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Justine Larbalestier ( LAR-b?-LES-tee-air) is an Australian writer of young adult fiction best known for her 2009 novel, Liar.
Her surname has been pronounced in several different ways. She says online that Lar-bal-est-ee-air is correct:
Q: How do you pronounce your surname?
A: Lar-bal-est-ee-air. It can also be pronounced Lar-bal-est-ee-ay or Lar-bal-est-ee-er. Those are all fine by me. Friends at school used to pronounce it: Lavaworm. I have to really like you to let you get away with that one, but.
Larbalestier was born and raised in Sydney. She now alternates residence in Sydney and New York City.
In 2001 she married the American science fiction writer Scott Westerfeld. They met in New York City while she was doing postdoctoral research. They have different stories of how they met.
- 'Ending the Battle of the Sexes? Hermaphroditism in "Venus Plus X" by Theodore Sturgeon and "Motherhood, Etc." by L. Timmel Duchamp', The New York Review of Science Fiction, January 1997, pp. 14-16.
- Opulent Darkness: The Werewolves of Tanith Lee (New Lambton: Nimrod Publications, 1999). ISBN 978-0-909242-52-7 - Babel Handbooks on Fantasy and SF Writers, no. 9 (20 pages)
- The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (Wesleyan University Press, 2002).
- Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century, edited (Wesleyan, 2006).
Fiction as editor
- Magic or Madness trilogy, or Reason Cansino series
Magic or Madness won the 2007 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy--as the year's best book published in the US according to American speculative fiction writers.
Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction won one of Australia's Ditmar Awards in 2007, the William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review and the Susan Koppelman Award.
Her works have also been among the runners-up for several annual book awards (whose definitions of the award year may vary).
- The Battle of The Sexes in Science Fiction (2002) was nominated for the Peter McNamara Convenors' Award (one of the Aurealis Awards for Australian publications), for the William J. Atheling Ditmar, and for the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2003.
- Magic or Madness (2005) was shortlisted for the 2006 Ethel Turner Award as well as for an Aurealis Award, best Australian YA book, and a Ditmar Award, best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel. It was nominated for the Michigan Library Association Teen Services Division "Thumbs Up Award".
- Magic Lessons (2006) was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, best Australian YA book, and it was one runner-up for a Locus Award, best YA book--namely, 3rd place in the voting by Locus readers.
- Daughters of Earth (2006) was shortlisted for a British Science Fiction Award.
- Liar (2009) was another 3rd-place runner-up for a Locus Award, best YA book. It was a 2010 recipient of the Davitt Award.
- Razorhurst (2014) was shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards 2015.