Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick James Rothfuss (born June 6, 1973) is an American author. He is best known for his projected trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle, which has won him several awards, including the 2007 Quill Award for his debut novel, The Name of the Wind. Its sequel, The Wise Man's Fear, topped The New York Times Best Seller list.

Patrick Rothfuss
Photo portrait of Patrick Rothfuss by Kyle Cassidy
Rothfuss in 2014
BornPatrick James Rothfuss
(1973-06-06) June 6, 1973 (age 49)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (B.A.)
Washington State University (M.A.)
Notable awardsQuill Award (2007), David Gemmell Award (2012)
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Early lifeEdit

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and received his B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in 1999.[1] He contributed to The Pointer, the campus paper,[2] and produced a widely circulated parody warning about the Goodtimes Virus.[3] He taught part-time at Stevens Point.[4] In 2002, he received a master's degree in arts and English from Washington State University.[5] He won the Writers of the Future 2002 Second Quarter competition with "The Road to Levenshir", an excerpt from his then-unpublished novel The Wise Man's Fear.[6]



In 2006, Rothfuss sold his novel The Name of the Wind to DAW Books, which was released in 2007. It won a Quill Award (for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror)[7] and was listed among Publishers Weekly's Books of the Year. It also won an Alex Award in 2008.[8] An illustrated tenth anniversary edition was published in 2017.[9] Its sequel, The Wise Man's Fear, was published in March 2011 and reached No. 1 on the New York Times Hardback Fiction Best Seller List.[10]

The Slow Regard of Silent Things, an illustrated novella, was published in October 2014 as a companion story for The Kingkiller Chronicle, centering on the character Auri.[11]

Rothfuss has also released two stories set in the same world as The Kingkiller Chronicle in anthologies. The first was "How Old Holly Came To Be", published in Unfettered in June 2013. The second was the novella The Lightning Tree, released in Rogues in June 2014, featuring the character Bast. The whole anthology was nominated for the 2015 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.[12]

In 2018, Rothfuss was the co-writer of the comics limited series Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1-4 with Jim Zub and with art by Troy Little. The crossover, between the adult animated sitcom Rick and Morty comic book and Dungeons & Dragons, was published by IDW Publishing and Oni Press.[13][14][15] The Rick and Morty vs Dungeons and Dragons Deluxe Edition, by Rothfuss, Zub, and Little, was nominated for the 2022 "Best Graphic Album—Reprint" Eisner Award.[16]

In July 2020, Rothfuss's editor and publisher Betsy Wollheim responded publicly on her Facebook account to an article speculating on reasons why The Doors of Stone, the concluding volume of the trilogy, had not been published,[17] saying she had "never seen a word of book three" and that she didn't think Rothfuss had written anything since 2014.[17] The post has since been deleted.[18]

In December 2021, Rothfuss partnered with Grim Oak Press to create a new imprint called Underthing Press. The new imprint's first project will be a reprint of Ursula Vernon's webcomic Digger, which won the Hugo Award in 2012. Rothfuss stated that he'd always daydreamed of starting his own imprint and he decided to create Underthing Press when he realized he couldn't buy a new copy of Digger Omnibus after giving his copy to a friend.[19]


Rothfuss organizes the charity Worldbuilders, which, since 2008, has raised over $11.5 million, primarily for Heifer International, a charity that provides livestock, clean water, education, and training for communities in the developing world.[20][21] By 2020, Worldbuilders had raised over $10 million in support of Heifer.[22]


In August 2012, Rothfuss began a monthly podcast, The Story Board, on fantasy, featuring authors such as Terry Brooks and Brandon Sanderson.[23] The Story Board ran for eight episodes.

In June 2015, he and Max Temkin started a podcast, Unattended Consequences, then named Untitled Patrick Rothfuss.[24] The podcast concluded in 2018.

Rothfuss has appeared several times on the podcast Writing Excuses.[25][26][27][28][29][30]

Roleplaying and gamesEdit

In 2014, Rothfuss began collaborating with James Ernest to create an abstract strategy game called Tak based on the game featured in his book The Wise Man's Fear.[31]

Rothfuss has played a character named Viari in the Penny Arcade's live Dungeons & Dragons games known as Acquisitions Inc. from Season 7 onward, as well as a guest role in its spin-off show "The 'C' Team". He also role-played as guest character Kerrek in Geek and Sundry's show Critical Role Campaign One Episode 56, "Hope," and again in Episodes 81–84.[32] He also recorded a letter his character wrote which was heard in Campaign One Episode 69, "Passed Through Fire".[33]

Rothfuss was a guest on Wil Wheaton's Tabletop, playing Lords of Waterdeep on Episode 10 of Season 2, which he won.[34]

He was a member of the Story Design team for inXile's Torment: Tides of Numenera game.[35]


The Kingkiller ChronicleEdit

Related stories:

  • "How Old Holly Came To Be" – short story. (July 2013, Grim Oak Press), Unfettered, edited by Shawn Speakman. ISBN 978-0-9847136-3-9
  • The Lightning Tree – novella. (June 2014, Bantam) Rogues, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. ISBN 978-0345537263
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things (October 2014, DAW Books). ISBN 978-0-7564-1043-8

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. WhiffleEdit

  • The Thing Beneath the Bed (2010)
  • The Dark of Deep Below (2013)


