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* My most recent "History of the Genre" segment (this one is about early - and I do mean early! - feminist utopian science fiction) is available in the latest episode of the StarShipSofa Science Fiction Audio Magazine podcast, "Aural Delights No. 58." You can download it here, listen to it streaming here, or get it via iTunes under "StarShipSofa." A list of my other podcast commentaries, interviews, and unabridged dramatic readings is available here with links. To those of you listening, many thanks indeed! I hope you enjoy it.


* I have thoroughly overhauled my working list of dystopian fiction written specifically for a young adult audience. I'm particularly interested in Earth-bound stories - and yes, I'm defining "dystopian" rather broadly in this case. Suggestions are greatly appreciated! I'll be posting more about these books individually soon.


Recommended Young Adult Dystopias

1950s
Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D. (a.k.a. Daybreak, 2250 A.D.) by Andre Norton (1952)
Vault of the Ages by Poul Anderson (1952)
The Future Took Us by David Severn (1958)

1960s
The Time Quintet by Madeleine L'Engle (1962-1989) (dystopian elements)
The Changes Trilogy by Peter Dickinson (1968-1970)
The Tripods Series by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1968-1988)

1970s
The Sword of the Spirits Trilogy by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1970-1972)
Andra by Louise Lawrence (1971)
The Far Side of Evil by Sylvia Engdahl (1971, revised edition 2003)
The Guardians by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1971)
Out There by Adrien Stoutenburg (1971)
Sleep Two, Three, Four! A Political Thriller by John Neufeld (1971)
The Morrow Duology by H.M. Hoover (1973, 1976)
House of Stairs by William Sleator (1974)
Wild Jack by by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1974)
The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson (1975)
Noah's Castle by John Rowe Townsend (1975)
Ransome Revisited and The Travelling Man by Elisabeth Mace (1975, 1976)
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien (1975)
City of Darkness by Ben Bova (1976)
The Missing Person's League by Frank Bonham (1976)
Empty World by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1977)
I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier (1977)
The Ennead by Jan Mark (1978)
The Tomorrow City by Monica Hughes (1978)
A Quest for Orion and Tower of the Stars by Rosemary Harris (1978, 1980)
Dark Wing by Carl West and Katherine MacLean (1979)

1980s
The Creatures (a.k.a. King Creature, Come) by John Rowe Tomsend (1980)
A Rag, A Bone, and Hank of Hair by Nicholas Fisk (1980)
Red Zone by Tom Browne (1980)
This Time of Darkness by H.M. Hoover (1980)
The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh (1981)
The S.I.L.V.E.R. Series by Tanith Lee (1981, 2005)
The Voyage Begun by Nancy Bond (1981)
The Vandal by Ann Schlee (1981)
The Last Children of Schewenborn (also spelled Schevenborn) by Gudrun Pausewang (1983)
Brother in the Land by Robert Swindells (1984)
The Devil on My Back and The Dream Catcher by Monica Hughes (1984, 1987)
Futuretrack 5 by Robert Westall (1984)
Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence (1985)
Earthchange by Clare Cooper (1985)
This Time of Darkness by H.M. Hoover (1985)
The Winter Trilogy by Pamela F. Service (1985-2008)
The Keeper by Barry Faville (1986)
The Others by Alison Prince (1986)
Taronga by Victor Kelleher (1986)
The Makers by Victor Kelleher (1987)
The Sword and the Dream Duology by Janice Elliott (1987, 1988)
The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody (1987-2008, ongoing)
Cityscape by Frances Thomas (1988)
The Lake at the End of the World by Caroline Macdonald (1988)
Children of Time by Deborah Moulton (1989)
The Glimpses by Laurence Staig (1989)
Plague 99 (a.k.a. Plague) and Come Lucky April (a.k.a. After the Plague) by Jean Ure (1989, 1992)
Why Weeps the Brogan? by Hugh Scott (1989)

1990s
Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes (1990)
Smart Rats by Thomas Baird (1990)
The Eye Witness by Caroline Macdonald (1991)
The Dark Future Series by Laurence James (1992)
The Baby and the Fly Pie by Melvin Burgess (1993)
The Giver Trilogy by Lois Lowry (1993-2004)
The Parkland Series by Victor Kelleher (1994-1996)
The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden (1994-1999) and The Ellie Chronicles (2003-2006)
The His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (1995-2000) (dystopian elements)
The Time Keeper Trilogy by Barbara Bartholomew (1995)
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland (1996)
Cave Rats by Kerry Greenwood (1997)
The Scavenger's Tale by Rachel Anderson (1997)
Shade's Children by Garth Nix (1997)
The Virtual War Chronologs by Gloria Skurzynski (1997-2006)
Off the Road by Nina Bawden (1998)
Originator by Claire Carmichael (1998)
The Shadow Children Sequence by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1998-2006)
Bloodtide and Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess (1999, 2005)
The Cure by Sonia Levitin (1999)
Fabricant by Claire Carmichael (1999)

Contemporary
The Heaven and Earth Trilogy by Richard Harland (2000-2003)
Incognito by Claire Carmichael (2000)
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick (2000)
Mortal Engines Quartet (a.k.a. The Hungry City Chronicles) by Philip Reeve (2001-2006)
The Wintering Trilogy by Stephen Bowkett (2001-2002)
Feed by M.T. Anderson (2002)
The Fire-Us Trilogy by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher (2002-2003)
Green Boy by Susan Cooper (2002)
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (2002)
The Books of Ember by Jeanne Duprau (2003-2008, ongoing)
The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn (2004)
Bringing Reuben Home by Glenda Millard (2004)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (2004)
Sharp North and Blown Away by Patrick Cave (2004, 2005)
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer (2004)
Useful Idiots by Jan Mark (2004)
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White (2005)
The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton (2005)
Stolen Voices by Ellen Dee Davidson (2005)
The Traces Series by Malcolm Rose (2005-2208, ongoing)
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld (2005-2007)
Ads R Us (a.k.a. Leaving Simplicity) by Claire Carmichael (2006)
Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2006, 2008)
Rash by Pete Hautman (2006)
The Six of Hearts Series by Jack Heath (2006-ongoing)
The Declaration and The Resistance by Gemma Malley (2007, 2008)
Fearless by Tim Lott (2007)
The Silenced by James DeVita (2007)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (2007)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson (2008)
Bad Faith by Gillian Philip (2008)
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen (2008)
Exodus by Julie Bertagna (2008, sequel Zenith pending in 2009)
Gone by Michael Grant (2008, sequel Hunger pending in 2009)
The Grassland Trilogy by David Ward (2008-ongoing)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008, sequel Catching Fire pending in 2009)
The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking, Book One by Patrick Ness (2008, sequel pending 2009)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2008)
Neptune's Children by Bonnie Dobkin (2008)
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman (2008)



"Every new question is going to disturb someone's universe..."
Madeleine L'Engle, address to the Library of Congress
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