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Who are the hot SF/F and horror authors? [Nov. 10th, 2011|06:19 pm]
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Was in at Cooma/Monaro Books and Music today, chatting away with Sam, who does a lot of the ordering. She's wanting to expand the science fiction, fantasy, and horror section, and figured she'd ask me for some names. Gave her a couple but it had been a long day and I'm in no way up with the genres at the moment, so I said I'd ask my friends.

So, who is writing the good stuff at the moment? And what are the must reads of the last five or ten years?

Assume I know nothing, you're close to right, and you'll be helping a very good rural bookshop become that much cooler.

PS, feel free to suggest any really fabulous non-genre titles.

[User Picture]From: davidcook
2011-11-10 11:29 am (UTC)

Random selection of authors I've enjoyed lately* ...

Catherynne Valente - anything you can get your hands on :) Recent releases include Deathless, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and Habitation of the Blessed.
Mira Grant : Feed, (zombies + US politics), and Deadline (sequel)
and she's actually Seanan McGuire, who has five books now out in the October Daye series, I guess they'd be classed as "urban fantasy".
Elizabeth Bear - she's done a range of SF and Fantasy, all good.
K J Parker - Mostly writes low-magic fantasy, often slightly grim.
Tansy Rayner Roberts - her latest series (Creature Court) is good fun.
Amanda Downum - fantasy/detective, the main character is a necromancer investigator.
Cory Doctorow - Little Brother, of course, and more that I haven't caught up withyet.
Jo Walton - the "Small Change" trilogy (Farthing, Ha'penny, Half a Crown), and Among Others
N K Jemisin - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (and sequels)
Charles Stross - lots of stuff.
John Scalzi - Agent to the Stars, Lisa liked Fuzzy Nation, and of course Old Man's War and Zoe's Tale.
Julie Czerneda - has quite a few SF series out now, I've enjoyed the ones I've read (errr, something-something Trade series, can't remember exactly :-) )

* "lately" seems to be the last year and a half :)

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