Wednesday, 3 January 2018

New Steven Erikson book and interview

Spanish fantasy blog Knight of the Laughing Tree has interviewed Steven Erikson. It's a very interesting piece (the English translation is towards the bottom of the article) with several new pieces of information.


First up, from Amazon, there is also confirmation that The Second Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach will be released on 20 September 2018. This book will collect the novels Crack'd Pot Trail, The Wurms of Blearmouth and The Fiends of Nightmaria into one handy volume.

From the interview, Erikson confirms that he is working on The God is Not Willing, the first volume of the Toblakai Trilogy which is set five years after The Crippled God and sees the return of Karsa Orlong. He has also mused writing a more epic-scaled work of science fiction, but won't be seriously considering that until the Malazan books are cleared from the table. He also confirms that the encyclopedia/companion volume remains a possibility but they probably need someone to do it for them, since both he and Esslemont are committed to writing the fiction for many years to come.

Pleasingly, he also confirms that the fan maps (including the one I adapted from D'Rek's fine work on Malazanempire.com) are pretty close to the "real thing" as well.

Most intriguingly, Erikson confirms that they were close to finalising a deal for a TV series based on the Malazan universe. The proposal was for a story following Tavore's adventures during the events of Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice, presumably ending with her taking command of the Malazan 14th Army and preparing to head for Seven Cities. This deal collapsed at the last minute, which is a shame. Erikson remains hopeful of a new deal being found soon.

The interview as a whole is very interesting and well worth reading.

5 comments:

Marco Grazioli said...

Spanish fantasy blog :) That's not Italian and if you would read the interview till the end, it was mentioned ;)

Daniel Garrido said...

Hello Adam!
I am the author of the interview, thanks for sharing.
Only a small correction. I'm from Spain, not Italy.

Best regards,
Daniel.

Adam Whitehead said...

Sorry about that! There was another interview I saw at the same time on an Italian site (which wasn't as thorough) and got the two mixed up.

Daniel Garrido said...

Ok, thanks for correcting it. :)
By the way, the correct name of the blog is 'Knight of the Laughing Tree', my humble tribute to the great George R. R. Martin.

Regards.

Anonymous said...

Look at that swaggering cover artwork... One immediately recognises that from a lot of Steven Erikson's prose. I seriously wonder if one could see this kind of thing anywhere else. Anyway, nice fit.