Author Philip Pullman Announces A Follow-Up Trilogy To ‘His Dark Materials’


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But that doesn’t mean what you might expect, Pullman told NPR editor Glen Weldon. The second and third volumes will be set ten years after the original trilogy’s conclusion, and will follow Lyra as a young woman. “That’s what I really wanted to explore in this new work,” he said. The original His Dark Materials trilogy consists of three volumes (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) published between 1995 and 2000. you don’t have to read it before you read [the original trilogy] … “The [new] story begins before His Dark Materials and continues after it,” he said, “… The first book of the new series, which will collectively be called The Book of Dust, is set for publication on October 19. The Book of Dust will return to the world(s) and characters of His Dark Materials, Pullman said, and Lyra will be integral to the new story — but not in the way she was before. “More about the nature of Dust, and consciousness, and what it means to be a human being.”
Philip Pullman To Follow-Up ‘His Dark Materials’ Trilogy

Philip Pullman To Follow-Up ‘His Dark Materials’ Trilogy

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Pullman has already followed up the original trilogy with two novellas and an audiobook. The series has sold over 17.5 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. The first book of a new series will be published in Fall 2017. Max Nash/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The hugely successful fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials will be getting a “companion” trilogy, author Philip Pullman announced this evening. The first volume will take place a decade before the events of His Dark Materials, when Lyra is an infant. this is another story that comes after it, so it’s not a sequel, and it’s not a prequel, it’s an equal.” The title, The Book of Dust, refers to an invisible substance that figures largely in the earlier books — a fictional elementary particle that harbors a mysterious affinity with human consciousness. The events of the first trilogy took place across several parallel worlds — including our own — and touched on disparate ideas related to theology, particle physics, and the loss of childhood innocence. Characters included a headstrong and fiercely intelligent young girl named Lyra Belacqua, and an armored, talking polar bear. I sensed the presence, in the way that you do, of another story that hadn’t been told, and I went closer and … thought about it and lived with it for a while and discovered that yes, it was a big story, and it did deserve to be told, it deserves its own books.” Interview Highlights He wants readers to consider the new work not as a simple extension of the original trilogy, but as a “companion” to it. Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, holds a copy of its concluding volume, The Amber Spyglass. He said he was motivated to revisit the world of Lyra and her companions with a full trilogy because “I sensed a big story.