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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...)



Reading
Nightmare, by Steven Harper
Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy
 Writing
Red Hood's Revenge


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bearmountain
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
I second the A. Lee Martinez--some unique work there (he has a book coming out in May called Monster, which is quite excellent--I'll be reviewing for BSC.) I think one of the things that makes his work stand out is that he mixes sci/fi with urban settings--less of the fantasy (still there) more sci/fi themes. He wrote "The Automatic Detective" which was a kind of robotic hero type mixed with pulp mystery (think Dashel Hammet futuristic version of reality). Monster is almost a alternate version of the universe.

I'd also highly recommend Dog Days and New Tricks by John Levitt for an urban fantasy series. This series has some unique edges in the urban fantasy genre--not much focus on the "obvious" vampires, werewolves, etc. Very strong storylines/plots and Levitt tends to take into account legends from other cultures rather than just using the standard ones.

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