Author of the Month - August 2018
Brandon Sanderson, contemporary fantasy and science fiction writer, is most notably recognized for his Cosmere universe, a world of his own creation that is the backdrop for most of his stories. Sanderson offers a unique and immersive experience in his writing, allowing both experienced readers of the genre and those for whom his books are a first foray into the world of science fiction and fantasy an enjoyable and thoroughly captivating reading experience. His writing, in its trademark riveting style, is the kind to sweep you up from the get-go and keep you spellbound well after the last page.
Sanderson started his professional life as a biochemistry major. After spending two years working as a full-time missionary for the church, he changed his major to English literature, and began writing. Sandersons experience as a missionary and as a science major leads to a thorough and detailed universe where the mechanisms of construction employed by him are believable. Religion is a major theme in Sandersons universe which he explore's as an alternative retelling of various religions that exist. First published in 2005, his career jump started with his debut book, Elantris after which he released the thoroughly intriguing Mistborn series which became the basis of the Cosmere universe. This was followed successively by publications in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Apart from his own universe, Sanderson also completed the final books of Jordan’s epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, after the author’s passing. He has written multiple series and a graphic novel, and has published an e-book inspired by the mobile game Infinity Blade. Comparable to Westworld’s accurate and detailed universal mechanisms and the dystopian realism found in The Handmaid’s Tale, Sanderson’s writing has occupied the #1 position on the NYTimes bestseller list multiple times, while his other pieces have ranked in the top 10. His works have been recognized various other times over the years by a variety of literary organizations.