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Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Going Young Adult

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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11 Comments on Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Going Young Adult

  1. Clive Barker and China Mieville have both written for YA.

  2. I was thinking of more recently, but since I didn’t specify a time frame…

    Sure, we could mention Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (October 2007) and China Miéville’s Un Lun Dun (January 2008).

    While we’re at it, let’s throw in Stephen Baxter’s The H-Bomb Girl (September 2007).


  3. Tigerheart by Peter David

    F. Paul Wilson is writing some Repairman Jack stories featuring a teenaged Jack.

  4. Sean Williams has a couple of YA books either out now or forthcoming. I think they’re set in the same universe as his Books of the Cataclysm novels (though I’m not exactly certain).

  5. Thanks so much for this post because I just found out that a fellow blogger of mine is going to launch a blog dedicated to YA SF. I just emailed her about this piece. I know she’d appreciate learning about potential authors in this genre.

  6. Joshua Bilmes // September 10, 2008 at 9:10 pm //

    My client Brandon Sanderson has his “Alcatraz” series with Scholastic, with ALCATRAZ VS. THE SCRIVENER’S BONES about to appear in hardcover coincident with the paperback release of ALCATRAZ VS. THE EVIL LIBRARIANS.

  7. Scott Westerfeld has written a bunch of really popular YA books recently. I think he’s known primarily for his YA stuff (the Uglies trilogy, namely), but he’s also written adult SF.

  8. Here’s a new one that just came to my attention:

    The Night Children by Kit Reed.

  9. Dang.. someone beat me to mentioning F. Paul Wilson and his excellent Repairman Jack series going YA.



  10. Michael Chabon’s book “Summerland” is a YA novel. (It’s about four years old at this point, and possibly beyond the timeframe of which you were thinking.)

    Kelly Link has a new book of short stories called “Pretty Monsters” coming out for YA readers.

  11. Interestingly enough, the book I am currently reading and will review for you guys (yes, slave meister John, I am working on it) goes the opposite way. Stephenie Meyer wrote the Twilight series aimed at the female young adult market, and she recently went all elderly and penned The Host…which John lent me.

    Review soon.


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