Today Pan Macmillan announces their acquisition of Christopher Paolini’s To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. 

This will be published under the Tor imprint in the UK. Tor will also publish in the US. This is a new science fiction novel from the Sunday Times and no.1 New York Times bestselling author. It was acquired by Pan Macmillan in the UK – by publisher Jeremy Trevathan, with Editorial Director Bella Pagan, via Simon Lipskar of the Writers House Literary Agency. It will be published by Macmillan internationally under Tor.

Picture Credit: Pan Macmillan
Picture Credit: Pan Macmillan

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is an exciting departure from Paolini’s internationally bestselling fantasy series, which became a global phenomenon. This new book is an adventure on an intergalactic scale, where incredible events have world-shattering consequences. But it’s also a story of human strength in the face of adversity, where we follow an incredible protagonist on her awe-inspiring journey. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact. Epic space battles for the fate of humanity take her to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and, in the process, transform not only her
– but the entire course of history.

Christopher Paolini says of the novel, ‘I am extremely excited to be working with the awesome folks at Tor Books to publish To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. This book is my love letter to the genre of science fiction. With it, I wanted to capture the sense of wonder I feel when looking at the stars . . . or when thinking about the future of humanity as it expands beyond Earth. I’ve been working on this story for over six years, and I can’t wait for people to read it!’

Jeremy Trevathan commented, ‘Christopher Paolini’s new science fiction novel is a complete triumph; everything you’d expect from a writer of his stature and more. We are delighted to be embarking on this publishing adventure together.’

Bella Pagan enthused: ‘I’m so thrilled to be publishing Christopher’s extraordinary new book. Readers should prepare themselves for pure, page-turning excitement. I loved every minute of it.’

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars will be published in September 2020.

Christopher Paolini (c) Lo Hunter via Pan Macmillan


Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana, with his family. He published his first novel, Eragon, in 2003 at the age of 19 and quickly became a publishing phenomenon. His Inheritance Cycle, Eragon and its three sequels, have sold nearly 40 million copies worldwide. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is his first adult novel.


Pan Macmillan is the UK general book publishing arm of the Macmillan Group, which operates in over 70 countries.  Its imprints include Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Bluebird, Tor, Macmillan Children’s Books, Macmillan Collectors Library, Kingfisher, Campbell Books, Two Hoots and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan was named Publisher of the Year at The Bookseller Industry Awards in May 2015 and again in May 2017. 


Pan Macmillan’s Tor imprint has a reputation for out-of-this-world fiction in the UK and beyond. Pan Macmillan’s bestselling and award-winning genre authors include Douglas Adams, Zen Cho, Genevieve Cogman, John Gwynne, Peter F. Hamilton, Amanda Hocking, Jeff Noon, Naomi Novik, Charles Stross and Adrian Tchaikovsky.


Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, is a New York-based publisher of bestselling and critically acclaimed fiction in all formats. Founded in 1980, Tor publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of award-winning science fiction and fantasy, with its books receiving every major award in the SF and Fantasy field. Tor has been named Best Publisher 30 years in a row in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.


One of the top five publishers in India, Pan Macmillan India is one of the newest and fastest growing publishers in the country today. Set up in 1998, Pan Macmillan India began full scale publishing operations in India in August 2010. Prior to this the company was distributing Pan Macmillan International titles in the Indian subcontinent along with its locally published titles under Picador India.

Some of Pan Macmillan’s authors include V.S. Naipaul, Aravind Adiga, Ramachandra Guha, Alan Hollinghurst, Jeffrey Archer, David Baldacci, Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Ken Follett, Danielle Steel, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Cook, Peter James, Nelson Mandela, Osho, Pope Francis, Carmine Gallo, Chris Guillebeau, Emma Donoghue, Roberto Bolaño, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Rita Chowdhury, Kristin Hannah, Cormac McCarthy, John Banville, Aatish Taseer, and Kunal Basu.

Pan Macmillan India started the publishing under the PICADOR INDIA imprint and soon included PAN & MACMILLAN imprints to cover its local commercial fiction and non-fiction publishing. The most recent inclusion to this list is the MACMILLAN POPULAR CLASSICS imprint. It exclusively distributes Seagull Books, Sounds True and Little Pearl Books in the Indian Subcontinent. 

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