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Westerfeld at Utopiales 2010
May 5, 1963 |
Dallas, Texas, USA
|Occupation||Writer, composer, ghostwriter, media designer, also worked as a factory worker making lead soldiers|
Scott Westerfeld (born May 5, 1963) is an American author of science fiction. He was born in Texas and now divides his time between Sydney, Australia and New York City, USA.
Scott Westerfeld is well known for the Uglies series. He also wrote The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds, parts one and two of the same work, originally titled Succession, published in the UK in 2005 under the title The Risen Empire.
Scott Westerfeld has written a manga series called Shay's Story. This book is now available. Scott Westerfeld has also written the Leviathan trilogy, consisting of Leviathan, Behemoth, Goliath, and The Manual of Aeronautics, an illustrated guide to the Leviathan series.
Scott Westerfeld has revealed on his blog that he is currently writing another book. For now, nothing about it is known to the public.
His novels have also been optioned for films: So Yesterday has been optioned to be made into a film by one of the producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine. However, this option 'slowly died', as Scott Westerfeld wrote on his blog. The Uglies series was optioned in 2006 by Twentieth Century Fox as a possible film series. The script has recently been written.
Personal life 
As a child, Scott Westerfeld moved to California and Connecticut for his father's job. Lloyd, his father, was a computer programmer. He saw his dad working with planes, submarines, and the Apollo missions.
Westerfeld graduated from Vassar College in 1985. In an early career, Scott Westerfeld was a composer. In the 1980s, Scott Westerfeld moved to New York, which inspired his book, Polymorph. In 2001, Westerfeld married the Australian author Justine Larbalestier.
- Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book (2000), and won a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award.
- So Yesterday won a Victorian Premier's Award
- The Secret Hour won an Aurealis Award.
- Peeps and Uglies were both named as "Best Books for Young Adults" 2006 by the American Library Association
- Leviathan won the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Russian translation of Leviathan was awarded by Mir Fantastiki as Best Young Adult Fiction in 2011.
- Leviathan was nominated for an ORCA (Oregon Reader's Choice Award) in the intermediate division
Succession series 
- The Risen Empire (2003) [both titles in this series re-published in 2005 in one volume as The Risen Empire]
- The Killing of Worlds (2003)
- Uglies (2005)
- Pretties (2005)
- Specials (2006)
- Extras (2007)
- Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider's Guide to the World of Uglies (2008)
- Shay's Story (Manga version of Uglies) (2012)
Peeps series 
- Peeps (also known as Parasite Positive in Britain and "V-Virus" or "Peeps" in Canada) (2005)
- The Last Days
Leviathan series 
- Leviathan (October 6, 2009)
- Behemoth (October 5, 2010)
- Goliath (September 20, 2011)
- The Manual of Aeronautics (August 21, 2012)
- Scott Westerfeld's website
- Scott Westerfeld's blog
- Interview with Scott Westerfeld at SFFWorld.com
- Westerboard – A forum devoted to Scott Westerfeld
- Westerfeld Forums-A forum devoted to Scott Westerfeld
- Locus Online: Scott Westerfeld interview excerpts
- Novel synopses, cover art, and reviews at Fantasy Literature
- About Scott Westerfeld's books
- Scott Westerfeld at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database