Ben H. Winters is the author of ten novels, including most recently Golden State (Mulholland Books), an Indie Next pick for January, 2019 and a Book of the Month Club selection. Previous work includes the New York Times bestselling Underground Airlines (Mulholland Books). His other work includes the award-winning Last Policeman trilogy, which concluded in 2014 with World of Trouble (Quirk), a nominee for an Anthony Award and an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Countdown City was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award, and it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate.

Underground Airlines was shortlisted for the Chautauqua Prize and won the 2019 Grand prix de l’Imaginaire, France’s prestigious science-fiction prize.

Ben’s other books Literally Disturbed (Price Stern Sloan), a book of scary poems for kids; the New York Times bestselling parody novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk) and a novel for young readers, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins), which was a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2011 as well as an Edgar Nominee in the juvenile category.

Ben has also written extensively for the theater, and was a 2009-2010 Fellow of the Dramatists Guild; his plays for young audiences include The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere A (Tooth) Fairy Tale and Uncle Pirate, and his plays for not-young audiences include the 2008 Off-Broadway musical Slut and the “jukebox musical” Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, which is produced frequently across the country and around the world.  Ben’s journalism has appeared in The Chicago Reader, The Nation, In These Times, USA Today, the Huffington Post, and lots of other places.

Ben grew up in suburban Maryland, went to college at Washington University in St. Louis, and has subsequently lived in six different cities—seven if you count Brooklyn twice for two different times. Presently he lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Diana and their three children.

48 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Mathieu Saintout

    Dear Mr. Winters,

    We would be interested in licensing you novel The Last Policeman for France. Do you work with an agency, and if so, could you pass us the mail?

    Best regards,

    Mathieu Saintout
    Publishing Manager – Panini Group

  2. Jen Clay

    Have you ever lived in Concord, NH, the setting for The Last Policeman trilogy? What was it about the area that inspired you to make it the setting?

    1. Ben Post author

      Paul — book 3 is calledWorld of Trouble, and it comes out July 15.
      Jen — I have never lived in Concord, but I have family there. And I love it there.

      1. Sherry Burbank

        It feels like you have lived in Concord. I’m on page 76 of reading TLP and on year 43 of living in Concord.

          1. Anna

            I really liked The Last Policeman but there were some geographical inaccuracies. If you’re driving 93N from Boston, you’ll pass Lawrence, but not Lowell. Lowell is west of 93. Also, driving west to Concord from the NH coast you’d never be on 90. I realize it’s fiction but it seemed like you wanted to make it realistic to the area.

  3. simon gray from Australia

    Hmmm, I have been trying to get to the bottom of this with Amazon, but it seems that your books are about 10% more expensive when they are sold in Australia. Oh, and for your Last Policemen trilogy, perhaps you could have a package deal? If Amazon can explain to me why there is a price discrepancy I will post it here – Simon

  4. Kate

    Hi! I’m doing an author study for school and I’ve chosen to do it on you. I am having trouble finding some of the information required for my project and I was wondering if you could help. One thing that seems to not exist on the internet is your birth date.

    1. Ben Post author

      8 is probably too young for these books — there is a good deal of death and grief in them, and a small amount of sex, etc.

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  6. Kim Guenther

    Ben Winters

    I enjoyed immensely The Last Policeman and look forward to reading the next two in the series. Dramatic, creative, funny, and very well-written. Thanks! I have a picky comment: You write in The Last Policeman that your asteroid will hit with the strength of 1000 Hiroshima bombs. Actually, the similarly sized asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs is estimated to have hit with an impact 200 million times greater than a 50 megaton bomb (the strongest ever donated, by the Soviet Union in 1961). The Hiroshima had a yield of only 10% of one megaton. So a thousand Hiroshima explosion (100 megatons) would not threaten the existence of humanity, although anyone near the site would be killed. Also, among the deadly effects of the dinosaur-killing asteroid is the super-heating of Earth’s atmosphere.

    1. Drew

      Exactly! I was wondering if it was an error in editing…
      I have to force that sentence from my mind as I continue the story…

  7. Karin Baer

    wistful optimist question: is it really the end of the series? spoiler alert: stop now don’t read any more… can there be a Hollywood happy ending in vol 4?

  8. Gina Maria

    I also would like to see a 4th book. What a riveting story, one I much enjoyed. I would like to see another story of the aftermath and survivors, including of course Officer Palace and little Houdini.

