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Scott Smith (author)

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Scott B. Smith
Smith in New York City in 2006
Smith in New York City in 2006
BornScott Bechtel Smith
(1965-07-13) July 13, 1965 (age 55)
Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, screenwriter, executive producer
Alma materDartmouth College, Columbia University
Home townToledo, Ohio
GenresHorror, thriller
Notable worksA Simple Plan (1993), The Ruins (2006)

Scott Bechtel Smith (born July 13, 1965) is an American author and screenwriter, who has published two novels, A Simple Plan and The Ruins. His screen adaptation of A Simple Plan earned him an Academy Award nomination.

Early life and education

Smith was born in Summit, New Jersey in 1965 and moved to Toledo, Ohio as a child.[1] Smith is the son of Linda and Doug Smith. He told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reviewer Regis Behe that, as a child, he read his father's "castoffs," the novels of Clive Cussler and Jack Higgins. "Growing up, I also read Ray Bradbury and Stephen King," he said. "I just had a sense of how to create these places that aren't real world places, but just with this provisional attachment to the real world. It is very much of your imagination, and I felt very much I could do that."[2] After graduating from Dartmouth College and from Columbia University with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing, he took up writing full-time.


He has published two novels, A Simple Plan and The Ruins. His screen adaptation of A Simple Plan earned him an Academy Award nomination. The screenplay won a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and a National Board of Review Award.

His second novel, The Ruins, was also adapted into a film, released on April 4, 2008. Stephen King called it "the best horror novel of the new century." King had also called A Simple Plan "simply the best suspense novel of the year."

In 2016 it was announced that TNT had greenlit a pilot for Civil, a new TV series created by Smith about a second American Civil War following a hotly contested presidential election.[3] A TV series adaptation of William Gibson's The Peripheral was commissioned in 2018 by Amazon,[4] with Smith as writer.[5] Smith created the series, and will executive producer and also showrunner. Vincenzo Natali will direct the show's plot.[6]



  • A Simple Plan (1993), ISBN 0-312-95271-6
  • The Ruins (2006), ISBN 1-4000-4387-5

Short stories


  • Italian by Mario Biondi, "Un piano semplice", Rizzoli, 1993
  • Slovakian (by Katarína Jusková): Ruiny. - Bratislava : Ikar 2006. ISBN 978-80-551-1369-2
  • Spanish by Jaume Subira Ciurana, "Las Ruinas", Ediciones B, Barcelona 2007. ISBN 978-84-666-3349-9
  • Swedish by Olov Hyllienmark "Ruinerna"
  • Danish by Henrik Enemark Sørensen
  • Polish by Jan Kraśko - "Prosty Plan"
  • Spanish by Rosa Corgatelli "Un plan simple"




  1. ^ Prince, Tom. "Brief Lives: Making a Killing," New York, August 30, 1993, p. 48. Accessed February 20, 2011.
  2. ^ Behe, Regis (July 23, 2006). "Author Infuses The Ruins with Social Commentary". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh: Tribune-Review Publishing Company.
  3. ^ The Hollywood Reporter [1] "TNT Picks Up Young Shakespeare Series, Orders Modern Civil War Drama Pilot"
  4. ^ Elderkin, Beth (April 17, 2018), The Creators of Westworld Head to Amazon With New Scifi Series The Peripheral, Gizmodo, retrieved November 15, 2019
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 13, 2019), Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy’s ‘The Peripheral’ Picked Up To Series By Amazon, Deadline, retrieved November 15, 2019
  6. ^ Maas, Jennifer (November 13, 2019), Amazon Greenlights Sci-Fi Series ‘The Peripheral’ From ‘Westworld’ Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, The Wrap, retrieved November 15, 2019
  7. ^ "Open City #20 – Homecoming". Open City. Retrieved 2018-04-17.

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