The novels of Nebraska fantasy author
Popular fantasy author Brandon Sanderson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he attended Lincoln East High School until 1994. As a senior in high school, he won a SF/Fantasy writing contest held at Andromeda, a genre convention in Lincoln. After graduating from high school, he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, ultimately earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. After a brief period in Idaho Falls, ID, he returned to Provo, where he and his family (he married in 2006) current reside.
Sanderson was nominated, in both years of his eligibility, for the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction or fantasy author, losing out to John Scalzi (2006) and Naomi Novik (2007). In 2007, following the death of author Robert Jordan (actual name - James Oliver Rigney, Jr.), Sanderson was selected by Jordan's estate and the publisher Tor to be the writer to complete Jordan's final volume in the epic Wheel of Time saga, A Memory of Light. Sanderson and the publisher quickly realized the story could not be concluded in one volume, and agreed to a three-volume conclusion, the first of which, A Memory of Light came out in 2009.
In 2007, Sanderson released his first Young Adult novel, Alcatraz Smedry vs. the Evil Librarians, a humorous fantasy work. That novel has been optioned for a feature film by Dreamworks Animation.
Sanderson has been releasing his most recent work, Warbreaker, on a chapter-by-chapter basis on his web site, under a non-commercial/non-derivative Creative Commons license. Interested readers can download this novel-in-progress for free.
(Additional information about Brandon Sanderson can be found at the following Web sites:)
Added December 2008 sdc
Last updated January 2013 sdc