Scott Westerfeld

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Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld.jpg
Westerfeld at Utopiales 2010
Born (1963-05-05) May 5, 1963 (age 52)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Occupation Writer, composer, media designer
Nationality American
Period 1990s–present
Genre Young adult, science fiction
Spouse Justine Larbalestier

Scott David Westerfeld (born May 5, 1963) is an American writer of young adult fiction.


Westerfeld was born in Dallas, Texas.[1] As a child he moved to Connecticut for his father Lloyd's job as a computer programmer. He saw his dad working with planes, submarines, and the Apollo missions.

Westerfeld graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1985.[2] He began composing music as a teenager[3] and composes music for modern dance.[4] In 2001, Westerfeld married the Australian author Justine Larbalestier.

He now divides his time between Sydney, Australia and New York City.[1] He has written up to 32 books.


Westerfeld is well known for the Uglies series. He also wrote The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds, parts one and two of the same work, originally titled Succession, published in the UK in 2005 under the title The Risen Empire.

Westerfeld has written a manga series called Shay's Story.[5] He has also written the Leviathan trilogy, consisting of Leviathan, Behemoth, Goliath, and The Manual of Aeronautics, an illustrated guide to the Leviathan series.

Several of his novels have been optioned for films. So Yesterday has been optioned to be made into a film by one of the producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine.[6] However, this option 'slowly died', as Scott Westerfeld wrote on his blog. The Uglies series was optioned in 2006 by Twentieth Century Fox as a possible film series.[7]




Succession series[edit]

Midnighters trilogy[edit]

Uglies series[edit]

  • Uglies (2005)
  • Pretties (2005)
  • Specials (2006)
  • Extras (2007)
  • Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider's Guide to the World of Uglies (2008)
  • Uglies: Shay's Story (2012) (a manga retelling of the Uglies series from Shay's point of view)
  • Uglies: Cutters (2012) (a manga retelling of the Uglies series from Shay's point of view)

Peeps series[edit]

  • Peeps (2005) (also known as Parasite Positive in Britain and V-Virus or Peeps in Canada)
  • The Last Days (2006)

Leviathan series[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Author Feature-Scott Westerfeld". Texas Library Association. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kevin Stone (December 2006). "A Conversation With Scott Westerfeld". The SF Site. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Scott Westerfeld: Music". Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Author Information: Scott Westerfeld". Internet Book List. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Westerfeld, Scott (2009). Leviathan. Simon Pulse. p. 448. ISBN 1416971734. 
  6. ^ "So Yesterday, the Movie". April 13, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Publishers Weekly, January 8, 2007.
  8. ^ "2006 Best Books for Young Adults with annotations". Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 

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