Even if you're sick of teenage dystopias, this paranoid mind-wiping…

There is something vertiginous about a great British dystopia. Perhaps it's just that extra layer of distance between Americans and Brits. Perhaps it's just being culturally closer to seminal works like George Orwell's 1984 or, more recently, Alan Moore's V for Vendetta. Or perhaps it has something to do with… » 1/24/13 4:30pm 1/24/13 4:30pm

Deepest, Darkest Coming of Age Stories from Science Fiction and Fantasy

When it comes to discovering strange new worlds, there's nothing like a young protagonist venturing out into a world where it feels like absolutely anything can happen. Many of science fiction and fantasy's coolest stories are about coming of age — but coming of age, in the end, means losing your innocence and… » 8/06/12 12:10pm 8/06/12 12:10pm

Why Video Games Are the New Pulps

A couple of days ago, the esteemed Charlie Jane Anders looked at the dearth of new, sustaining pop culture heroes and villains. That, with the exception of Harry Potter, we haven't seen a new character with the perceived permanence of a James Bond or a Captain Kirk or Spider-Man — and she blamed it on a lack of a pulp… » 1/26/12 11:21am 1/26/12 11:21am

Angry Robot Books Launching a Young Adult Imprint!

Science fiction and fantasy are officially ruling young-adult books — so it's no surprise that lots of science fiction publishers have been expanding into the YA niche, with often terrific results. The latest addition: Angry Robot Books is launching a YA imprint, Strange Chemistry, headed up by Amanda Rutter. They'll… » 11/18/11 3:20pm 11/18/11 3:20pm

A New $5000 Prize for Children's Science Fiction and Fantasy in Canada

Canadian SF/fantasy authors, you have a new chance to get recognized for your children's and young-adult novels. The Monica Hughes Award, named after the late author of 40 young-adult novels, will give $5,000 each year to the author of the best science fiction or fantasy novel for children. The prize is funded by… » 10/07/11 3:20pm 10/07/11 3:20pm

Top literary agent says it's not okay to be gay after the apocalypse

After the apocalypse, the scariest thing could be one gay teenager. At least, that's what one prominent agent who represents successful young-adult novelists seems to believe. This unnamed agent asked authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith to remove a gay character from their post-apocalyptic YA novel — or just … » 9/12/11 2:45pm 9/12/11 2:45pm

Read the first 6 chapters of Catherine Fisher's Relic Master

If you loved the post-apocalyptic prison saga of Incarceron, then you'll be excited to know Catherine Fisher has a new series, publishing monthly. We've got an exclusive excerpt for you: the first six chapters of Fisher's Relic Master Book One. » 5/17/11 8:30am 5/17/11 8:30am

What would it take for grownups to love dystopian fiction as much as…

Our teens are living in horrible oppressive conditions — in their imaginations, at least. Dystopian fiction, which has never been more than a minor sub-genre in the past, has become a runaway success in young-adult publishing. » 2/22/11 1:22pm 2/22/11 1:22pm