YALSA’s upcoming YA Literature Symposium will explore the future of young adult literature. The symposium begins on November 2nd, but we wanted to get a head start here at The Hub, so we’re devoting October to 31 Days of the Next Big Thing. Each day of the month, we’ll bring you forecasts about where YA literature is headed and thoughts on how you can spot trends and predict the future yourself.
There are still many people who aren’t familiar with the term steampunk, but when you describe a book with steampunk elements in it they understand. It’s a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy and usually contains elements of alternate history, the paranormal, and romance. The covers or illustrations often depict clockwork gears, goggles, steam engines representing the Victorian era, and dirigibles or other flying machines. Traditionally, steampunk novels are set mainly during the Victorian and Edwardian eras in London, or in the American Wild West, but there are many exceptions such as Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series, which is set in an alternate World War I in Europe.
Coincidentally, as I’m writing this, I’m watching Steamboy, the animated Japanese 2004 steampunk film that incorporates all the elements found in the best steampunk fiction. I just missed posting this last week during book publisher Tor’s 4th annual Steampunk Week. Tor had lots of great posts, articles, short stories, and sweepstake offers on its website.
Steampunk isn’t new, but there’s been a big increase in steampunk books written for teens in the past several years and more written by women. Continue reading The Next Big Thing: Steampunk