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Brain Picking: Hot New Trends and Writers

This coming Monday, I'm doing a presentation for a group of Michigan Librarians entitled "Beyond Sparkly Vampires: Hot New Writers and Trends in Science Fiction and Fantasy". I have a little over an hour to try to introduce these people to the popular subgenres and up-and-coming writers.

I've got a rough outline put together with some names and titles already. However, the LJ brain collective is vast, with far more knowledge and memory than any single drone, so I figured I'd open this up and ask for suggestions.

Topics I'm planning to touch on include:

  • Series vs. Standalones (with the series still coming in as the most popular)

  • Young Adult
  • (still huge)
  • Media Tie-ins
  • (movies, TV, video games ... look at Buckell's latest Halo novel)
  • Urban Fantasy
  • (both serious and not-so-serious ... and yes antonstrout, I'm planning to mention you)
  • Paranormal Romance
  • (and possibly a few other "boundary-blurring" categories)
  • Nonwhite/Nonmale/Nonstraight Protagonists (don't know if this is a trend, but it's something I want to talk about)
My questions for the group mind:

1. What hot books/writers would you suggest including as examples for these categories?
2. What hot new trends am I missing? (Aside from the were-jaguars)

Thanks in advance.

I love events like this. They invited me as a Michigan author to come speak to a room full of librarians. And then they're going to pay me for my time? Gosh, let me think about it.

I did set a rule for myself, though. The obvious temptation is to tell all of these wonderful librarians about ME and MY BOOKS and GO BUY THEM NOW NOW NOW! So I figure I'll introduce myself as a local author, give a little bit of my background and credentials (i.e., why the heck should they listen to me), and then say right up front that I'm not going to talk about my books until the final five minutes. I figure a five minute indulgence in a 75-minute presentation is reasonable, and it lets me shut off that sales/publicity part of my brain for the other 70 minutes.

Tune in tomorrow for a Very Special Episode of LJ, as Jim finally confronts his parentheses addiction. (Or maybe not...)



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Nightmare, by Steven Harper
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Red Hood's Revenge


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dr_phil_physics
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Very fond of the four books in Scott Westerfield's Uglies trilogy. (grin) I was able to read them in one roiund, without having to wait for the next to come out.

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jimhines
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Westerfield is definitely big in YA, but I don't know that he'd fit as a new writer. I'm hoping to get more of the up-and-comers that the librarians might not have heard of yet, but should, if that makes sense.
bearmountain
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Trust me, the librarians have heard of Westerfield. I'd be stunned if they didn't have several copies of Westerfield sitting next to the Harry Potter books on the holds shelf!
jimhines
Apr. 23rd, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
That's kind of what I figured. I really want to introduce them to as many of the newer books and writers as I can, and hopefully get a little more variety and range into their SF/F collections. Thanks!

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