  9. kelli bruns

    Ben, my book club in Concord NH is reading The Last Policeman this month. Would you be interested in skyping with us????

    1. Ben Post author

      First of all tell your daughter that she’s cool. Secondly, the answer is almost definitely yes, but I don’t know when, and there’s the distinct possibility she’ll be out of middle school by the time it happens.

  10. Eckhart

    Great Trilogy – I read through all three in one pull after Adam Sternbergh (Spademan Series) recommended your series. Super intense description of how society reacts to a high probability catastrophic event – something missing from the dystopian medium which usually focuses on unexpected catastrophes or the Aftermath. I really liked all the details about the infrastructure slowly coming undone, primarily because people prioritize their remaining time on leisure, etc. vs. fulfilling their obligations to employers, family, society, etc.

    Thanks again!

  11. Christina Seeborg

    I’d personally love to see actor Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Guest) play the role of Henry Palace!
    Thank you for such compelling, suspenseful reading!
    ~Tina S.

  12. Emily

    Read your first book and liked it, but are you aware that the word “squaw,” which you used casually in the narrative (not, say, in the dialogue of a dislikable character), is considered a slur? Here’s one discussion, but you could find *hundreds* more in a simple Google search: http://www.native-languages.org/iaq5.htm I liked the book, but I feel sheepish about posting a positive review of it on Goodreads because what if one of my NA friends reads it and thinks I was endorsing the whole thing? Awkward and gross.

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  14. Jim Fouche

    The premise of a new comedy series “You, me and the Apocalypse” (UK – Sky 1, US – NBC) sounds so much like your Last Poilceman trilogy. Just a coincidence? Any consultation with you?

      1. Glenn Halberstadt

        Thanks. I’m doing a blog post on the Indianapolis Public Library website, about nominating authors for the Indiana Authors Awards. I’m making suggestions, but you’re going to have to hold on for another year. Stiff upper lip. I may mention you as a future candidate. — Glenn

      2. Judy Schroeder

        I am confused. Your bio says you live in L.A. with your wife and children. Yet the acknowledgments in “Underground Airlines” suggest you are teaching in the MFA program at Butler University and you acknowledge “a lot of help in Indianapolis.” SO … where do you live?

    1. Ben Post author

      It actually was not my idea, believe it or not — I was honored to offered that gig by my friend at Quirk Books, after they had a raging success with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. So I did my best to turn the crazy dream into a reality.

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  17. Brian

    I loved the Last Policeman series of books. What are you working on now that Underground Airlines is almost out? Any chance of returning to the near-apocalyptic genre?

    1. Ben Post author

      I appreciate it, Brian. I am working on something new right now, which is not near-apocalyptic (or post-apocalyptic, or even just straight-out apocalyptic). But a lot of things could happen between now and anybody actually reading it. So there’s hope! Thanks for writing.

  18. Lou Csinsi

    Enjoyed your trilogy very much. Had an aha moment in the third book about stopping by the Verizon store at Crestview Hills Mall for a party. I live about 500 feet from there. Just wondering where the hell that came from? Thanks Lou

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  20. Nick

    “…grew up in suburban Maryland.” I thought as much while reading Underground Airlines. To a kid from Montgomery County like myself, the references to Gaithersburg were a fun surprise. Keep writing! Because I enjoy the reading.

  21. JaneHill

    How did you happen to pick Earlham College as the school Kevin (in your novel Underground Airlines) was attending when he was recruited?

  22. JaneHill

    I happen to have the name you used in the book and I attended the college you named. I still wonder how you chose these . Thanks.

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  24. Jay

    Recently I’ve been having these uncomfortable feelings about white folks and their privilege; feelings of raw mistrust and white folks (do I have to qualify “some”) would look forward to a return to chattel slavery if it could be sanitized and removed mostly from sight. These feelings I am aware are cause by enough of them sitting on their hands and their white silence as the kkk and white nationalists cause mental and physical harm to POC all around the nation- as cops kill us in the streets and as the legal system assaults us in the courts. These thoughts were aptly illustrated in your book Underground Airlines. I heard of it and pretty much avoided my audible purchase for weeks. I then figured if I can read Octavia Butler’s Parable of the talents twice , I can shrug on my big girl panties and run DMC t and listen to at least one chapter.
    One turned into 25 and my fear and anxiety living in this America has turned into action and preparation and patience and hope, Thank you.
    Great work!!!
    **Great acting too!

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