The migration of science fiction authors to the young adult category is not new [looks at Scott Westerfeld], nor is dabbling in the YA category. A slew of recent books from established science fiction authors are appearing (or will appear) that are targeted for younger readers:

  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow – Teenage hacker Marcus Yallow takes on the Department of Homeland Security after being falsely connected with a terrorist attack.
  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi – A retelling of Scalzi’s The Last Colony through the eye’s of Zoe, John perry’s and Jane Sagan’s adopted daughter. Obviously set in the Old Man’s War universe.
  • Iron Jaw and Hummingbird by Chris Roberson – Two teenagers, one raised as an aristocrat and one a reluctant soldier, join forces to bring down the corrupt government. Takes place in Roberson’s futuristic Celestial Empire setting.
  • The Stowaway: Stone of Tymora, Book I by R.A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore – A teen holding a secret takes refuge on a pirate ship where he meets the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden. A brand new fantasy trilogy that Salvatore wrote with his son.

Not every sf/f fan is interested in books marketed to young adults, but YA books are a great way to get younger readers hooked on the genre.

Do you know of any other recent/upcoming YA adult book written by sf/f authors who normally don’t write YA?

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