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My problem with YA Science Fiction

September 23, 2008  Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft   3 Comments
  • I buy books.
  • I prefer my books in hardcover.
  • I like to buy books at indie bookstores.
  • I tend to talk to the people in the bookstore about what I like.
  • I am a successful working man.
  • I love reading YA SFF books.
  • Yet, the SF seems to be… missing.
  • See where I am going with this?
  • My pocket book is yours.
  • You have only to publish your entertaining yet thought-provoking Young Adult Sci-Fi for me to read it.
  • More importantly, I read in a pack. I have friends. Most of them make more money than I do. They will buy your book too, if I like it!
  • I have two children.

Write it for God sakes. Write it right now! Right now! Right Fucking Now!

Man do I feel better. This has been a public service announcement from Anthony Pacheco, Hack Writer. No need to thank me, that’s just the kind of guy I am.

3 comments on: My problem with YA Science Fiction

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  2. Joseph September 24, 2008 at 7:26 am

    That’s interesting to me. I hate hardcovers because I own a bazillion, possibly a gajillion, books and can’t possible shelve them if they are too tall. Plus, they cost more. I also suspect that science fiction aimed at a younger audience would tend to be more “sci fi” or essentially star wars, meaning light on the science and heavy on the laser guns. Maybe the SF writers just tend to aim at harder subject matter not appropriate for a YA reader? I prefer writing SF, and I don’t lean heavily on the science, but my themes are usually more adult, more profound, more challenging than would be appropriate for the 8-18 set.

  3. Anthony September 24, 2008 at 8:34 am

    YA Sci Fi was dramatically different from Star Wars even post 1977, at least when I was reading it. Rite of Passage (pre-SW), Cities in Flight (same), John Christopher post-apocalyptic tours of coming of age, Alan Dean Foster (post-SW), and like ten other author/titles that escape me.

    If the YA SF market is not reinvented, it will have a profound effect on the SF genre. My son is an avid reader, and all his fiction books lean heavily towards fantasy. He’ll read my SF books I am sure, but when he is older, he is going to open his wallet and buy… what exactly? A genre based on moldy anachronisms from Dad’s library or the genre that fed him good stuff since he learned to read?

    Gibbors me mah YA SF!

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