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Scott Westerfeld Scott Westerfeld i(A86781 works by)
Born: Established: 1963 Texas,
United States of America (USA),
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 2001
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Scott Westerfeld is a Texan-born science fiction writer who divides his time between New York City and Sydney. He graduated with a Vassar Philosophy BA in 1985 and undertook graduate work in Performance Studies at New York University 1987-8. Over the years he has worked variously as a factory worker, substitute teacher, textbook editor, software designer and a ghost writer. Westerfeld married writer Justine Larbalestier in 2001, after which he divided his time between Australia and the United States. More recently, he has collaborated with Australian authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti in a young-adult speculative-fiction series.

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Awards for Works

Zeroes 2015 series - author novel science fiction fantasy
2018 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Series Children's / YA
Zeroes 2015 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Don't call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.

'Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that'll say whatever people want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't - like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days.

'Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group's 'glorious leader.' After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

'Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening instalment of a thrilling new series.' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2016 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Novel
2015 highly commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
Afterworlds 2014 single work novel young adult

'Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.

Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.' (Publisher's blurb)

2014 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Best Novel
2014 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Best Novel
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