September Brandon Sanderson, the prolific fantasy writer who released the The
Rithmatist to much acclaim, will once again appeal to a younger audience with Steelheart. Sanderson isn't the only one tapping
into the YA market--a crop of established SF&F authors are also crossing
over. Here's a roundup of who's releasing what.
Melissa Marr Marr, author of adult fantasies Graveminder and more recently The Arrivals, and Hugo Award winner Tim Pratt corral a stable of writers to retell
12 classic tales for the young adult set in Rags & Bones. Included is Neil
Gaiman’s take on “Sleeping Beauty,” Saladin
Ahmed's spin on Sir Edmund Spenser's The
Faerie Queene, and Gene Wolfe’s rendition of "The Caged White Werewolf of the
Saraban" by William Seabrook. Marr also has the YA fantasy Desert Tales releasing in October.
Joe Abercrombie In July Abercrombie, writer of the First of Law trilogy, Best Served Cold, and other epic fantasies, took to his blog to introduce Half a King, a fantasy he envisions for 12- to 16-year-olds. Of writing for a younger crowd Abercrombie said, "I don’t feel that I’ve compromised on the way I’ve written. I think
it’s as tough, surprising, challenging, and morally 'grey' as the rest
of my output." Half a King will come out in July 2014 and will be followed by two sequels and a new adult trilogy.
Mead Mead took a break from her Bloodlines and Vampire Academy series to once again write for adults with Gameboard
of the Gods, the first in the Age of X saga. But before she releases another installment, she'll return to the Bloodlines with The Fiery Heart, out in November.
Kadrey The urban fantasy author follows up Kill City Blues, the latest chapter
in the Sandman Slim series, with Dead Set, his first YA novel. In it, a young
woman finds herself helping her deceased father escape from “a dark and awful
version of the afterlife.”