Tristan Palmgren

TRISTAN PALMGREN is the author of the critically acclaimed genre-warping blend of historical fiction and space opera novel Quietus, and its sequel Terminus. They have been a clerk, a factory technician, a university lecturer, a cashier, a secretary, a retail manager, a rural coroner’s assistant. In their lives on parallel Earths, they have been an ant farm tycoon, funeral home enthusiast, professional con-artist impersonator, laser pointer chaser, and the person who somehow landed a trademark for the word “Avuncular.” Jealous. They live with their partner in Salem, Virginia.

Interviews and Articles

“Outlaw: Relentless is about going home as an adult – wherever you think of as home. It’s about rediscovering the things you loved, the things you told yourself you did, and the things that made you a worse person. And maybe a few of the things that made you a better one.”

-Tristan Palmgren

“I love Domino’s voice. From the start, I knew this story had to be told in the first person. She’s sharp, she’s funny, and she’s punchy. I loved spending time with her, and just letting her talk. The big draw of a prose novel about Domino is getting a chance to spend more time with that voice than comics could allow.”
Track of Words, Interview with Tristan Palmgren, author of Domino: Strays


“I started reading Gail Simone & David Baldeón’s 2018 Domino – and its follow-up, 2019’s Domino: Hotshots – and fell in love with Domino’s voice.”
Xavier Files, Interview with Tristan Palmgren, author of Domino: Strays

“The Crucible is beyond mortal reckoning, and an invitation to be inventive. I loved stuffing whatever new details I could into whatever places would hold them.”
The Epic Quest, Tristan Palmgren on writing for Tales from the Crucible

Author News
Anything is Possible on an Impossible World: KeyForge – Tales of the Crucible edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells December 17, 2019 An impossible world filled with myriad peoples battling for mystical Æmber (and everyone else who’s just trying to get along) – it can only be KeyForge! Introducing Tales From the Crucible: A KeyForge Anthology, edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells, which flies screaming onto your bookshelf in June 2020. KeyForge is chock-full… Read more.

“5 Star – It’s a really good plot and an awesome reward if you have been reading the other novels!”
Big Geordie Geek

“I was literally laughing out loud at some parts. It’s a great escapist book to just relax with”
The Cosmic Circus

“Palmgren manages once again to merge the world of comics and prose fiction perfectly in that their story reads like a comic in terms of action and adventure but has the wonderful add on of wider character development (we get to see what characters are thinking and feeling more clearly than in the comic verse) and the superb and frankly hilarious footnotes by our heroine, Squirrel Girl and her wonderful editor”
What You Tolkien About

Squirrel Girl: Universe is not your normal super hero story. Other than the inclusion of some super heroes, I wouldn’t even include it in that genre. Instead, Tristan Palmgren has tried to do something different, and has crafted a weird and wonderful science fiction story that at times feels like it has more in common with something like The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy than it does your average Spider-Man adventure.”

“It’s wild, thoughtful, exciting, and of course, hilarious. The journey it invites you on contains the same level of cosmic wonder as virtually any Marvel movie, and whilst it might occupy one of the more outlandish segments of the Marvel universe, this novel is no less substantial for it.”
The Book Network

“Honestly I couldn’t put it down once I had started and after getting a little more sympathetic to Josh. As you know I always try to avoid spoilers but the ending of the novel was brilliant.”
What You Tolkien About

“I gave The Siege of X-41 five stars. It’s a nice story of redemption and personal discovery, though the undersea setting made me a bit claustrophobic.”
Chris L. Owens

“I don’t now how Tristan Palmgren came up with the idea of throwing these characters into a horror story like this, all whilst dealing with intense drama centred around trauma, but it’s an absolutely genius concept. This is easily my favourite novel in this series, and possibly my favourite Marvel novel that Aconyte have done.”

“This is Squirrel Girl at peak cleverness, peak brilliance, and peak hilarity. And her entire supporting cast is right there with her, including Brain Drain and Mary Mahajan. I love them all. It’s a thrilling adventure filled with big ideas explored in fun ways – Tristan Palmgren has truly captured the soul of these characters.”
— Ryan North, author of the fictional Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics, the semi-fictional graphic novel adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five, and the (so-far-non-fictional) books How To Take Over The World and How To Invent Everything.

“Easy to read, still very good”

– Amass Games

“Solid characterization made the book enjoyable to read. Fans of solid super-hero action will find this story interesting.”

– Martin’s View

“I didn’t expect it to end up being an intense action story full of desperate fights, extreme survival, and a ton of character drama that would not only lead to me finishing the book in a single day, but also with Outlaw ending up on my list of favourite characters.”

– Trans-Scribe

“Outlaw: Relentless is a surprisingly emotional story about changing identities, healing from trauma, and what makes a life worth living.”

– But Why Tho

“Tristan Palmgren is fantastic. Their characterization is amazing! If you don’t end up loving Outlaw by the first few pages, I don’t know what is wrong with you!”

– What You Tolkien About

“Wow, I liked this book… I think you will like Palmgren’s handling of this Marvel heroine.”
SF Revu

Domino: Strays provides a fun read for those who are new to the character, while providing a lot of unobtrusive shout-outs for long-time fans. Domino: Strays effectively deploys a casual, mouthy style that suits who the character has become in the comics, while not impeding the emotional impact of Domino’s history.”
Strange Assembly

“This is a really great book that gives so much more backstory to a lesser-known Marvel character than could have been achieved in a graphic novel. A very strong female cast of role models. ”
Smash Bomb

“A fast-paced book full of action.”
– Astral Books

“A great book about a character that needs more love”
Lattes, Lipstick & Literature

“I loved this book and its entangled plots… If Palmgren writes more Domino, I’m going to be on it in a heartbeat.”
Ink and Plasma

“This book is bangin’! If you miss Domino from our run, she’s back, with a great espionage/thriller take. Tristan Palmgren nailed it!”
Gail Simone, author of Domino Vol 1 and Hotshots

“An action-packed blast of balletic violence and snappy dialogue with an unexpectedly thoughtful, psychological core… All told it’s tremendously entertaining and compulsively readable, with a wonderfully strong voice and a fresh identity all of its own.”
Track of Words

“Being able to explore the grey areas of mutant life is what makes Domino a joy and Domino: Strays by Tristan Palmgren acts like a primer for the character.”
SF Book

“Domino: Strays is absolutely worth the read, whether you’re a new fan, or have been a fan for years… The story that unfolds here is profound, full of action, sass, and best friends. Really, what more could you possibly ask for?”
Word of the Nerd

“Domino shines in this story. 4/5 stars”

“It’s perfect, and really did read like a longer running Domino series. I would love more of this.”
Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks

Domino: Strays is a perfect example of how these characters and their stories not only work in this format [prose novels], but excel at it.”

“A fantastic inside look at the Hotshots… A great book looking at one of Marvel’s more interesting characters and it’s really enjoyable.”
Big Geordie Geek

“Domino is not Captain America, she is not here to be a paragon of selflessness and virtue, she is a mercenary with a traumatized past. In embracing that reality, Palmgren is able to really dig into the question of what it means to be a hero – not just making physical sacrifices, but showing Domino willing to sacrifice how she appears in the eyes of others, if that’s what it takes to finish the job.”
Fistful of Meeples

“A book for every mutant to adore!!”
According to Daisy

“I absolutely loved this book, and I can’t recommend Domino: Strays enough”
But Why Tho

“Awesome new fiction coming this October starring Domino and Heimdall!” Marvel and Aconyte Books Reveal First ’Heroines’ and ’Legends of Asgard’ Prose Novels


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