Amie Kaufman

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Amie Kaufman
BornMelbourne, Australia
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy
Notable awardsAurealis Award, Australian Book Industry Award, Gold Inky Award
Years active2013 - present

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times bestselling and internationally bestselling Australian author of science fiction and fantasy for young adults. She is known for the Starbound Trilogy and Unearthed, which she co-authored with Meagan Spooner, for her series, The Illuminae Files, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, and for her solo series, Elementals. Her books have been published in over 35 countries.[1]


Kaufman grew up in both Ireland and Melbourne, Australia. She earned undergraduate degrees, with honours, in law, history and literature. Later, she earned a Master's Degree in conflict resolution, and worked for seven years as a mediator before becoming a full-time author.[2] She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing.[3] She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and dog.

Literary career[edit]

Kaufman's debut, These Broken Stars, was co-authored with Meagan Spooner. The book was a New York Times bestseller[4] and won an Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult novel of the year.[5] The book was also shortlisted for a Golden Inky in the Australian Inky Awards and was named the Huffington Post Best YA Novel of 2013,[6] The series is currently in development for TV with Freeform in the US and Sky UK, with MGM the studio and Eric Balfour and Warren Littlefield producing.[7][8] The sequel, This Shattered World was a nominee for the Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel.

Kaufman's Illuminae, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, was acquired by Random House in a preempt in 2013.[9] The first book in the series was published in late October 2015. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List Young Adult Hardcover list,[10] and eventually reached the #2 spot.[11] In November 2015, it was announced that Brad Pitt and his production company, Plan B Entertainment, had acquired the film rights to Illuminae.[12][13][14] Illuminae was nominated for the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award,[15] won the 2015 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction novel,[16] the 2016 Gold Inky Award for best teen fiction,[17] and the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award Book of the Year for Older Children.[18] The sequel Gemina, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list[19] and won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction novel.[20] The third book in the series, Obsidio, debuted at #6 on the New York Times children's series list,[21] as the #1 young adult bestseller in Australia,[22] and as a USA Today bestseller.[23]

Kaufman's next series with Spooner began with Unearthed in January 2018. In June 2017, ahead of the book's publication, it was announced that film rights had been acquired by Columbia Pictures. Director Doug Liman is attached to the project, set to produce alongside Cross Creek Productions. Screenwriters Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth are penning the script.[24][25]

Kaufman's first solo series and first series for younger readers, Elementals, began with Ice Wolves in March 2018. The book was a Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick,[26] and earned a starred review from Kirkus.[27]


Starbound Trilogy (co-authored with Meagan Spooner)[edit]

  • These Broken Stars (2013)
  • This Shattered World (2014)
  • Their Fractured Light (2015)

Unearthed (co-authored with Meagan Spooner)[edit]

  • Unearthed (2017)
  • Undying (2019)

The Illuminae Files (co-authored with Jay Kristoff)[edit]

  • Illuminae (2015)
  • Gemina (2016)
  • Obsidio (2018)


  • Ice Wolves (2018)
  • Scorch Dragons (2019)
  • Untitled (2020)

Short Fiction[edit]

  • "One Small Step..." in Begin, End, Begin, edited by Danielle Binks (2017)
  • "I Swear This Part Is True" in Where The Shoreline Used To Be, edited by Susan La Marca and Pam Macintyre (2016)


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  2. ^ Kaufman, Amie. "Bio". Amie Kaufman. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. ^ "FAQ - Amie Kaufman". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  4. ^ "Young Adult Books - Best Sellers - January 18, 2015 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  5. ^ "Past finalists and winners" (PDF). Aurealis Awards. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  6. ^ Parkin, Lisa (2013-12-17). "Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-05-03). "'These Broken Stars' Sci-Fi Series From Eric Balfour & Warren Littlefield Eyed By Freeform & Sky". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  8. ^ "'These Broken Stars' Heads to Television". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  9. ^ "Literary Giant". November 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "Young Adult Hardcover Books - Best Sellers - November 8, 2015 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  11. ^ "Young Adult Hardcover Books - Best Sellers - November 29, 2015 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  12. ^ "Brad Pitt, Warner Bros Team to Adapt Sci-Fi YA Novel 'Illuminae' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  13. ^ Morris, Linda (2015-11-21). "Brad Pitt to turn Australian young adult thriller Illuminae into major Hollywood film". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (2015-11-20). "Brad Pitt, Warner Bros. Developing Sci-Fi Movie 'Illuminae'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  15. ^ Arts, Department of Communications and the (5 August 2016). "Winners and shortlist".
  16. ^ "Announcing the 2015 Aurealis Awards Winners!". 25 March 2016.
  17. ^ Add new Comment. "2016 Inky Awards: The Winners!". Inside A Dog. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  18. ^ "2016 Winners - Australian Book Industry Awards". Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  19. ^ "Young Adult Hardcover Books - Best Sellers - November 6, 2016 - The New York Times".
  20. ^ "Announcing the winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards!". Aurealis Awards. 2017-04-14. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  21. ^ "Children's Series Books - Best Sellers - April 1, 2018 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  22. ^ "Jay Kristoff on Instagram: "In the past 20 days I have: - Visited 14 cities - Boarded 13 aircraft - Flown around 50,000kms - Signed countless books - Met thousands of…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  23. ^ "Obsidio". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  24. ^ "Columbia, Cross Creek and Doug Liman Team for Sci-Fi 'Unearthed' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  25. ^ Kroll, Justin (2017-06-07). "Doug Liman to Direct 'Unearthed' for Columbia and Cross Creek". Variety. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  26. ^ "Elementals: Ice Wolves |". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  27. ^ ICE WOLVES by Amie Kaufman | Kirkus Reviews.

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