The Hugo Award nominations have been announced, and I was thrilled to see that three out of the five nominees for Best Novel were published as young adult books: “Little Brother,” by Cory Doctorow, “The Graveyard Book,” by Neil Gaiman, and “Zoe’s Tale,” by John Scalzi. I guess that YA SF/F is no longer the bastard stepchild of speculative fiction and is finally getting the respect that it deserves! Of course, all three of the authors nominated for YA books are established adult authors, but if it takes top notch adult authors writing in the YA genre to focus attention on it, then I’m all for it. Hopefully it will also bring more attention and recognition to some of the outstanding authors who specialize in young adult SF/F.
I’d also like to point out that all three were Cybils nominees. We recognized ’em first!