Scott Lynch

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Scott Lynch
Lynch at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon
Lynch at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1978-04-02) April 2, 1978 (age 41)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Notable worksThe Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)
Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007)
The Republic of Thieves (2013)
SpouseElizabeth Bear (m. 2016)

Scott Lynch (born April 2, 1978)[1] is an American fantasy author who wrote the Gentleman Bastard series of novels. His first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, was purchased by Orion Books in August 2004 and published in June 2006 under the Gollancz imprint in the United Kingdom and under the Bantam imprint in the United States. The next two novels in the series, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves, were published in 2007 and 2013, respectively.


Lynch's debut novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2007.[2] In both 2007 and 2008 Lynch was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[3]

Lynch received the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award from the British Fantasy Society in 2008.[4]


Gentleman Bastard[edit]

  1. The Lies of Locke Lamora (June 27, 2006)
  2. Red Seas Under Red Skies (June 20, 2007)
  3. The Republic of Thieves (October 8, 2013)
  4. The Thorn of Emberlain (forthcoming)
  5. The Ministry of Necessity (forthcoming)
  6. The Mage and the Master Spy (forthcoming)
  7. Inherit the Night (forthcoming)

The series take place in the world of the shattered Therin Throne Empire and its descendant states. It follows the life of the young professional thief and con artist Locke Lamora, over a period of some fifteen to twenty years. Lynch has stated that there will be a sequel series set twenty years after with new protagonists, which will also be seven books long.

He has described each novel of the series as "[covering] what you might call a different general situation" in which "the same characters getting into trouble but the backdrop changes."[5]

Queen of the Iron Sands[edit]

In August 2009 Lynch began to publish the online novel Queen of the Iron Sands.[6] A planetary romance, in the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom novels. The story concerns female aviator and ex-WASP who is transported to a fantastic Mars. Chapters were scheduled to be released weekly. The serialization ran until September 2009 and picked up in June 2010 and halted again in September 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Lynch resides in New Richmond, Wisconsin.[7] Lynch has had a variety of jobs including dishwasher, busboy, waiter, web designer, office manager, prep cook, and freelance writer.[1] Scott Lynch is also a volunteer firefighter, certified in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.[8]

Lynch married novelist Elizabeth Bear in October 2016.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Scott Lynch". Goodreads. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  2. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2007 World Fantasy Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2013-09-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Campbell Award". Hugo Awards. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  4. ^ "2008 British Fantasy Awards winners". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Scott Lynch: Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview". Audible. 30 November 2016.
  6. ^ Lynch, Scott. "Queen of the Iron Sands". Scott Lynch, Keyboard Jockey. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  7. ^ Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  8. ^ "Scott Lynch Press & Bio Information".
  9. ^ "Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear got married!". Gentlemen Bastards. October 10, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2018.

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