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Larbalestier, Justine

Entry updated 2 January 2023. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor.

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(1967-    ) Australian author, critic and anthologist, married since 2001 to Scott Westerfeld. She began to publish genre criticism with "Ending the Battle of the Sexes? Hermaphroditism in Venus Plus X by Theodore Sturgeon and 'Motherhood, Etc.' by L. Timmel Duchamp" for The New York Review of Science Fiction, January 1997, and fiction with "The Cruel Brother" for Strange Horizons, October 2001. Her novels, written for the Young Adult audience, are chiefly fantasy and include the Reason Cansino sequence opening with Magic or Madness (2005) – which won the Andre Norton Award (see Nebula) – and the teen-Vampire tale Team Human (2012) with Sarah Rees Brennan.

Opulent Darkness: The Werewolves of Tanith Lee (1999 chap) is a brief study of Tanith Lee. Larbalestier has also written for Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction and Locus. Her most important critical work to date is The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (2002), which adopts a historical perspective to examine the function of Gender, Sex and Feminism in past sf. On a related note, she edited the notable Anthology Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (anth 2006). [DRL]

Justine Larbalestier

born Sydney, New South Wales: 23 September 1967



Reason Cansino

  • Magic or Madness (New York: Penguin/Razorbill, 2005) [Reason Cansino: hb/]
  • Magic Lessons (New York: Penguin/Razorbill, 2006) [Reason Cansino: hb/Justine Larbalestier]
  • Magic's Child (New York: Penguin/Razorbill, 2007) [Reason Cansino: hb/Justine Larbalestier]
    • The Magic of Reason (New York: Science Fiction Book Club, 2007) [omni of the above three: Reason Cansino: hb/Les Edwards as Edward Miller]

individual titles

  • How to Ditch Your Fairy (New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2008) [hb/]
  • Liar (New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2009) [hb/]
  • Team Human (New York: HarperTeen, 2012) with Sarah Rees Brennan [hb/Gustavo Marx]
  • Razorhurst (Sydney, New South Wales: Allen and Unwin (Australia), 2014) [pb/Hannah Jantzen]
  • My Sister Rose (Sydney, New South Wales: Allen and Unwin (Australia), 2016) [ebook: na/]


works as editor


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