Justine Larbalestier

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Justine Larbalestier
Born September 23, 1967
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Writer and critic
Nationality Australian/American
Genres Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy
Spouse(s) Scott Westerfeld


Justine Larbalestier (/ˌlɑrbəˈlɛsti.ɛər/ LAR-bə-LES-tee-air)[1] (born September 23, 1967) is an Australian young-adult fiction author, best known for the novel Liar. She is also a critic, concentrating on feminist science fiction, and a participant in science fiction fandom (she has been on the convention committee for WisCon, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention[2]

Her surname has been pronounced in several different ways, but the FAQ on her website says that Lar-bal-est-ee-air is correct:

Q: How do you pronounce your surname? A: Lar-bal-est-ee-air. It can also be pronounced Lar-bal-est-ee-ay or Lar-bal-est-ee-er. Those are all fine by me. Friends at school used to pronounce it: Lavaworm. I have to really like you to let you get away with that one, but.[3]

Larbalestier was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She now alternates living between Sydney and New York City.

In 2001, Justine married fellow author Scott Westerfeld.[4] They met in New York[5] while she was researching her PhD thesis[6] though they have differing stories on how they met.[5]



  • The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (Wesleyan University Press, 2002)
  • Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (editor) (Wesleyan University Press, 2006)


Magic or Madness Trilogy

Other books by Justine Larbalestier

Short fiction[edit]


  • The Battle of The Sexes in Science Fiction was nominated for the Peter McNamara Convenors' Award, the William J. Atheling Award and the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2003.
  • Magic or Madness won the 2006 Andre Norton Award for best Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy. It was shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Award for 2006, as well as an Aurealis Award for best Australian YA book and a Ditmar Award for best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel. It was also nominated for The Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association's Thumbs Up Award.
  • Magic Lessons was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for best Australian YA book as well as a Locus award.
  • Daughters of Earth was shortlisted for a British Science Fiction Award and won the Susan Koppelman Award as well as the William Atheling Jr. Award.


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