Christopher’s next book promises “aliens, spaceships, lasers, strange new planets, and explosions”!


It has been three years since the release of Inheritance, the final chapter in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, and fans are clamoring for information on Christopher’s next big project – be it set in the world of Alagaesia or in an entirely new universe.

With nearly three years to embark on new projects behind him, Christopher has now begun to speak about his future as a storyteller, including the future of the Inheritance universe and other stories the author plans to tell. Christopher has used his own platforms, including Twitter, as well as interviews and guest articles to detail the work he’s done over the past several years in addition to the projects he is currently working on and his vision for the future of his universes, including Inheritance.

With ten months of planning and months more of writing, Christopher was finally ready to discuss his next project in an article with Barnes and Noble promoting their “Get Pop Cultured” week. Christopher reflected on writing Inheritance, the shock of finishing a project he had spent over twelve years working on, and how he began writing outside of the Inheritance universe.

“Writing the Inheritance Cycle was like training for and competing in the Olympics. For over twelve years, I spent nearly every waking moment working on, thinking about, or discussing the series.” …

“Even though I knew I was approaching the end of the series, even though I’d anticipated it—and planned for it—for years, finishing it was still a shock. All of a sudden, this massive thing that had been the focal point of my life since I was fifteen was . . . gone.

The experience was both terrifying and exhilarating.”

Naturally, after over a decade writing in the same style, within the same universe, and with the same mindset, Christopher didn’t just dive into his next big project. Instead, he dipped his toes into the water, tried his hand at a variety of projects, and generally had fun growing:

“I messed around with a number of short stories, each in a different style. I even tried my hand at a screenplay (they’re harder than they look). And I read as many books and watched as many movies as I could.”

However, it would seem he couldn’t stay away from that new big project for too long:

“Once I had recharged my creative batteries, I knew I was ready to tackle something bigger. Much bigger. So I began researching the information I’d need. For nine to ten months, I scoured the Internet for details obvious and obscure. I called and emailed professors around the world. I spent days hashing over various world-building issues with my friends and family. All so that I could do justice to the setting I had decided on for my next story.

And then, only then, did I start to write.

So far, it’s been a blast. The story is science fiction—one of my first loves, along with fantasy—and full of aliens, spaceships, lasers, strange new planets, and explosions. You know, fun stuff. At the same time, I’m hoping that the story will stir people’s emotions, as well as give them a few interesting things to think about. As with all creative endeavors, there’s no guarantee of success. But I think it’s going to end up being pretty awesome.

Of course, I’m biased.”

Don’t worry – Christopher is making it clear that he’s not abandoning Alagaesia:

“In the long term, I do intend to return to the world of the Inheritance Cycle. However, for now, I’m enjoying stretching my wings and inventing a whole new universe for readers to explore. The stars are our future, and while we may never visit them ourselves, at least we can visit them in our dreams.”

Christopher is definitely hard at work on a project sure to please his long time readers! We’re excited to dive into Christopher’s next adventure and to continue holding our breath for the next Inheritance universe installment, known affectionately by fans as “Book V”.

Speaking of “Book V” – we’ve compiled a massive “Book V and Beyond” page containing everything you need to know about the next Inheritance universe books, including a possible prequel. The page includes comments from Christopher on the content we can expect to see in both books. You won’t want to miss this information!

Now we ask: Are you a fan of science fiction? What do you think Christopher’s book will include? Do you plan on reading his next book?

  • I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last two books in the Inheritance Cycle, but this still excites me.

  • Amy Harris

    Ah yes, I’ve been hankering for a good sci-fi.

  • Mav Dunpeal

    Christopher really puts emotion behind his writing, effort into each sentence, and imagination all around. With his intense study to make sure he does it right, I am excited to be able to dive into a universe of possibility.

  • Sean Clark

    With Destiny coming out, I’m in the mood for a new sci fi novel

  • Medwyn

    I would love to read Christopher’s next book(s)! I hope it isn’t too long before he finishes writing! I guess I will have to reread the Inheritance books until his next one comes out!

    • Medwyn

      Also, I finally, finally just got my brother started reading Eragon! After years and years of trying to convince him to read CP’s books! I have even given him signed copies of Brisingr and Inheritance from when I attended book signings!

    • Nolan Holley

      Yay for sharing with your brother! I bet he’ll really like reading Eragon. How nice of you to loan him some awesome signed copies! And while you’re rereading the Inheritance Cycle feel free to hang out here as we’ll have lots of fun topics to talk about as we get closer to Christopher’s next story 🙂

      • Medwyn

        Oooh! Actually, I didn’t loan him the signed copies, I gave them to him. At the book signing you had to purchase a copy of the book, and I already had my own copy so I just gave him the second one.
        I haven’t been on Shurtugal much lately. Just checking for updates. But I would love to return here to hang out with other Inheritance fans!
        How old were you when you started reading the books? If it was 9 years ago (I read Eragon after Eldest was released) then I would have been 21!

  • Holly Rose

    I have to say the Inheritance Cycle pretty much changed my life, I never really read before that, and the books taught me so much! I hope we get book V soon, although this other project sounds so interesting! I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

    • The Inheritance Cycle drastically changed my life as well! I’ve spent 11 years now working on the Cycle as the guy behind Shur’tugal. The website stopped being my full time job in 2011, but I’ve since had many opportunities that were only available to me because of my work on Shur’tugal and the connects I made because of it.

  • Rohi

    His books are my favorite fantasy books after Harry Potter! I was so glad to stumble upon Eragon by accident. I consider that day to be very lucky at the book fair where Saphira was beckoning me to pick the book up and read the synopsis. I hope the new book is gonna be as awesome,though I’m a fantasy lover. 😀

  • zgold

    Chrisopher Paolini is one of the greatest writers of our time.
    Its great to see him charge ahead with a new project!
    All the greatest writers of our time write in different genres. Orson Scott, Ray Bradbury etc…. write science fiction and fantasy .It will be a winner for sure and we will all be lining up to get our copy. The world is very lucky to hear more from this incredibly talented genius .

    • I agree that the best writers don’t pigeonhole themselves into writing in only one genre. Christopher has always discussed wanting to explore other genres and I’m glad he’s taking the time to do that.

  • Ramiro Jr FoxCastillo

    I’m pretty excited to read this, whatever Christoper Paolini writes, I will read.

  • Kurtis Scriba

    Ender’s Game is one of my all time favorite books, looking forward to some new space sci fi!

  • John zis

    We want dragons but this science stuff will fill the gap for a time

    • I think it will be a nice change of pace. 🙂

    • Nolan Holley

      I constantly find that I go through phases when I read where I have no desire to read sci fi and choose only to read fantasy, and the other way around. Right now I’m itching for a bit of science fiction, so I’m excited to give this a try until we return to Alagaësia!

  • christos855

    well,i dont like science fiction i like stories about ancient era’s i dont know what to expect from this

    • Maybe this is an opportunity to try something outside of your comfort zone?

      • christos855

        maybe!but the i enjoyed the series… too much its a shame.

  • Lauren Heaslip

    I wouldn’t usually read science fiction, but in all honesty, I’ll read absolutely anything that Paolini releases.

    • I’m not the biggest scifi fan, but there are a rare few scifi books that catch my eye and end up being great. I think this will be one of those books!

  • trepdm

    I do enjoy Sci Fi, though I’ve not read that many. I read Ender’s Game and Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card, both of which I truly enjoyed. It’s key not to just have lasers, aliens, and space ships, but deep, complex themes and ethical questions. I’m sure CP is up to the challenge. 🙂

  • Anderson Ferreira

    I can’t expect this!