Awards and honorsEdit


  1. ^ "Patrick Rothfuss: Worldbuilder". Locus. August 12, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Rothfuss, Patrick (May 8, 2008). "Your College Survival Guide: The End". The Pointer. University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Retrieved June 12, 2009.
  3. ^ "Legend/AntiLegend: Humor as an Integral Part of the Contemporary Legend Process", in Rumor Mills: The Social Impact of Rumor and Legend, ed. Gary Alan Fine, Veronique Campion-Vincent, and Chip Heath, pp. 131-33. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. ISBN 978-0-202-30747-3
  4. ^ Rothfuss, Patrick (2007). "Bio". Patrick Rothfuss official website. Retrieved September 1, 2008.
  5. ^ "WSU alum nails two fantasy bestsellers; third coming". WSU Insider. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "2002". Writers of the Future Contest Winners. Author Services, Inc. 2007. Archived from the original on September 9, 2007. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  7. ^ "2007 Quill Award Winners". (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on February 20, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "2008 Alex Awards". Young Adult Library Services Association, American Library Association. January 14, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Rocket, Stubby the (May 11, 2017). "The Name of the Wind Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary with a Gorgeous Illustrated Edition". Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  10. ^ "Hardcover Fiction Books - Best Sellers". The New York Times. March 20, 2011 – via
  11. ^ Speakman, Shawn (November 10, 2014). "Interview: Nate Taylor Arts SILENT THINGS - Unbound Worlds". Suvudu. Archived from the original on March 31, 2015.
  12. ^ "World Fantasy Awards 2015". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus Science Fiction Foundation. November 8, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  13. ^ Mufson, Beckett; Messman, Lauren (April 9, 2018). "Rick and Morty Are Going on a 'Dungeons & Dragons' Adventure". Vice. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  14. ^ Plante, Corey. "'Rick and Morty vs. D&D' Review: Totally Nails the 'D&D' Newb Experience". Inverse. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Rick and Morty D&D Chapter 2 Comic Unveiled at D&D Live 2019". Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  16. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (May 18, 2022). "2022 Eisner Awards Nominations Announced, led by DC and Image". The Beat. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  17. ^ a b Whalen, Andrew (July 27, 2020). ""Kingkiller Chronicle" editor believes author hasn't written anything for years". Newsweek. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  18. ^ Flood, Alison (July 29, 2020). "First George RR Martin, now Patrick Rothfuss: the curse of sequel-hungry fans". The Guardian. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  19. ^ Armstrong, Vanessa (December 14, 2021). "Patrick Rothfuss and Grim Oak Press Create New Imprint, Underthing Press". Tor. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  20. ^ "Our Story - History". Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  21. ^ "Geeks Doing Good". Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  22. ^ "Author Pat Rothfuss on Fundraising for Heifer International via Worldbuilders, Joy in a Dark Time and What It Means to Be a Geek". Heifer International. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  23. ^ "The Story Board". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on August 14, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2019 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ "Rothfuss podcast starts second season". Stevens Point Journal Media. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  25. ^ "Writing Excuses Episodes 32: Talking Exposition with Patrick Rothfuss". Writing Excuses. September 15, 2008. Archived from the original on June 12, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  26. ^ "Writing Excuses 6.14: Suspension of Disbelief". Writing Excuses. September 4, 2011. Archived from the original on April 20, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  27. ^ "15.04: Revision, with Patrick Rothfuss". Writing Excuses. January 26, 2020. Archived from the original on June 13, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  28. ^ "15.06: Prose and Cons, with Patrick Rothfuss". Writing Excuses. February 9, 2020. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  29. ^ "15.45: Worldbuilding Fantasy, with Patrick Rothfuss". Writing Excuses. November 8, 2020. Archived from the original on November 23, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  30. ^ "15.52: Economy of Phrase, Being the Concentrated Concatenation of Complex Thoughts in Just a Very Few Words Which Must Fit In A Very Very Small Box, With Patrick Rothfuss". Writing Excuses. December 27, 2020. Archived from the original on November 28, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  31. ^ "Tak Abstract Strategy Game". Archived from the original on May 15, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  32. ^ "Critical Role: Episode 56 - Hope". Geek and Sundry. Archived from the original on August 28, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  33. ^ "Critical Role: Episode 69 - Passed Through Fire". Geek and Sundry. Retrieved September 30, 2016.[dead link]
  34. ^ "Lords of Waterdeep: Felicia Day, Pat Rothfuss, and Brandon Laatsch Join Wil on TableTop SE2E10". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved January 3, 2019 – via YouTube.
  35. ^ Hafer, T. J. (April 4, 2013). "Torment: Tides of Numenera interview with Colin McComb and Patrick Rothfuss". PC Gamer. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  36. ^ "UWSP lecturer honored at 2007 Quill Awards" (Press release). University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. October 26, 2007. Archived from the original on August 24, 2007. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  37. ^ "PW's Best Books of the Year". Publishers Weekly. November 5, 2007. Archived from the original on May 12, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  38. ^ "RT Award Nominees & Winners". RT Book Reviews. Archived from the original on August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  39. ^ "Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books". August 11, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  40. ^ DeNardo, John (June 17, 2012). "Winners: 2012 David Gemmell Award." Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  41. ^ (2012-06-15) "David Gemmell Legend Award Winners 2012 Announced Archived September 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine." Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  42. ^ "Locus Announces Winners of "Best Novels of 20th and 21st Century" Poll". December 22, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2013.

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