Miller’s imaginative debut reads like an American cousin to Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, filtering 19th and 20th century U.S. history through a scrim of magical science. 


Part thriller, part romance, part coming-of-age fantasy, The Philosopher’s Flightby debut novelist Tom Miller has already set a high bar for any book vying to be the most entertaining novel of 2018.

Ian Schwartz


Debut novelist Miller offers a wealth of worldbuilding in this deft, nonconformist historical fantasy...

a nuanced adventure story that mixes romance, gunplay, and social awareness into its steampunk-ish revelry.


An alternate history fantasy set
in Great War America.
Book One in The Philosopher's War series.

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I'll be hitting the road to read and sign books at the following locations in February:


Madison, Wisconsin

A Room of One's Own

315 Gorham St.


Part of the Wisconsin Book Festival




Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Boswell Books

2559 N. Downer Ave



South Bend, Indiana

Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

1 Eck Center


Sponsored by the Notre Dame Department of English and Creative Writing Program

I'll be reading together with fellow MFA grad NoNieqa Ramos, whose brilliant debut YA novel The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary earned a starred review from Booklist and raves from Kirkus.


Iowa City, Iowa.

Prairie Lights Bookstore

 15 South Dubuque St.



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Northland Public Library

300 Cumberland Rd


"An Evening of Magic and Science."

This is a free after hours event but space is limited. Don't forget to register on the library website.

Heartland Book Tour 2018


FAQ's and Interviews

I've talked and written a lot about how The Philosopher's Flight came to be, some of its literary influences, why gender politics and other social issues came to the fore, and how medicine and writing reinforce and illuminate each other. If you'd like to learn more, take a look at:


Sohaib Awan from "Fictional Frontiers" on  WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia and I chatted about social issues, cross-genre pollination and favorite books and movies. Listen to the half-hour podcast.

I reveal the plot to the Star Wars novel I began in middle school and my pantser-plotter tendencies in a wide-ranging interview with speculative fiction blog The Qwillery, as part of their Debut Author Challenge.

Science fiction and fantasy afficionado Paul Semel and I chatted by email about favorite video games, the Great War and my all-star movie cast for his blog.

Jeanne Kolker interviewed me for the Wisconsin State Journal, covering the novel's origins and the challenges of doctoring while writing.

Rob Thomas with Madison's weekly Cap Times and I drank coffee and discussed revision, work-life balance, and the merits of the Sequoya Branch of the Madison Public Library.


For the Historical Novel Society, I reflected on an incident from my days as an EMT that made me think about how little some aspects of gender politics have changed in the past century.

Mike Popke with Madison's alt-weekly, Isthmusand I reflected on the pros and cons of writers groups. (Spoiler: we're both mostly pro.)

Andy Hughes with the South Bend Tribune and I talked about gender roles, social class and  how Jonathan Strange got me into this mess.

Mitch Teich from "Lake Effect" on Milwaukee's NPR station WUWM FM 89.7 had me in to the studio for a talk that ran from Wauwatosa to New Zealand and back.

I'll shave my ICU beard before popping in to Madison's CBS affiliate, WISC-TV Channel 3, on February 19 around 4pm. 

I'll Skype into the morning show for Cedar Rapids's CBS affiliate, KGAN-TV Channel 2, on February 22 at around 8am.

About the Author

I grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, before going east for college. I studied English at Harvard and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and an MD from the University
of Pittsburgh.

While writing The Philosopher’s Flight, I worked as as a travel guidebook writer, EMT, and college English instructor. I'm currently an emergency medicine doctor working in Madison, WI.

I'm on Twitter and Instagram under my protagonist's name as RobertAWeekes1899, though I don't post often. I'm working more than full time finishing my medical residency and writing the next book in the series, so unfortunately I don't have time to reply to most emails.


For queries regarding film or television rights, contact Alexandra Machinist at ICM. For foreign literary rights, Lance Fitzgerald at Simon & Schuster. For speaking engagements or other appearances, Sarah Reidy at Simon & Schuster.

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