Robert Jackson Bennett

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Bennett at the 2017 Texas Book Festival

Robert Jackson Bennett (born 1984) is an American writer of speculative fiction.[1]


Bennett was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[2] He graduated from the University of Texas with special honors in English in 2005,[3] and settled down in Austin, Texas.[4]

His debut as an author was the novel Mr. Shivers (2010). He went on to write The Company Man (2011), The Troupe (2012), and American Elsewhere (2013).[5]

Bennett's fifth novel, City of Stairs (2014), was the first of a fantasy trilogy, The Divine Cities, followed by City of Blades (2016) and City of Miracles (2017). The Divine Cities was nominated for Best Series by the Hugo Awards in 2018, but lost to World of the Five Gods by Lois McMaster Bujold.[6]

In August 2018, Bennett published Foundryside, the first installment of his new series, The Founders Trilogy.[7]


The Divine Cities trilogy
  1. City of Stairs (2014; Broadway Books)
  2. City of Blades (2016)
  3. City of Miracles (2017)
The Founders trilogy
  1. Foundryside (2018)
  2. Shorefall (2020)
  3. Locklands (2022)[8]


  1. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Robert Jackson Bennett Says 'The Troupe' is About How You Perceive Yourself and the World". SF Signal. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  2. ^ Phantastik-couch (German)
  3. ^ University of Texas at Austin: Degrees and Dates of Attendance
  4. ^ "America, With Tentacles: Speculative fiction writer Robert Jackson Bennett travels back to the future". Austin Chronicle. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  5. ^ "Marion chats with Robert Jackson Bennett | Fantasy Literature: Fantasy and Science Fiction Book and Audiobook Reviews". Fantasy Literature. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  6. ^ "2018 Hugo Award Winners". 2018-08-19. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  7. ^ "Robert Jackson Bennett - Foundryside". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  8. ^ "Robert Jackson Bennett - Locklands - Hardcover".

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