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James Dashner

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James Dashner
James Dashner at CONduit 17.png
Dashner at CONduit 17, 2007
Born James Smith Dashner
(1972-11-26) November 26, 1972 (age 43)[1]
Austell, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 2003–present
Genre Fantasy, science fiction, children's literature
Notable works The 13th Reality, The Maze Runner
Spouse Lynette
Children 4

James Smith Dashner (born November 26, 1972) is an American writer of speculative fiction, primarily series for children or young adults, such as the Maze Runner series and the young adult fantasy series the 13th Reality. His 2008 novel The Journal of Curious Letters, first in the series, was one of the annual Borders Original Voices picks.[2]

Life and career[edit]

James Dashner was born on November 26, 1972 in Austell, Georgia. One of six children, he is a graduate of Duluth High School and Brigham Young University in Utah, where he received a master's degree in accounting.[3] Dashner and his wife Lynette have four children and are now living in Utah.[4]

Published books[edit]

Dashner's books are written for young teens. His work is typically within the adventure, survival, and science-fiction genres.

The Maze Runner, his most widely distributed book, reached 100 weeks' standing on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Series on September 21, 2014,[5] two days after the release of the motion picture adaptation of the book.

The Jimmy Fincher Saga
  • A Door in the Woods (2003)
  • A Gift of Ice (2004)
  • The Tower of Air (2004)
  • War of the Black Curtain (2005)
The 13th Reality series
The Maze Runner series
The Infinity Ring series[8]
  • A Mutiny in Time (Book 1) (2012)
  • The Iron Empire (Book 7) (2014)
The Mortality Doctrine



  1. ^ "Georgia Authors: James Dashner". Georgia Center for the Book. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ James Dashner. "Great News from Borders Bookstores". 
  3. ^ Stettler, Jeremiah (6 Mar 2008). "Quitting his day job". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Vice, Jeff (23 April 2010). "James Dashner hits it big with series". Deseret News. 
  5. ^ "Best Sellers > Series Books". The New York Times Book Review. 21 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Dashner announces The Fever Code on Twitter
  7. ^ Kellog, Carolyn (2014-09-25). "More 'Maze Runner': James Dashner penning prequel for 2016". Jacket Copy. Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Pavao, Kate (2012-08-02). "Q & A with James Dashner". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 

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