There's an absolutely fantastic profile of Patrick Ness, author of The Knife Of Never Letting Go, over at Publishers Weekly. Find out how he sold Knife based on just a 40-page excerpt, and how he's finishing another author's book.
The publishing industry is rushing to put out as many dystopian novels for teenagers as possible. Why is this? These grim survival-of-the-fittest worlds reflect teenagers' real lives, argues Laura Miller in a must-read New Yorker essay.
You think your city's leadership is bad? Just look at these 10 stand-out examples of terrible mayors and awful city leaders from science fiction and urban fantasy. They steal, they kill, they won't give the people air!
More proof that the young-adult post-apocalyptic novel is where it's at: The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness has picked up the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize. Like City Of Ember, Hunger Games and countless others, Never Letting follows a teenage boy and girl on a quest to survive and transform a ruined world.…