Scott Lynch

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Scott Lynch
Scott Lynch.jpg
Lynch at the 2014 Finncon in Jyväskylä, Finland
Born (1978-04-02) April 2, 1978 (age 38)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Genre Fantasy
Notable works The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)
Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007)
The Republic of Thieves (2013)

Scott Lynch (born April 2, 1978)[1] is an American fantasy author, best known for his Gentleman Bastard series of novels. He resides in Massachusetts. According to his website, he had a variety of jobs including dishwasher, busboy, waiter, web designer, office manager, prep cook, and freelance writer.[1] 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.

Life and career[edit]

In addition to being a writer, Scott Lynch is also a volunteer firefighter, certified in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.[2]

Lynch's debut novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2007.[3] In both 2007 and 2008 Lynch was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[4]

Lynch received the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award from the British Fantasy Society in 2008.[5]


The Gentleman Bastard Sequence[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)

This is a sequence of seven planned novels set 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 15–20 years. Lynch has stated that there will be a sequel series set some twenty years on with new characters, which will also be seven books long.

  1. The Bastards and the Knives (forthcoming)

In August 2006, Subterranean Press confirmed that they would be publishing three novellas by Scott Lynch set in the same world as The Lies of Locke Lamora. The first two are entitled The Mad Baron's Mechanical Attic and The Choir of Knives. Gollancz will be releasing them in an omnibus edition entitled The Bastards and the Knives (expected March 3, 2014). In May 2012, Gollancz revealed that The Bastards and the Knives will be released after The Republic of Thieves.[6]

In his LiveJournal Scott Lynch gave some hints what these novellas might be about:

So beginning next year around the time Red Seas Under Red Skies sets sail, the first of three Subterranean Press novellas (target length: 35,000-40,000 words) by yours truly will also be released. These three novellas will be set in Locke's world, but will almost certainly feature the further (or earlier) stories of major secondary characters like Dona Vorchenza from Lies and Captain Zamira Drakasha from Red Seas. The truth is, I'm still toying with the subjects of the novellas, and will not begin serious work on them until next month (by which point I'll also be researching and outlining the third main sequence novel, The Republic of Thieves). I honestly doubt that Locke will feature in any of them, but if inspiration hits like a brick to the head I certainly won't ignore it. These novellas will definitely enhance understanding of the main sequence novels and offer a few choice in-jokes and revelations, but they will in no way be mandatory for understanding of the main sequence novels, because I am not the Wachowski brothers.[7]

Lynch later announced that, due to an email he received from an Australian fan, at least the first novella would concern Locke and Jean's acquisition of a cask of expensive brandy, set before The Lies of Locke Lamora. In his 2013 announcement on the release date for The Republic of Thieves, Lynch indicated that his plans for the first novella have changed in the intervening years:

Although TMBMA and its companion, The Choir of Knives, were conceived as prequels to The Lies of Locke Lamora, I have decided after lengthy reflection that I’m not willing to contribute another inessential prequel to our society’s towering heap of the damn things. Although I think TMBMA is a fun story with a great cast and setting, it ultimately revealed nothing surprising about Locke and Jean’s history and it stretched the boundaries of what I consider acceptable retconning. I have come to believe that prequels should cast some accepted facts of their universes in a new light, and I just didn’t have anything up my sleeve in that department. What I am deeply interested in, however, is the further adventures of Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen now that I’ve recovered something of my ability to push them forward. Thus, I am retooling these novellas as a bridge story between the events of The Republic of Thieves and The Thorn of Emberlain, one that is entirely optional but hopefully enriching.[8]

Queen of the Iron Sands[edit]

In August 2009 Lynch started to publish an online novel called Queen of the Iron Sands on his website.[9] Chapters were originally scheduled to be released each week. The story is a science fantasy romance, in the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom novels, about a female aviator and ex-WASP who is transported to a fantastic Mars. After a long hiatus that began in September 2009, Lynch resumed posting new chapters in June 2010.


  1. ^ a b "Scott Lynch". Goodreads. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
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  3. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2007 World Fantasy Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Campbell Award". Hugo Awards. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "2008 British Fantasy Awards winners". Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  6. ^ (7 May 2012). "Scott Lynch - The Bastards and the Knives to be published, summary and cover art revealed". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Lynch, Scott (August 17, 2006). "Open Announcement: Three Novellas". LiveJournal. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lynch, Scott (March 18, 2013). "The Republic of Thieves". LiveJournal. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Lynch, Scott. "Queen of the Iron Sands". Scott Lynch, Keyboard Jockey. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

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