"I've always been fascinated by quantum physics and the possibility of alternate realities."


James Dashner is an American writer of speculative fiction, primarily series for children or young-adults, such as the The Maze Runner and the young-adult fantasy series The 13th Reality. He was born in Austell, Georgia, and has six siblings. He graduated from Duluth High School and Brigham Young University in Utah, where he received a master's degree in accounting. Dashner and his wife have four children and live in the Rocky Mountains.


Full Name

James Smith Dashner

Date of Birth

November 26, 1972 (age 43)

Place of Birth

Austell, Georgia, United States





Genre of Books

Children's literature


Lynette Anderson (since 1998)


James Dashner
Linda Dashner


The Maze Runner (2014)
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (2015)
Maze Runner: Death Cure (2017)


James Smith Dashner

Written Works Edit

  • The Maze Runner series
    • The Maze Runner (2009)
    • The Scorch Trials (2010)
    • The Death Cure (2011)
    • The Kill Order (2012)
    • The Fever Code (2016)
    • The Maze Runner Files (2013)
  • The Mortality Doctrine series
    • The Eye of Minds (2013)
    • The Rule of Thoughts (2014)
    • The Game of Lives (2015)
    • Gunner Skale (2014)
  • The 13th Reality series
  • The Infinity Ring series (multiple authors)
    • A Mutiny in Time (2012)
    • The Iron Empire (2014)
  • The Jimmy Fincher Saga
    • A Door in the Woods (2003)
    • A Gift of Ice (2004)
    • The Tower of Air (2004)
    • War of the Black Curtain (2005)

Awards Edit

  • Whitney Award, Best Youth Fiction, The 13th Reality (2008)
  • ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, The Maze Runner (2011)
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, intermediate grades, The Maze Runner (2012)

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