSignal.com. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
- (2012-06-15) "David Gemmell Legend Award Winners 2012 Announced." GemmellAward.com. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- "Locus Announces Winners of "Best Novels of 20th and 21st Century" Poll". Tor.com. December 22, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
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