Brandon Sanderson is an American writer best known for his science-fiction and fantasy novels. He is the creator of the Cosmere universe, in which most of his fantasy novels are set. He created Sanderson's Laws of Magic and popularized the terms hard magic and soft magic. He is the only author to make the shortlist for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years. Sanderson has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five of his novels hitting the #1 spot. He currently lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.