Scott Lynch

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Scott Lynch
Scott Lynch by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lynch at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1978-04-02) April 2, 1978 (age 39)
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 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.

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Massachusetts. He 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.[2] He is married to Elizabeth Bear.[3]


Lynch's debut novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2007.[4] In both 2007 and 2008 Lynch was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[5]

Lynch received the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award from the British Fantasy Society in 2008.[6]


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.

"With every book in the sequence I have attempted to cover what you might call a different general situation: The first book was a revenge caper, the second book was more of a heist, the third was politics and romance, and the fourth book will introduce war and espionage into the mix. It's always the same characters getting into trouble but the backdrop changes."

- Scott Lynch, Audible Interview 2016[7]

Queen of the Iron Sands[edit]

In August 2009 Lynch started publishing an online novel called Queen of the Iron Sands.[8] 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. Chapters were originally scheduled to be released each week. 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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  4. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2007 World Fantasy Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Campbell Award". Hugo Awards. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "2008 British Fantasy Awards winners". Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Scott Lynch: Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview". Audible. 30 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Lynch, Scott. "Queen of the Iron Sands". Scott Lynch, Keyboard Jockey. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

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