Does the summer's biggest young adult novel live up to the hype?

The 5th Wave may be the summer’s most buzzed about YA book — but it really does deserve a lot of praise. Rick Yancey’s alien invasion novel plays around with more than a few tropes of the genre, elevating them with dashes of lyrical prose and a plot that just doesn’t stop. Spoilers ahead... » 5/30/13 4:42pm 5/30/13 4:42pm

Book trailer for the Hunger Games book three made us do a happy dance

I don't know what's more exciting: The fact that the third Hunger Games book comes out in a month, or the fact that a science-fictional young adult series is generating Twilight-style excitement. In either case, here's a new book trailer! » 7/26/10 4:30pm 7/26/10 4:30pm

Is The Golden Age Of YA Science Fiction Already Over?

We thought we were living in a golden age of young-adult science fiction, with authors like Cory Doctorow turning to YA protagonists and authors like Scott Westerfeld and Suzanne Collins hitting big. But two bloggers say YA SF is scarce. » 1/22/10 2:33pm 1/22/10 2:33pm

YA Authors Explain Everything — Even Twilight — In New York Tonight

Confused about why young-adult science fiction and fantasy are growing so much faster than their adult counterparts? YA authors will answer your questions in New York this evening. They're even prepared to discuss the popularity of Twilight. » 11/05/09 11:00am 11/05/09 11:00am

Where To Start With Young Adult Science Fiction

Where's the best place to start your kids with reading Science Fiction? Here's a booklist of some of the best Sci-Fi for the discerning young adult, because it's never too early to teach them about the dangers of dystopian societies. » 10/18/09 3:00pm 10/18/09 3:00pm

Young Adult Science Fiction Is Getting More Pessimistic, Less Scientific

"[In] the Golden Age... there was an emphasis on writing for young people, to essentially hook them and get them excited about the genre, so they would become lifelong science fiction readers. And in those works, juveniles written by people like Heinlein and Asimov and Andre Norton and such, there was this sense that… » 9/23/09 6:30am 9/23/09 6:30am

"It Causes Me Pain To Classify My Post-Apocalyptic YA Romance As…

How easy is it to nail down the genre of a novel you're working on? Agent Nathan Bransford polled the readers of his blog about the genres they're writing, and it turned into a free-for-all about the terror of genres. » 8/20/09 3:21pm 8/20/09 3:21pm

Young Adult Books Will Save Science Fiction

The biggest growth in science fiction publishing these days, hands down, is happening in the young adult market, and that's great news. While the "real" science fiction publishers are chasing a shrinking - and graying - readership, tweens and teens are discovering SF for themselves, thanks to books from a diverse… » 8/15/08 2:00pm 8/15/08 2:00pm

Won't Somebody Rescue This Kid From Earth?


Teenage uberdork Mike Pillsbury manages to MacGyver his satellite dish into an interstellar communications relay so he can ask aliens to rescue him from Earth in this demented scene from 1999 TV movie Can Of Worms. Everything about this scene is awesome: the weird science, the breathless speechifying, and the burning… » 1/04/08 11:20am 1/04/08 11:20am