The PEEPS duology by Scott Westerfeld

Vampires, we all know them and at one point they were supposed to be scary creatures that could take over your soul, drink your blood and destroy you.  Well, over the years to say the vampire has lost some of its scary edge is an understatement. While Dracula did have some sexiness to him, the modern perception of the vampire is less scary and more sexy.  Enter Scott Westerfeld and his two book series which includes Peeps and The Last Days. These books tell the story of a world on the brink of apocalypse, overrun by vampires, but not your average vampires and are rarely referred to as such.  Rather, they are “peeps” as the title indicates, peep being a shortening of the term parasite positive.  You see, in Westerfeld’s tale, parasites cause the stricken person to shun both the light and that which he or she loved in their previous life. Throughout the first novel Peeps, Westerfeld injects a logical scientific explanation for many of the tropes of the vampire legend.  By doing this, Westerfeld allows the novel to be read on many levels: a vampire novel, a young adult novel [which it is marketed as], a horror novel (mashed up with science fiction), or a dark fantasy novel.
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The recently-announced 2009 Nebula Award ballot includes lots of great fiction from lots of great writers and only hints at all the great work being published. So we asked this year’s nominees this question:

Q: If your work couldn’t have been on the ballot this year, what work would you have liked in its place?

Here’s what they said…

[Note: Due to my poor interviewing skills, there were multiple revisions of this question ultimately intending to clarify that its intent was not to slight any of the fiction that was nominated, but rather, to name additional works that are also award-worthy. Along the way, I also left open the possibility that panelists could name work in any category. Any perceived lack of cohesion in this Mind Meld is thus entirely of my own making -- but I think you'll find plenty of great titles to seek out in addition to the one's on this year's Nebula ballot. So there.]

Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld is the author of five adult and ten young adult books, including the Risen Empire and Uglies series. His latest is Leviathan, the first of an illustrated steampunk trilogy.

I’d have liked to see Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a post-zombie-apocalypse novel.

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Book Trailer: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

In case you weren’t already stoked about Scott Westerfeld’s upcoming steampunk book, Leviathan, this should do the trick.

I am now anxiously awaiting the trailer for Cherie Priest’s upcoming steampunk book, Boneshaker. [Looks at Tor.com...]

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Author Scott Westerfeld says that his best-selling book, Uglies, will be available as a free PDF download for the next 30 days at the Simon and Schuster site. It also includes the first chpater of his upcoming steampunk adventure, Leviathan.

(Note: the download site asks for a US zip code which, as Scott points out, is five numbers.)