When I was a kid – the age that I now write for – I was a science fiction addict. This was before the days of Harry Potter and YA, and most of my SF buzz came in the form of adult SF novels. Which is ironic, partly because I run a blog concerned about “age appropriate” reading material for advanced readers, and partly because back then all science fiction was considered “juvenile.”
Well, SF has grown up (some might say aged) since then, and as Dark Omen plunges into those Young Teen (12-14) years, I find myself wanting to set him loose on my SF paperback collection, yet concerned about what he might find there.
Serendipitously, the SF publisher Baen comes to my rescue. I was researching small publishers to consider for my middle grade science fiction novel, and as I perused Baen’s site, I found a list of Young SF! And there were all my favorites: Niven, Poul Anderson, Heinlein, Marion Bradley Zimmer, Pournelle . . . and a whole lot more that I didn’t even recognize. While I’m sure many on this list are more Teen than Young Teen, it’s at least been culled by some erudite SF editors as “suitable for an intelligent young reader.”
Which is a great description of Dark Omen.
As a bonus, most are available as e-books, so I can load up the Nook and hand it to Dark Omen the next time he says, “Mom, I’m out of books again!”