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Title: MG SF/F collections?
Post by: SarahW on July 10, 2015, 08:32 AM
Is there any MG collections that combine science fiction and urban fantasy? I know there are Post Apocalypse books long before it became inundated in recent years. I'm just not going to read through every dystopia out there, and would like to prune reads for what I really need.

In this 1001 books to read before you grow up, it only goes up to as recent as 2008 or 2010. And even then it seems like there is only novels, and few novelette collections that aren't specifically chapter books.

I'm increasingly of the more 10,000 word mindset and less 24,000 word mindset.
Title: Re: MG SF/F collections?
Post by: Artemesia on July 10, 2015, 09:54 AM
It's pretty old, but I really loved Ben Bova's City of Darkness. It's a novella. I'm not sure if it was specifically written for kids, but the characters are teens. It's more SF, but it definitely has an urban element, and I'm not sure if you'll find many examples of what you are specifically looking for.
Title: Re: MG SF/F collections?
Post by: Kandi J Wyatt on July 12, 2015, 03:07 PM
Hi, I'm not sure if it is exactly middle grade, because the protagonist is 14 years old, but Timothy Zahn's Dragonback series is a good sci-fi with some urban placements. He goes to different settings depending on the book. Hope that helps.
Title: Re: MG SF/F collections?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on July 13, 2015, 06:38 AM
There might be a Guys Read collection to fit this theme. Look them up on Amazon. The web page isn't up to date.
Title: Re: MG SF/F collections?
Post by: Artemesia on July 13, 2015, 09:07 AM
By collections, do you means series or anthologies?

As far as I know, a 10k word MG or YA isn't likely to be published by itself, but there are a few anthologies out there. What about SF/F magazines? I think some of them still publish works of that length.
Title: Re: MG SF/F collections?
Post by: SarahW on August 23, 2015, 03:32 PM
Oh I mean story collections by one author.

Incedentally my search became moot as my writing became more futuristic magic realism.

Sorry for slow reaponce, don't have WiFi all the time.