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Scott Westerfeld is best known in the Steampunk circles for his Leviathan trilogy, a retro-futuristic retelling of World War I, illustrated by Keith Thompson and featuring adventure, walking machines, and living airships.

As an author of twenty-five novels, five for adults, and the other twenty for young adults, Westerfeld’s work is expansive and he is widely known for the Uglies quartet, set in a future where cosmetic surgery is compulsory at age sixteen. Additionally, he has penned the Zeroes trilogy, written with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti, about six teens with strange powers in a small city in California; and the Midnighters trilogy, about five teenagers for whom time freezes every night. My standalone works include four novels set in contemporary New York: So YesterdayPeepsThe Last Days, and Afterworlds.

Westerfeld’s books have won the Philip K Dick Special Citation, the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier’s Award, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children’s Books of the Year. I have contributed nonfiction to NerveBookForum, the scientific journal Nature. He claims, however, “My greatest accomplishment is, of course, my three Powerpuff Girl choose-your-own-adventure books.” 🙂

Learn more about Scott Westerfeld at ScottWesterfeld.com

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