Alexander C. Irvine

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Alexander C. Irvine
Born Alexander Christian Irvine
(1969-03-22) March 22, 1969 (age 49)[1]
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Occupation Writer, lecturer and reporter
Nationality American
Education B.A. University of Michigan
M.A. in English, University of Maine
PhD, University of Denver
Genre Science fiction, supernatural

Alexander Christian Irvine (born March 22, 1969) is an American fantasy and science fiction writer. Many of his works have appeared under the simpler moniker "Alex Irvine."[2]


Irvine was born on March 22, 1969.[3] Irvine first gained attention with his Locus Award-winning 2002 novel A Scattering of Jades (which also won the Crawford Award in 2003) and the stories that would form the 2003 collection Unintended Consequences. He has also published the Grail Quest novel One King, One Soldier (2004), and the World War II-era historical fantasy The Narrows (2005).[4] He released a collection of thirteen short stories called Pictures from an Expedition in 2006.[4] Buyout, a novel set in 2041, was published by Random House in 2009.

In addition to his original works, Irvine has published Have Robot, Will Travel (2004), a novel set in Isaac Asimov's positronic robot milieu; and Batman: Inferno (2006), about the DC Comics superhero. His novel The Ultimates: Against All Enemies, about the Marvel Comics superhero team was published by Pocket Books in September 2007. He also wrote the Vertigo Encyclopedia.[5][6][7] As well as writing about comics he has written a number of comic book series, including one featuring Daimon Hellstrom for the Marvel Comics imprint MAX,[8][9] Daredevil Noir,[10][11] and "Iron Man: The Rapture."[12]

He has worked on Alternate Reality Games including The Beast and I Love Bees and is the writer of the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.[13]

Irvine has a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1991), an M.A. from the University of Maine (1996), and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver (2003).[4] From 2005-11, he was an assistant professor of English at the University of Maine.[4] He also worked for a time as a reporter at the Portland Phoenix.[14] He is married with twins, a boy and girl, and two younger children. [4] Irvine is vehemently opposed to the use of ketchup as a condiment for eggs, the only exception being in the case of egg sandwiches.[15] He was until recently a professor at the University of Southern Maine.


Original fiction

  • A Scattering of Jades (2002, ISBN 0-7653-0116-4)
  • One King, One Soldier (2004, ISBN 0-345-46696-9)
  • The Narrows (2005, ISBN 0-345-46698-5)
  • The Life of Riley (2005, ISBN 1-59606-013-1)
  • Buyout (2009, ISBN 0-345-49433-4)
  • Mystery Hill (novella, PS Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1-906301-40-8)
  • Irvine, Alex (2012). Mare Ultima. PS Publishing.

Licensed work


  • Hellstorm: Son of Satan -- Equinox #1-5 (art by Russell Braun) (Marvel MAX, October 2006-February 2007)
  • Daredevil Noir: Liar's Poker #1-4 (art by Tomm Coker) (Marvel, April–July 2009)
  • The Murder of King Tut #1-5 (adapted from the novel by James Patterson, art by Christopher Mitten and Ron Randall) (IDW, June–October 2010)
  • Iron Man: The Rapture #1-4 (art by Lan Medina) (Marvel Knights, November 2010-January 2011)
  • Dark Sun: Ianto's Tomb #1-5 (January 2011-)

Awards and honors

As listed in Contemporary Authors.[4]

  • Lennie Isaacs Memorial Award, Clarion Writer's Workshop, 1993
  • Steve Grady Poetry Award, University of Maine, 1995
  • Albert Morton Turner Essay Prize, University of Maine, 1995
  • Technology in the First-Year English Classroom Award, University of Denver, 1999
  • Travel and dissertation research grant, ColRoMorA Family Foundation, 1999
  • Best Web site of the Year, Entertainment Weekly, for The Beast, 2001
  • Best Ideas of the Year, The New York Times, for The Beast, 2001
  • Pushcart Prize nomination for "Snapdragons", 2002
  • Best First Novel, Locus, for A Scattering of Jades, 2003
  • Best First Novel, International Horror Guild, for A Scattering of Jades, 2003
  • Crawford Award for best first novel, for A Scattering of Jades, 2003
  • International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for A Scattering of Jades, 2003
  • New England Press Award for investigative journalism, 2004
  • International Game Developers Association award for innovation, for I Love Bees, 2005
  • Critic's choice award, 48-hour Film Project, for "Music Box", 2006
  • Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, for "Wizard's Six", 2007


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
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  4. ^ a b c d e f Irvine, Alexander C. Contemporary Authors. January 1, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2013. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  5. ^ CCI: The Vertigo Encyclopedia, Comic Book Resources, July 29, 2008
  6. ^ VanderMeer, Jeff. Alex Irvine and the Vertigo Encyclopedia, Omnivoracious, September 30, 2008
  7. ^ Alex Irvine talks us through our case of Vertigo, Forbidden Planet blog, November 14, 2008
  8. ^ Shout at the Devil: Irvine talks "Son of Satan", Comic Book Resources, June 2, 2006
  9. ^ WW Philadelphia - Axel Alonso on The Return of Hellstrom (cached), Newsarama, June 2, 2006
  10. ^ 'Daredevil Noir' Q&A With Writer Alex Irvine Archived 2009-08-02 at the Wayback Machine., Wizard Universe, September 12, 2008
  11. ^ The Man Who Would be King(pin): Irvine on Daredevil Noir, Comic Book Resources, April 3, 2009
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  14. ^ "University of Maine faculty page". Archived from the original on 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
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