Garth Nix

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Garth Nix
Garth nix 2012.jpg
Nix at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born(1963-07-19) 19 July 1963 (age 51)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationWriter
NationalityAustralian
Periodc. 1995–present
GenreFantasy
Website
garthnix.com
 
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Garth Nix
Garth nix 2012.jpg
Nix at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born(1963-07-19) 19 July 1963 (age 51)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationWriter
NationalityAustralian
Periodc. 1995–present
GenreFantasy
Website
garthnix.com

Garth Richard Nix[1] (born 19 July 1963) is an Australian writer who specialises in children's and young adult fantasy novels, notably the Old Kingdom series, The Seventh Tower series, and The Keys to the Kingdom series. He has frequently been asked if his name is a pseudonym, to which he has responded, "I guess people ask me because it sounds like the perfect name for a writer of fantasy. However, it is my real name."[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Melbourne, Nix was raised in Canberra. Subsequent to a period working for the Australian Government, he traveled in Europe before returning to Australia in 1983 and undertaking a BA in professional writing between 1984 and 1986 at the University of Canberra. He worked in a Canberra bookshop after graduation, before moving to Sydney in 1987, where he worked his way up in the publishing field. He was a sales rep and publicist before becoming a Senior editor at HarperCollins. In 1993 he commenced further travel in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe before becoming a full-time marketing consultant, founding his own company Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd.[3]

In addition to his work as a fantasy novelist, Nix has written a number of scenarios and articles for the role playing field, including those for Dungeons & Dragons and Traveller. These have appeared in related publications such as White Dwarf, Multiverse and Breakout!. He has also written case studies, articles and news items in the information technology field, his work appearing in publications such as Computerworld and PCWorld.[3]

Nix lives with wife Anna, a publisher, and sons Thomas, Henry and Edward in Sydney in Australia.[4]

Works[edit]

The Old Kingdom[edit]

Also known as the Abhorsen series or trilogy

Companion works

The Seventh Tower[edit]

Main article: The Seventh Tower

The Keys to the Kingdom[edit]

Very Clever Baby[edit]

These books were essentially self-published (though later republished by Text Media in Melbourne) and although aimed at "Very Clever Babies Aged 3–6 Months", some help is needed from parents with the long words such as "ichthyologist" used by the character Freddy the Fish.

Trouble Twisters[edit]

A collaboration with Sean Williams.[8]

  1. Troubletwisters (2011)
  2. The Monster (2012)
  3. The Mystery (June 2013)
  4. The Magic (2014)

Other[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Garth Nix". AUSTLIT (austlit.edu.au). Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  2. ^ Nix, Garth (2007). Across the Wall. Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-00-722146-2. 
  3. ^ a b Collins, Paul; Steven Paulsen; Sean McMullen (1998). The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-522-84771-4. 
  4. ^ David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, ed. (2006). Year's Best Fantasy 6. Tachyon Publications. ISBN 1-892391-37-6. 
  5. ^ Garth Nix Official Website[full citation needed]
  6. ^ oldkingdom.com.au – An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer
  7. ^ "residence". Inside A Dog. 
  8. ^ "Fantasy authors to collaborate on Troubletwisters". Hindustan Times. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Martin, George R. R. (June 19, 2014). "Not A Blog: Venus In March". GRRM.livejournal.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 

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